Best Horror of the Year : Honorable Mentions

besthorrorEllen Datlow’s Best Horror of the Year 1 includes honorable mentions  for the following semiprozine stories:

  • “deathmask” by Mike Allen (Helix, Winter)
  • “Will the Real Veronica LeBarr Stand Down” by John Grant (Postscripts 16)
  • “The Talion Moth” by John Kirk (Weird Tales, #349)
  • “Painlessness” by Kirstyn McDermott (GUD, #2)
  • “All Mouth” by Paul Meloy (Black Static, #6)
  • “The World Without Sleep” by Sarah Monette (Postscripts, #14)
    “At the Gates” by Patrick Samphire (Black Static, #8)
  • “The Supplanter” by James Steimle (Albedo One #34)
  • “Gladstone” by Dermot Ryan (Albedo One #35)

For details on semiprozine stories published in this volume, see this earlier post on the subject.

Semiprozines in Datlow’s Best Horror of the Year

besthorrorEarlier today, the contents for Night Shade Book’s Best Horror of the Year 1 was listed on editor Ellen Datlow’s blog. The following stories from semiprozines were selected:

Semiprozine Representation in Strahan Year’s Best Anthology

The third volume of Jonathan Strahan’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year is scheduled to be published soon. It includes the following stories selected from semiprozines:

  • The Small Door” by Holly Phillips (Fantasy Magazine, May, ’08)
  • The Magician’s House” by Megan McCarron (Strange Horizons, June ’08)
  • Marry the Sun” by Rachel Swirsky (Fantasy Magazine, June, ’08)
  • Crystal Nights” by Greg Egan (Interzone #215)
  • “His Master’s Voice” by Hannu Rajaniemi (Interzone #218)

Semiprozine Representation in Horton Best of the Year Anthologies

The following stories from semiprozines have been selected by Rich Horton for his 2009 year’s best collections:

Fantasy: The Best of the Year, 2009

Science Fiction: The Best of the Year, 2009

  • Suicide Drive” by Charlie Anders (Helix #7, January ’08)
  • “The Golden Octopus” by Beth Bernobich (Postscripts, Summer ’08)

Abyss & Apex

Established: January 2003abyssapex
Editor-In-Chief: Wendy S. Delmater
Associate Editor: Jude-Marie Greene

Our mission is to publish the finest in speculative and imaginative fiction and poetry, with special attention to character-driven stories that examine the depths and heights of emotion and motivation from a broad variety of cultural and social perspectives. We want to publish powerful stories with emotion that resonates in our minds and hearts long after the first reading and makes us want to read them again and again. We look for the unique: stories that stand out in a genre that pushes the envelope of unusual. We take special delight in detailed world-building, and we enjoy reading about the realms and inhabitants of your imagination.

We have no subject/topic preference, beyond a requirement that the work have a speculative element. We are happy to read high fantasy, magic realism, hard science fiction, sword and sorcery, and genre-bending stories that don’t quite seem to fit elsewhere. Our tastes span the gamut from classic Golden-Age SF to modern nontraditional formats.

Awards and Recognition:
Since 2004, Gardner Dozois has awarded honorable mentions in The Year’s Best Science Fiction to ten of our stories. Honorable mentions have also been received in The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy for Teens (ed. by Jane Yolen and Patrick Nielsen Hayden) and The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror (ed. by Ellen Datlow, Kelly Link, and Gavin Grant.)

Tony Pi’s “Metamorphoses In Amber” was on the ballot for the 2008 Prix Aurora Award. “Snatch Me another” by Mercurio D. Rivera featured on the 2008 Locus and SFWA Recommended reading lists. There are three Rhysling Award nominations for A&A poems in 2008 (voting not final). In 2005, Greg Beatty won the Rhysling Award for his poem “No Ruined Lunar City” and took third place in the Dwarf Stars Poetry Award for “Prayer Causes Stars“.

Other Items of Interest:
On April 22, 2009 we will be releasing THE BEST OF A&A VOLUME ONE, Edited by Wendy S. Delmater, published by Hadley Rille Books.


Information provided by Wendy S. Delmater.

Semiprozines in Hartwell & Cramer Year’s Best Anthologies

ybsf14The table of contents for David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer’s  Year’s Best SF 14 (EOS) and Year’s Best Fantasy 9 ( have been released. The following stories were originally published in semiprozines:

Year’s Best SF 14

  • “The Ships like Clouds, Risen by Their Rain” by Jason Sanford (Interzone, Issue 217)

Year’s Best Fantasy 9