Year's Best Weird Fiction

Each volume of the Year’s Best Weird Fiction will feature a different guest editor. Along with 125,000 words of the finest strange fiction from the previous year, each volume will include an introduction from the editor, a year in review column, and a short list of other notable stories.

Once the purview of esoteric readers, Weird fiction is enjoying wider popularity. Throughout its storied history there has not been a dedicated volume of the year’s best weird writing. There are a host of authors penning weird and strange tales that defy easy categorization. Tales that slip through genre cracks. A yearly anthology of the best of these writings is long overdue. So . . . welcome to the Year's Best Weird Fiction.

Table of Contents

  • “Success” by Michael Blumlein, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Nov./Dec.
  • “Like Feather, Like Bone” by Kristi DeMeester, Shimmer #17
  • “A Terror” by Jeffrey Ford,, July.
  • “The Key to Your Heart Is Made of Brass” by John R. Fultz, Fungi #21
  • “A Cavern of Redbrick” by Richard Gavin, Shadows & Tall Trees #5
  • “The Krakatoan” by Maria Dahvana Headley, Nightmare Magazine/The Lowest Heaven, July.
  • “Bor Urus” by John Langan, Shadow’s Edge
  • “Furnace” by Livia Llewellyn, The Grimscribe’s Puppets
  • “Eyes Exchange Bank” by Scott Nicolay, The Grimscribe’s Puppets
  • “A Quest of Dream” by W.H. Pugmire, Bohemians of Sesqua Valley
  • “(he) Dreams of Lovecraftian Horror” by Joseph S. Pulver Sr., Lovecraft eZine #28
  • “Dr. Blood and the Ultra Fabulous Glitter Squadron” by A.C. Wise, Ideomancer Vol. 12 Issue 2
  • “The Year of the Rat” by Chen Quifan, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, July/August.
  • “Fox into Lady” by Anne-Sylvie Salzman, Darkscapes
  • “Olimpia’s Ghost” by Sofia Samatar, Phantom Drift #3
  • "The Nineteenth Step" by Simon Strantzas, Shadows Edge
  • “The Girl in the Blue Coat” by Anna Taborska, Exotic Gothic 5 Vol. 1
  • “In Limbo” by Jeffrey Thomas, Worship the Night
  • “Moonstruck” by Karin Tidbeck, Shadows & Tall Trees #5
  • “Swim Wants to Know If It’s as Bad as Swim Thinks” by Paul Tremblay, Bourbon Penn #8
  • “No Breather in the World But Thee” by Jeff VanderMeer, Nightmare Magazine, March.
  • “Shall I Whisper to You of Moonlight, of Sorrow, of Pieces of Us?” by Damien Angelica Walters, Shock Totem #7.

Reviews of Year's Best Weird Fiction:

With this crowdfunded volume, series editor Kelly (Gods and Monsters) and guest editor Barron (The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All) launch a promising and necessary showcase for alien and unclassifiable works. Supporting Kelly’s definition of weird fiction as "a mode of literature that is present in other genres," these 22 vivid stories offer thrills from many directions: the boot-camp dystopia of Chen Qiufan, the futuristic steampunk of John R. Fultz, the fevered prose poetry of Joseph S. Pulver Sr., and the family apocalypses of Livia Llewellyn. Among such strong company, special standouts include A.C. Wise’s gloriously queer pulp homage "Dr. Blood and the Ultra Fabulous Glitter Squadron," Maria Dahvana Headley’s densely mythic, non-binary "The Krakatoan," and Sofia Samatar’s superb, biographical "Olimpia’s Ghost," which is evocatively reminiscent of Angela Carter. Barron and Kelly amploy prove that weird fiction can fill an anthology with delightful and surprising stories.
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Other Reviews

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Editor Info

Laird Barron will be editing the inaugural volume of The Year’s Best Weird Fiction. Barron is one of finest practitioners of the weird tale. His work has been nominated for several awards, and has been reprinted in numerous “Year’s Best” anthologies.

Michael Kelly is a Shirley Jackson Award and British Fantasy award Nominee. he is the author of two short story collections, Scratching the Surface, and Undertow and Other Laments, as well as co-author of the novel Ouroboros. His fiction has appeared widely in anthologies and journals, including All Hallows, Best New Horror, Black Static, Carlton Arts Review, Imaginarium 2013: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing, The Literary Journal, Murmurations, Northern Horror, Plum Ruby Review, PostScripts, Space & Time, Supernatural Tales, and Tesseracts 13 & 16. Michael was a fiction editor at (2004–2007), and has edited four anthologies: Apparitions, Chilling Tales, Chilling Tales 2, and Songs From Dead Singers.

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