Guran’s Picks for Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2017


Editor Paula Guran has announced her selections for The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror: 2017.

  • “Lullaby for a Lost World,” Aliette de Bodard ( 06/16)
  • “Our Talons Can Crush Galaxies,” Brooke Bolander (Uncanny #13)
  • “Wish You Were Here,” Nadia Bulkin (Nightmare # 49)
  • “A Dying of the Light,” Rachel Caine (The Gods of H.P. Lovecraft)
  • “Season of Glass and Iron,” Amal El-Mohtar (The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales)
  • “Grave Goods,” Gemma Files (Autumn Cthulhu)
  • “The Blameless,”Jeffrey Ford (The Natural History of Hell)
  • “As Cymbals Clash,” Cate Gardner (The Dark #19)
  • “The Iron Man,” Max Gladstone (Grimm Future)
  • “Surfacing,” Lisa L. Hannett (Postscripts 36/37: The Dragons of the Night)
  • “Mommy’s Little Man,” Brian Hodge (DarkFuse, October)
  • “The Sound of Salt and Sea,” Kat Howard (Uncanny #10)
  • “Red Dirt Witch,” N. K. Jemisin (Fantasy #60)
  • “Birdfather,” Stephen Graham Jones (Black Static #51)
  • “The Games We Play,” Cassandra Khaw (Clockwork Phoenix 5)
  • “The Line Between the Devil’s Teeth (Murder Ballad No. Ten),” Caitlin Kiernan (Sirenia Digest #130)
  • “Postcards from Natalie,” Carrie Laben (The Dark #14)
  • “The Finest, Fullest Flowering,” Marc Laidlaw (Nightmare #45)
  • The Ballad of Black Tom, Victor LaValle (
  • “Meet Me at the Frost Fair,” Alison Littlewood (A Midwinter Entertainment)
  • “Bright Crown of Joy,” Livia Llewellyn (Children of Lovecraft)
  • “The Jaws That Bite, The Claws That Catch,” Seanan McGuire (Lightspeed #72)
  • “My Body, Herself,” Carmen Maria Machado (Uncanny #12)
  • “Spinning Silver,” Naomi Novik (The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales)
  • “Whose Drowned Face Sleeps,” An Owomoyela & Rachael Swirsky (Nightmare # 46/What the #@&% Is That?)
  • “Grave Goods,” Priya Sharma (Albedo One #6)
  • “The Rime of the Cosmic Mariner,” John Shirley (Lovecraft Alive!)
  • “The Red Forest,” Angela Slatter (Winter Children and Other Chilling Tales)
  • “Photograph,” Steve Rasnic Tem (Out of the Dark)
  • “The Future is Blue,” Catherynne M. Valente (Drowned Worlds)
  • ‘‘October Film Haunt: Under the House’’, Michael Wehunt (Greener Pastures)
  • “Only Their Shining Beauty Was Left,” Fran Wilde (Shimmer 13)
  • “When the Stitches Come Undone,” A.C. Wise (Children of Lovecraft)
  • “A Fist of Permutations in Lightning and Wildflowers,” Alyssa Wong ( 03/16)
  • “An Ocean the Color of Bruises,” Isabel Yap (Uncanny #11)
  • “Fairy Tales are for White People,” Melissa Yuan-Innes (Fireside Magazine Issue 30)
  • “Braid of Days and Nights,” E. Lily Yu (F&SF, Jan-Feb)


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