Stephen King


Anthologies: The Year's Best Fantasy & Horror: Eighth Annual Collection (1995), The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Seventeenth Annual Collection (2004), By Blood We Live (2009), The Secret History of Fantasy (2010)




The Year's Best Fantasy & Horror: Eighth Annual Collection (1995) edited by Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling

Transmutations by Patricia A. McKillip Bottom's Dream by Rachel Wetzsteon La Promesa by Leroy Quintana Aweary of the Sun by Gregory Feeley A Wheel in the Desert, the Moon on Some Swings by Jonathan Carroll Who Will Love the River God? by Emily Newland Brothers by Joyce Carol Oates Subsoil by Nicholson Baker Elvis's Bathroom by Pagan Kennedy Yet Another Poisoned Apple for the Fairy Princess by A. R. Morlan The Big Game by Nicholas Royle Buenaventura and the Fifteen Sisters by Margarita Engle De Natura Unicorni by Jane Yolen
Blue Motel by Ian McDonald A Friend Indeed by David Garnett Sometimes, in the Rain by Charles L. Grant Rain Falls by Michael Marshall Smith That Old School Tie by Jack Womack Animals Behind Bars! by Scott Bradfield Monuments to the Dead by Kristine Kathryn Rusch Unterseeboot Doktor by Ray Bradbury Young Woman in a Garden by Delia Sherman The Man in the Black Suit by Stephen King
'In the Tradition...' by Michael Swanwick Words Like Pale Stones by Nancy Kress
Märchen by Jane Yolen Giants in the Earth by Dale Bailey A Conflagration Artist by Bradley Denton Report by Carme Riera The Village of the Mermaids by John Bradley —And the Horses Hiss at Midnight by A. R. Morlan The Entreaty of the Wiideema by Barry Lopez White Chapel by Douglas Clegg The Stone Woman by Linda Weasel Head Coyote Stories by Charles de Lint
The Box by Jack Ketchum A Fear of Dead Things by Andrew Klavan He Unwraps Himself by Darrell Schweitzer Chandira by Brian Mooney Fever by Harlan Ellison The Best Things in Life by Lenora Champagne Mending Souls by Judith Tarr The Ocean and All Its Devices by William Browning Spencer Strings by Kelley Eskridge Superman's Diary by B. Brandon Barker Isobel Avens Returns to Stepney in the Spring by M. John Harrison The Sisterhood of Night by Steven Millhauser Winter Bodies by Noy Holland The Sloan Men by David Nickle Is That Them? by Kevin Roice The Kingdom of Cats and Birds by Geoffrey A. Landis Angel Combs by Steve Rasnic Tem Snow, Glass, Apples. by Neil Gaiman

Published by St Martins Press

The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Seventeenth Annual Collection (2004) edited by Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling

Kij Johnson - At the Mouth of the River of Bees
Sara Maitland - Why I Became a Plumber
M. Rickert - Bread and Bombs
George Saunders - The Red Bow
Vandana Singh - The Wife
Lucius Shepard - Only Partly Here
Steve Rasnic Tem - Bone
Laird Barron - Old Virginia
Neil Gaiman - A Study in Emerald
Nathan Ballingrud - You Go Where It Takes You
Dean Francis Alfar - L'Aquilone du Estrellas (The Kite of Stars)
Stephen King - Harvey's Dream
Ursula K. Le Guin - Woeful Tales from Mahigul
Karen Joy Fowler - King Rat
Kelly Link - The Hortlak
Brian Hodge - With Acknowledgments to Sun Tzu
Richard Butner - Ash City Stomp
Michael Swanwick - King Dragon
Patrick O'Leary - Invisible Geese: A Theory
Patrick O'Leary - The Perfect City
Peter Crowther - Bedfordshire
Adam Corbin Fusco - N007-JK1
Marc Laidlaw - Cell Call
Philip Raines and Harvey Wells - The Fishie
Dale Bailey - Hunger: A Confession
Scott Emerson Bull - Mr. Sly Stops for a Cup of Joe
Megan Whalen Turner - The Baby in the Night Deposit Box
Paul LaFarge - Lamentation over the Destruction of Ur
Mike O'Driscoll - The Silence of the Falling Stars
Jon Woodward - At the Mythical Beast
Paolo Bacigalupi - The Fluted Girl
Kevin Brockmeier - The Brief History of the Dead
Nina Kiriki Hoffman - Flotsam
Dan Chaon - The Bees
Glen Hirshberg - Dancing Men
Theodora Goss - Lily, with Clouds
Karen Traviss - The Man Who Did Nothing
Shelley Jackson - Husband
Michael Marshall Smith - Open Doors
Benjamin Rosenbaum - The Valley of the Giants
Thomas Ligotti - Purity
Maureen F. McHugh - Ancestor Money
Terry Bisson - Almost Home
Daphne Gottlieb - Final Girl II: The Frame

Published by St. Martin's Griffin

By Blood We Live (2009) edited by John Joseph Adams

Snow, Glass, Apples - Neil Gaiman
The Master of Rampling Gate - Anne Rice
Under St. Peter’s - Harry Turtledove
Child of an Ancient City - Tad Williams
Lifeblood - Michael A. Burstein
Endless Night - Barbara Roden
Infestation - Garth Nix
Life is the Teacher - Carrie Vaughn
The Vechi Barbat - Nancy Kilpatrick
The Beautiful, The Damned - Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Pinecones - David Wellington
Do Not Hasten to Bid Me Adieu - Norman Partridge
Foxtrot at High Noon - Sergei Lukyanenko
This is Now - Michael Marshall Smith
Blood Gothic - Nancy Holder
Mama Gone - Jane Yolen
Abraham’s Boys - Joe Hill
Nunc Dimittis - Tanith Lee
Hunger - Gabriela Lee
Ode to Edvard Munch - Caitlín R. Kiernan
Finders Keepers - L.A. Banks
After the Stone Age - Brian Stableford
Much at Stake - Kevin J. Anderson
House of the Rising Sun - Elizabeth Bear
A Standup Dame - Lilith Saintcrow
Twilight - Kelley Armstrong
In Darkness, Angels - Eric Van Lustbader
Sunrise on Running Water - Barbara Hambly
Hit - Bruce McAllister
Undead Again - Ken MacLeod
Peking Man - Robert J. Sawyer
Necros - Brian Lumley
Exsanguinations - Catherynne M. Valente
Lucy in Her Splendor - Charles Coleman Finlay
The Wide, Carnivorous Sky - John Langan
One for the Road - Stephen King

The Secret History of Fantasy (2010) edited by Peter S. Beagle

This is an interesting collection of short stories, by some very good authors. I can’t say all the stories were to my taste, but they were all very good.


Steven King’s “Mrs. Todd’s Shortcut” is not a scary story. A bit unsettling perhaps, and quite surreal in places, but not scary. And I liked the very idea of it.


All in all, an excellent collection of stories, albeit one I don’t recommend reading when you’re depressed.
Rating: 8/10