Posts Tagged "best of the year reprint"

To Die for Moonlight

by on Jul 2, 2013 in Short Fiction | 2 comments

The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror (Paula Guran) selection, 2014 8,700 Words I cut off her head before I buried her. I had no tools suitable to the task—only my pocketknife and the shovel—and it was a long, grisly, abhorrent job, but I had to do it, and I did. I could not leave the...

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Call Girl

by on Jun 4, 2013 in Short Fiction | 3 comments

The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy (Horton) selection, 2014 2,800 Words Translated by Ken Liu 1 Morning climbs in through the window as shadow recedes from Tang Xiaoyi’s body like a green tide imbued with the fragrance of trees. Where the tidewater used to be, now there...

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Ilse, Who Saw Clearly

by on May 7, 2013 in Short Fiction | 3 comments

The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy (Rich Horton) selection, 2014 5,300 Words Once, among the indigo mountains of Germany, there was a kingdom of blue-eyed men and women whose blood was tinged blue with cold. The citizens were skilled in clockwork, escapements, and piano...

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Armless Maidens of the American West

by on Aug 7, 2012 in Short Fiction | 23 comments

The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror (Paula Guran) selection, 2013 2,300 Words There’s an armless maiden in the woods beyond the house. She doesn’t wail or weep the way you’d think a ghost or a grieving girl would. Her footsteps are heavy—sometimes she loses her balance—but...

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The Bread We Eat in Dreams

by on Nov 1, 2011 in Short Fiction | 9 comments

The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror (Paula Guran) selection, 2013 Locus Awards Best Short Story 4th Place 7,000 Words In a sea of long grass and tiny yellow blueberry flowers some ways off of Route 1, just about halfway between Cobscook Bay and Passamaquoddy Bay, the town of...

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