#BOOKREVIEW | The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror Anthology edited by Paula Guran @paulaguran @samijolien @KayePublicity #amreading #bookblogger #darkfantasy #horror #anthology

⭐Happy Release Day!⭐

Hello! I am excited to share my review of The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror edited by Paula Guran! Thank you to Kaye Publicity for the ARC copy. Let me know if this sounds like something you’d read!

The Year’s Best
Volume Two
(PYR — October 19, 2021)

I have no doubt that readers will be impressed by the stories Guran offers.

— Locus

The supernatural, the surreal, and the all-too real . . . tales of the dark. Such stories have always fascinated us, and modern authors carry on the disquieting traditions of the past while inventing imaginative new ways to unsettle us. Chosen from a wide variety of venues, these stories are as eclectic and varied as shadows.

This volume of The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror offers more than four hundred pages of tales from some of today’s finest writers of the fantastique?

Sure to delight as well as disturb!



The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror: Volume Two is a collection of utterly fantastic short stories. I am thrilled I had the chance to read this anthology. Not only did these stories surprise and entertain, I have another a list of authors to keep an eye on.

Over four hundred pages of dark fantasy and horror; my top two favorite genres to read. I know sometimes when a reviewer reviews an anthology, they pick their favorite story, but I can’t pick. Each story was different, but what they all had in common was incredible writing. I kept telling myself, “one more story,” until I’d managed to read the entire collection in one sitting.

I need to check out volume one, now. It is clear editor Paula Guran knows how to select some amazing stories and I want more. I loved this so much. I highly recommend giving this a shot! Don’t miss out. Perfect for this time of year!!

Thank you to Kaye Publicity for the ARC copy to review. All opinions are my own and unbiased.



Meet Paula Guran

Freelance editor, anthologist, and reviewer Paula Guran has edited nearly 50 science fiction, fantasy, and horror anthologies and more than 50 novels and collections featuring the same.

She edits the annual Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror series (first ten volumes with Prime; now published by Pyr), and in an earlier life, produced weekly email newsletter DarkEcho (winning two Bram Stoker Awards, an IHG Award and a World Fantasy Award Nomination) and edited Horror Garage (earning another IHG and a second World Fantasy nomination). She previously served seven years as senior editor for Prime Books, edited the Juno fantasy imprint, and has regularly contributed reviews, interviews, and articles to numerous professional publications.

Guran currently reviews for Locus Magazine and lives in Akron, Ohio.

Editor Paula Guran can be counted on cast a wide net when it comes to tone and genre, but to glean the best therein.

—Jaffalogue Reviews

The latest volume in Paula Guran’s successful series of Year’s Best in Dark Fantasy & Horror provides once again an exhaustive overview of the most accomplished short fiction appeared in print during the previous year.

—British Fantasy Society Reviews


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