Editor Ellen Datlow has sent along the table of contents for her upcoming anthology The Best Horror of the Year, Volume 6:

Here’s the book description:

This statement was true when H. P. Lovecraft first wrote it at the beginning of the twentieth century, and it remains true at the beginning of the twenty-first century. The only thing that has changed is what is unknown.

With each passing year, science, technology, and the march of time shine light into the craggy corners of the universe, making the fears of an earlier generation seem quaint. But this “light” creates its own shadows. The Best Horror of the Year, edited by Ellen Datlow, chronicles these shifting shadows. It is a catalog of terror, fear, and unpleasantness, as articulated by today’s most challenging and exciting writers.

The best horror writers of today do the same thing that horror writers of a hundred years ago did. They tell good stories—stories that scare us. And when these writers tell really good stories that really scare us, Ellen Datlow notices. She’s been noticing for more than a quarter century. For twenty-one years, she coedited The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror, and for the last six years, she’s edited this series. In addition to this monumental cataloging of the best, she has edited hundreds of other horror anthologies and won numerous awards, including the Hugo, Bram Stoker, and World Fantasy awards.

More than any other editor or critic, Ellen Datlow has charted the shadowy abyss of horror fiction. Join her on this journey into the dark parts of the human heart . . . either for the first time . . . or once again.

Here’s the table of contents…

  1. “Apports” by Stephen Bacon (Black Static #36)
  2. “Mr. Splitfoot” by Dale Bailey (Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells)
  3. “The Good Husband” by Nathan Ballingrud (North American Lake Monsters)
  4. “The Tiger” by Nina Allan (Terror Tales of London)
  5. “The House on Cobb Street” by Linda E. Rucker (Nightmare #9 June)
  6. “The Soul in the Bell Jar” by KJ Kabza (F&SF November/Dec)
  7. “Call Out” by Stephen Toase (Innsmouth Magazine #12)
  8. “That Tiny Flutter of the Heart I Used to Call Love” by Robert Shearman (Psycho-Mania)
  9. “Bones of Crow” by Ray Cluley (Black Static #37)
  10. “Introduction to the Body in Fairy Tales” by Jeannine Hall Gailey (Phantom Drift #3)
  11. “The Fox” by Conrad Williams (This is Horror chapbook)
  12. “The Tin House” by Simon Clark (Shadow Masters)
  13. “Stemming the Tide” by Simon Strantzas (Dead North)
  14. “The Anatomist’s Mnemonic” by Priya Sharma (Black Static #32.)
  15. “The Monster Makers” by Steve Rasnic Tem (Black Static #35)
  16. “The Only Ending We Have” by Kim Newman (Psycho-Mania)
  17. “The Dog’s Paw” by Derek Künsken (Chilling Tales: In Words, Alas, Drown I)
  18. “Fine in the Fire” by Lee Thomas (Like Light For Flies)
  19. “Majorlena” by Jane Jakeman (Supernatural Tales 24)
  20. “The Withering” by Tim Casson (Black Static 32)
  21. “Down to a Sunless Sea” by Neil Gaiman (The Guardian.com)
  22. “Jaws of Saturn” by Laird Barron (The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All)
  23. “Halfway Home” by Linda Nagata (Nightmare #12)
  24. “The Same Deep Waters as You” by Brian Hodge (Weirder Shadows Over Innsmouth)

The release date is currently set at June 3, 2014.

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