Great review of Year’s Best Weird Fiction

Esteemed writer Nathan Ballingrud has posted a review of Year’s Best Weird Fiction on

“Well, it’s a triumph. A really well-assembled collection, which succeeds in distinguishing itself from the best horror and best fantasy anthologies with an eclectic table of contents and a good opening essay by guest editor Laird Barron, in which he deftly uses Algernon Blackwood’s “The Willows” as a case study in describing his particular take on what makes a story “weird.” I love most of the stories in this book, and some are downright incandescent – from Paul Tremblay’s bleak “Swim Wants to Know If It’s As Bad As Swim Thinks” to the nightmare logic of Kristi DeMeester’s “Like Feather, Like Bone,” to the volcanic vision of Jeff VanderMeer’s “No Breather in the World But Thee”. I’m genuinely excited about where this is going. Barron did a knockout job, and series editor Michael Kelly deserves applause for getting this off the ground. The best part of the whole project? Rotating editors, keeping the perspective fresh, and the definition of the “weird” fluid. I’m already excited to see what Kathe Koja brings to the table next year.”

  2 comments for “Great review of Year’s Best Weird Fiction

  1. October 19, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    Good on you, Michael, really pleased for you.

  2. October 19, 2014 at 1:08 pm


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