The Year's Best Fantasy: 1st Annual Collection

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Cover of The Year's Best Fantasy: 1st Annual Collection
St. Martin's Griffin, 1988 - Edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling - Cover art by Thomas Canty

Personal Notes[edit]

I adored multi-author anthologies as a tween, but by high school I’d become fascinated with how individual authors’ work progresses over time. The 600-page collections were pushed aside by my growing fondness for novels and single-author anthologies. I didn’t get back into multi-author anthologies for a few years.

This book came out my second year of college, and I still have the copy I picked up at the long-dead Monkey’s Retreat (a comic book store that had a rack in the back of battered fiction books they’d bought at pennies on the dollar from broke-ass students). The dust jacket is long gone; my book is coffee-stained, has water damage, and is just generally beaten all to hell…and I absolutely adore it. This is the book that caused me to fall back in love with multi-author anthologies, so starting here just makes sense.

The Year’s Best Fantasy: First Annual Collection kicked off the industry powerhouse anthology series The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror, which ran for two decades. This first volume compiles outstanding fantasy and horror fiction and poetry that was originally published in 1987.

As each story's page goes live, I will link it in the Contents list below.


Buffalo Gals, Won't You Come Out TonightK. Le Guin
A World Without ToysT.M. Wright
DX – Joe Haldeman (poem)
Friend’s Best Man – Jonathan Carroll
The Snow Apples – Gwyneth Jones
Ever After – Susan Palwick
My Name is Dolly – William F. Nolan
The Moon’s Revenge – Joan Aiken
Author’s Notes – Edward Bryant
Lake George in High August – John Robert Bensink
Csucskári – Steven Brust
The Other Side – Ramsey Campbell
Pamela’s Get – David J. Schow
Voices in the Wind – Elizabeth S. Helfman
Once Upon a Time, She Said – Jane Yolen
The Circular Library of Stones – Carol Emshwiller
Soft Monkey – Harlan Ellison
Fat Face – Michael Shea
Uncle Dobbin’s Parrot Fair – Charles de Lint
The Pear-Shaped Man – George R.R. Martin
Delta Sly Honey – Lucius Shepard
Small Heirlooms – M. John Harrison
The Improper Princess – Patricia C. Wrede
The Fable of the Farmer and the Fox – John Brunner
Haunted – Joyce Carol Oates
Dead Possums – Kathryn Ptacek
Pictures Made of Stones – Lucius Shepard
SPLATTER: A Cautionary Tale – Douglas E. Winter
Gentlemen – John Skipp and Craig Spector
Demon Luck – Craig Shaw Gardner
Words of Power – Jane Yolen
Jamie’s Grave – Lisa Tuttle
The Maid on the Shore – Delia Sherman
Halley’s Passing – Michael McDowell
White Trains – Lucius Shepard (poem)
Simple Sentences – Natalie Babbitt
A Hypothetical Lizard – Alan Moore

Other Content[edit]

Summation 1987: Fantasy - Terri Windling
Summation 1987: Horror - Ellen Datlow
Horror and Fantasy on the Screen: 1987 - Edward Bryant
Obituaries: 1987 - James Frenkel
Honorable Mentions: 1987

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