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The Best Horror of the Year Volume Eight

The Best Horror of the Year Volume Eight, June 2016
by Kelley Armstrong, Ellen Datlow, Neil Gaiman

Night Shade Books
360 pages
ISBN: 1597808539
EAN: 9781597808538
Kindle: B01B6FJOO0
Paperback / e-Book
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"A collection filled with lots of chills."

Fresh Fiction Review

The Best Horror of the Year Volume Eight
Kelley Armstrong, Ellen Datlow, Neil Gaiman

Reviewed by Gabrielle Lee
Posted October 19, 2016


Are you ready for some chills and thrills? This collection of stories will have you turning the lights on and keeping them on. THE BEST HORROR OF THE YEAR VOLUME 8 has a great list of authors who each guarantee wonderful characters and world building. I was excited to see a few of my favorite authors in this collection. I enjoyed many of these stories and cannot just pick one as a favorite. This is a good collection of stories that will raise your flesh and more.

While I did enjoy all the stories included there were a few that really stood out for me. The authors do a nice job of weaving their worlds and characters that I found myself quickly lost in the stories. They run the gamut of places and things that will have your imagination running. From Halloween, an apocalypse, hunters and more there are many worlds to delve into and get lost in. These stories are well written and immerse the reader in the worlds that the authors have created. With so many worlds to pick from there is bound to be something to grab your attention. Each of these stories grabbed my attention and kept it all the way to the end. There are some twists and turns in these that only add to the enjoyment of the stories.

These quick reads pack a punch and gave me some chills to enjoy. The editor did a good job of collecting engaging stories that give you the shivers and may even keep you up at night. I enjoy the thrill of a scary story and I am always looking forward to these anthologies. Who doesn't love the thrill of a creepy story to get your adrenaline flowing?

Learn more about The Best Horror of the Year Volume Eight


A town is held hostage by an unholy bargain made by some of the inhabitants; a party game on Halloween brings back memories better left forgotten; one misstep changes the balance of survival during the apocalypse; a group of seemingly typical travelers are stranded in an airport; a widower’s holiday in a seaside town becomes a nightmare . . .

The Best Horror of the Year showcases the previous year’s best offerings in short fiction horror. This edition includes award-winning and critically acclaimed authors Neil Gaiman, Kelley Armstrong, Stephen Graham Jones, Carmen Maria Machado, and more.

For more than three decades, award-winning editor and anthologist Ellen Datlow has had her finger on the pulse of the latest and most terrifying in horror writing. Night Shade Books is proud to present the eighth volume in this annual series, a new collection of stories to keep you up at night.

Table of Contents:

  • Summation 2015 - Ellen Datlow
  • We Are All Monsters Here - Kelley Armstrong
  • Universal Horror - Stephen Graham Jones
  • Slaughtered Lamb - Tom Johnstone
  • In a Cavern, In a Canyon - Laird Barron
  • Between the Pilings - Steve Rasnic Tem
  • Snow - Dale Bailey
  • Indian Giver - Ray Cluley
  • My Boy Builds Coffins - Gary McMahon
  • The Woman in the Hill - Tamsyn Muir
  • Underground Economy - John Langan
  • The Rooms Are High - Reggie Oliver
  • All the Day You’ll Have Good Luck - Kate Jonez
  • Lord of the Sand - Stephen Bacon
  • Wilderness - Letitia Trent
  • Fabulous Beasts - Priya Sharma
  • Descent - Carmen Maria Machado
  • Hippocampus - Adam Nevill
  • Black Dog - Neil Gaiman
  • The 21st Century Shadow - Stephanie M. Wytovich
  • This Stagnant Breath of Change - Brian Hodge
  • Honorable Mentions

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