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Ellen Datlow
[Cover] The Year's Best Fantasy, Eleventh Annual Collection
& Terri Windling
St. Martin's Press (trade paperback, 505 pages, $17.95 US/$24.99 Canada)
Publication date: July 29, 1998

As Dozois does for science fiction, so editors Datlow and Windling do for horror and fantasy, respectively. This year they're back with the 11th installment of their Year's Best collection, this one offering 46 stories and poems collected from sources ranging from The New Yorker to The New England Review to Cemetery Dance. The summations -- on books, magazines, media, and comics -- from the two editors and returning contributors Edward Bryant, Seth Johnson, and Jim Frenkel, total over 110 pages, including the editors' list of recommended novels and collections for the year. The remainder of the book is given over to short fiction, this year featuring stories from Ray Bradbury, Steve Millhauser, Peter S. Beagle, Joyce Carrol Oates, Paul J. McAuley and Kim Newman, Howard Waldrop, Michael Cadnum, Jane Yolen and Charles de Lint.
Review by Steven Silver
Tom Canty
Silver Birch, Blood Moon (Fairy Tale Series, Volume 5)
and Terri Windling
Avon (trade paperback, 384 pages, $13.50 US)
Publication date: March, 1999

There are a lot of fantasy anthologies out there, but there aren't very many that have lasted five installments -- or attracted the kind of marquee contributors that Datlow and Windling have with their Fairy Tale Series. The theme for every volume has been approximately similar: classic fairy tales re-told with a modern edge. Or, to be more accurate, with an older edge -- in the style of Grimm and Grimm, before they were pasteurized for Victorian audiences. If you're not up to springing for a trade paperback, I suggest you try one of the first four volumes, most still available on paperback: Snow White, Blood Red; Black Thorn, White Rose; Ruby Slippers, Golden Tears; and Black Swan, White Raven. You'll be back for this one soon enough.
Series Review by Margo MacDonald
Black Swan, White Raven Review by Georges T. Dodds
Art: Tom Canty
Black Swan, White Raven (The Fairy Tales Anthologies, Book Four)
and Terri Windling
Avon EOS (reprint, trade paperback, 366 pages, $13 US/$17.50 Can)
Publication date: September 9, 1998 (First Printing: June 1997)

The fourth volume in the Fairy Tale series from Datlow and Windling -- following Ruby Slippers, Golden Tears, Black Thorn, White Rose, Snow White, Blood Red, and the soon-to-be-released Silver Birch, Blood Moon -- offers a continuing examination of the darker side of fairy tales, a deliberate breaking away from the drastically edited Victorian versions which were intended to entertain and instruct children. As the editors point out, the older versions are almost invariably darker and more complex, and are rich with timeless themes and potent archetypes. The latest volume offers up nineteen stories and two poems, with a number of retellings of the tale of Hansel and Gretel (by John Crowley, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, and Garry Kilworth), Snow White (Don Webb and Pat Murphy) and Sleeping Beauty (Karen Joy Fowler and Michael Blumlein). Other contributors include Nancy Kress, Joyce Carol Oates, and Jane Yolen.
Series Review: The Fairy Tales Anthologies by Margo MacDonald
[Cover] Ruby Slippers, Golden Tears
& Terri Windling, ed.
Avon hard cover
Another winning collection from Datlow and Windling, two of the hardest-working editors in the business.
[Cover] Twists of the Tale
Dell paperback
An anthology of Cat Horror which includes stories by Tanith Lee, Nancy Kress, Storm Constantine, Stephen King and Nina Kiriki Hoffman. It makes me sneeze just typing this.
Off Limits: Tales of Alien Sex
Ace paperback
Twenty-two provocative tales of alien encounters by Neil Gaiman, Joyce Carol Oates, Kathe Koja, Barry N. Malzberg, and many others.
[Cover] The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror (Ninth Annual Collection)
& Terri Windling, ed.
St. Martin's Press hard cover and trade paper
If you want to stay on top of what's happening in all three fields, these two collections (including Dozois' SF) are your best bet. Perfect Christmas gifts too!
[Cover] Year's Best Fantasy and Horror
& Terri Windling, ed.
St. Martin's hard cover and trade
It's the definitive collection of the year (along with Dozois's Year's Best SF).
[Cover] Little Deaths
Dell paperback
A handy little collection of erotic short stories.
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Tenth Annual Collection
& Terri Windling, ed.
St. Martin's Press
Hard to believe they're reached volume ten already. Datlow and Windling have been scouring publications of all shapes and sizes to gather together their Best list for a decade now, and have done the field an enormous service in the process. Their breadth is truly marvelous, with selections from small press and international sources that most readers would never encounter. One of the best anthologies of the year.

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