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REVIEW – The Best Horror of the Year, Volume 2 (2010) Edited by Ellen Datlow

March 25, 2010

SF Signal have my review of Ellen Datlow’s Horror anthology The Best Horror of the Year, Volume 2.

I really enjoyed some of the stories in this collection and I would definitely recommend it as a good starting place for anyone who is interested in getting into the genre.  I was really impressed by quite how stylish some of the stories are and by how aggressively the authors sought out new tropes to play with.

I had read three of the stories included in the volume before when I reviewed Datlow’s Poe (2009) for Strange Horizons.  In the intervening year or so I warmed to Charnas’ “Lowland Sea” but fell even further out with Barron’s “Strappado”.  My Poe review was memorable as my lack of enthusiasm for the collection lead to the editor siccing her flist on me.

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