The Best Horror of the Year, Volume Two by

samiism's review

Go to review page


There are two entries in this anthology that I particularly loved: "Lowland Sea" by Suzy McKee Charnas and "each thing I show you is a piece of my death" by Gemma Files and Stephen J. Barringer.

Everything else was kinda meh. Both of my favorites have that special blend of creepy, chilling, relatable, and uncanny.

Lowland Sea is the tale of a group of Hollywood production people who get stuck in a mansion in Cannes while outside, people are dying of the very contagious Red Sweat.

each thing I should you is a piece of my death is told through email exchanges, interview transcripts, and news reports. It's similar to The Ring, kind of. Focuses on "Background Man", a naked guy who shows up in videos but was never there when the video itself was shot.

If you're iffy about reading this, at least try these two stories. They'll keep you up at night.

sleepyboi2988's review

Go to review page


Another solid 4 stars. Ellen Datlow has a great gift in recognizing the macabre, terrifying, and absurd. This volume, compared to the first, had 2 stories that just didn't gel with me. Beyond that though these were all 4 and 5 star trips into horror and madness.

I liked the new page design here, each stories' author(s) were introduced at the beginning and made mention of other novels or work they had published. This was excellent for me as I was easily able to find some of my favorite's works on here and acquire them.

Again, just an incredibly solid volume that I'm glad I delved into.

ntrlycrly's review

Go to review page


More of a 3.5 star rating. Nice mixture of stories with legendary creatures haunting modern day subjects and a few stories of psychological terror as well.

yopo's review

Go to review page


Really fun book of short stories. Would definitely recommend. Horror that wasn't gruesome, suspense that wasn't schlocky. I only skipped a few stories, and mostly due to over-use of dialects or cheeseville settings. Would revisit a few stories:

"Each Thing I Show You is a Piece of my Death" by Gemma Files & Stephen J. Barringer
Reminded me a lot of House of Leaves. A scary tech story about some filmmakers organizing a film festival and a haunted tape that infects other films.

"What Happens When You Wake Up in the Night" by Michael Marshall Smith
Spooky short story, reminded me a lot of something out of Are You Afraid of the Dark. Good concept and didn't draw it out too long.

"Technicolor" by John Langan
A great mix of fantasy, academia, and suspense. Perfect note to end on, especially since the topic mimicked the first story's plot.