The Year's Best Fantasy & Horror: 3rd Annual Collection

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Cover of The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: 3rd Annual Collection
St. Martin's Griffin, 1990 - Edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling - Cover art by Thomas Canty


The Year's Best Fantasy & Horror: Third Annual Collection compiles outstanding fantasy and horror fiction and poetry that was originally published in 1989. It also brings back Edward Bryant's round-up of horror and fantasy films, the editors' summations in their respective genres, an obituaries section that honors the passing of notable figures in genre media around the world, and the delightful Honorable Mentions section.

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


The Edge of the World - Michael Swanwick
The Adder - Fred Chappell
Cat in Glass - Nancy Etchemendy
Monsters, Tearing Off My Face- Rory Harper
Family - Joyce Carol Oates
A Dirge for Clowntown - James Powell
Miss Carstairs and the Merman - Delia Sherman
Unknown Things - Reginald Bretnor
Return to the Mutant Rain Forest - Bruce Boston and Robert Frazier (poem)
Date With a Bird - Tatyana Tolstaya
Them Bald-Headed Snays - Joseph A. Citro
A Sad Last Love at the Diner of the Damned - Edward Bryant
Hanging the Fool - Michael Moorcock
Hansel's Finger - Leif Enger
Dogfaerie - Garry Kilworth
A Bird That Whistles - Emma Bull
The Walled Garden - Lisa Tuttle
Varicose Worms - Scott Baker
The War With Things - Leszek Kolakowski
The Faery Flag - Jane Yolen
Souls Tied to the Knots on a Leather Cord - Zhaxi Dawa
The Illusionist - Steven Millhauser
Timeskip - Charles de Lint
Something Passed By - Robert R. McCammon
Self-Portrait Mixed Media on Pavement, 1988 - Dan Daly
The Plane Tree and the Fountain - Michael de Larrabeiti
White as Sin, Now - Tanith Lee
The Power and the Passion - Pat Cadigan
Jack Straw - Midori Snyder
The Sudd - J. N. Williamson
Mr. Fiddlehead - Jonathan Carroll
Shave and a Haircut, Two Bites - Dan Simmons
Cinema Altéré - Andrew Stephenson
Matters of Family - Gary A. Braunbeck
Beauty and the Beast: An Anniver Jane Yolen] (poem)
Find Me - Joan Aiken
Unidentified Objects - James P. Blaylock
Meeting the Author - Ramsey Campbell
The Lovers - Gwyneth Jones
Your Skin's Jes's Soft 'N Purty...He Said - Chet Williamson
Dori Bangs - Bruce Sterling
The Steel Valentine - Joe R. Lansdale
Equilibrium - John Shirley
Time Lapse - Joe Haldeman (poem)
White Noise - Garry Kilworth
Terrible Kisses - Robley Wilson
Sleepside Story - Greg Bear

Other Content[edit]

Summation 1989: Fantasy - Terri Windling
Summation 1989: Horror - Ellen Datlow
Horror and Fantasy on the Screen: 1989 - Edward Bryant
Obituaries: 1989 - James Frenkel
Honorable Mentions: 1989

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