Lovecraft Unbound

by on Jan.19, 2010

Lovecraft Unbound

Lovecraft Unbound

Starred Review for The Best Horror of the Year in Publishers Weekly

Edited by Ellen Datlow

After 22 years of pulling the horror content for the now-discontinued Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror series, Datlow (Lovecraft Unbound) goes solo with this stellar start to a new “best of” annual. As in the past, her picks confirm that “horror” is a storytelling approach with endlessly inventive possibilities.

In E. Michael Lewis’s “Cargo,” a haunting Twilight Zone–type tale, an airplane picks up something otherworldly as part of its latest transport. Euan Harvey’s creepy “Harry and the Monkey” turns an urban legend into reality. R.B. Russell’s “Loup-garou” is a highly original shape-shifter story with a subtle psychological twist, and Daniel LeMoal’s “Beach Head” a bracing conte cruel with a Lord of the Flies cast.

In addition to the richly varied stories, Datlow provides her usual comprehensive coverage of the year in horror in an introduction that’s indispensable reading for horror aficionados.

Introduction by Ellen Datlow

  • “The Crevasse” by Dale Bailey and Nathan Ballingrud
  • “The Office of Doom” by Richard Bowes
  • “Sincerely, Petrified” by Anna Tambour
  • “The Din of Celestial Birds” by Brian Evenson
  • “The Tenderness of Jackals” by Amanda Downum
  • “Sight Unseen” by Joel Lane
  • “Cold Water Survival” by Holly Phillips
  • “Come Lurk with Me and Be My Love” by William Browning Spencer
  • “Houses Under the Sea” by Caitlín R. Kierna
  • “Machines of Concrete Light and Dark” by Michael Cisco
  • “Leng” by Marc Laidlaw
  • “In the Black Mill” by Michael Chabon
  • “One Day, Soon” by Lavie Tidhar
  • “Commencement” by Joyce Carol Oates
  • “Vernon, Driving” by Simon Kurt Unsworth
  • “The Recruiter” by Michael Shea
  • “Marya Nox” by Gemma Files
  • “Mongoose” by Sarah Monette & Elizabeth Bear
  • “Catch Hell” by Laird Barron
  • “That of Which We Speak When We Speak of the Unspeakable” by Nick Mamatas

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