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The twenty-one stories, novelettes, and one poem chosen this year were published in anthologies, collections, chapbooks, magazines, and as part of an e-book. The contributors hail from the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, and Canada. Six stories and the poem are by writers whose work I’ve never before taken for a Year’s Best.

In addition, although I didn’t reprint stories by them, I found several extremely promising writers of dark fiction (although not necessarily exclusively) whose work is well worth searching out: Angela Slatter, Stephen Bacon, and Genevieve Valentine.


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