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Comments on Sweet Freedom: Friday's "Forgotten" Books: Gerald W. Page, ed., THE YEAR'S BEST HORROR STORIES V (DAW Books 1977)





Updated: 2017-11-18T23:00:16.360-05:00

 



Well, Algis Budrys enjoyed musing, particularly in...

2010-01-29T13:48:22.654-05:00

Well, Algis Budrys enjoyed musing, particularly in the '60s, about the hype inherent in the BEST appellations, and James Blish and particularly Damon Knight did so before him somewhat more sparingly. Subjectivity is always in play...but mostly I've always treated these things as gateways to writers and publications I might've not otherwise read or known of, no matter what field of fiction (or geographical region, as that's a rising trend), even if I have read or have at hand most or a big chunk of the writers and/or magazines drawn from.



Great post, Todd. Personally, horror has been a le...

2010-01-29T13:13:31.252-05:00

Great post, Todd. Personally, horror has been a less favorite genre than science fiction, mystery, fantasy, even lesser categories of fiction such as dog stories (read as a lad - no pun), adventure, and I'm sure, others which do not come to mind this instant. So, other than the Poe collection, Modern Library edition, on the shelf I don't think there is any horror on the shelves here. Not that there isn't horror in lots of science fiction, but it's not usually the complete point of the book.

I have hot-and-cold reactions to these Best Of collections in various genres, always have. I'm not sure if it's that I know a lot may have been left out, that I know my list wouldn't match the editors, if only I'd read all the candidates, or just that it seems an artificial format. The appellation "best of" doesn't mean much more than "most thrilling" or fastest-paced" might, in terms of quality or desirability.



I know there are people who Claim they don't b...

2010-01-29T12:52:28.072-05:00

I know there are people who Claim they don't believe in the endless accretion of reading materials, and recordings of other sorts, but Surely They Jest.



I have this volume and several of the others, but ...

2010-01-29T12:06:55.165-05:00

I have this volume and several of the others, but I don't have them all together on my shelves. It might be time for me to consider getting the ones I don't have and getting them organized. Judy will love that idea. More books.



For the hell of it, the other three volumes Page e...

2010-01-29T12:04:01.709-05:00

For the hell of it, the other three volumes Page edited from the series:

The Year’s Best Horror Stories: Series IV ed. Gerald W. Page (DAW 0-87997-263-7, Nov ’76, $1.25, 208pp, pb)
7 · Introduction · Gerald W. Page · in
10 · Forever Stand the Stones · Joseph F. Pumilia · ss Jack the Knife, ed. Michel Parry, Mayflower, 1975
29 · And Don’t Forget the One Red Rose · Avram Davidson · ss Playboy Sep ’75
35 · The Christmas Present · Ramsey Campbell · ss Nameless Places, ed. Gerald W. Page, Arkham House, 1975; broadcast on BBC Radio Merseyside on December 24th, 1969.
42 · A Question of Guilt · Hal Clement · nv *
79 · The House on Stillcroft Street · Joseph Payne Brennan · ss AHMM Jun ’75
87 · The Recrudescence of Geoffrey Marvell [E. Strickland] · G. N. Gabbard · ss *
99 · Something Had to Be Done · David Drake · ss F&SF Feb ’75
105 · Cottage Tenant · Frank Belknap Long · nv Fantastic Apr ’75
130 · The Man with the Aura · R. A. Lafferty · ss Witchcraft & Sorcery #10 ’74
141 · White Wolf Calling · Charles L. Grant · ss F&SF Apr ’75
154 · Lifeguard · Arthur Byron Cover · ss Nameless Places, ed. Gerald W. Page, Arkham House, 1975
166 · The Black Captain · H. Warner Munn · ss Moonbroth #21 ’75
172 · The Glove · Fritz Leiber · ss Whispers Jun ’75
185 · No Way Home · Brian Lumley · ss F&SF Sep ’75
202 · The Lovecraft Controversy— Why? · E. Hoffmann Price · ar *


The Year’s Best Horror Stories: Series VI ed. Gerald W. Page (DAW 0-87997-387-0, Jul ’78, $1.75, 239pp, pb)
7 · Introduction · Gerald W. Page · in
11 · At the Bottom of the Garden · David Campton · ss Armada Sci-Fi 1, ed. Richard Davis, London: Armada, 1975; Whispers Dec ’76
22 · Screaming to Get Out · Janet Fox · ss Weirdbook #12 ’77
29 · Undertow [Kane] · Karl Edward Wagner · nv Whispers Aug ’77
60 · I Can Hear the Dark · Dennis Etchison · ss *
68 · Ever the Faith Endures · Manly Wade Wellman · ss *
79 · The Horse Lord · Lisa Tuttle · ss F&SF Jun ’77
94 · Winter White · Tanith Lee · ss *
113 · A Cobweb of Pulsing Veins · William Scott Home · ss Hollow Faces, Merciless Moons, ed. W. Paul Ganley, 1977
125 · Best of Luck · David Drake · ss *
131 · Children of the Corn · Stephen King · nv Penthouse Mar ’77
160 · If Damon Comes · Charles L. Grant · ss *
172 · Drawing In · Ramsey Campbell · ss *
180 · Within the Walls of Tyre · Michael Bishop · nv Weirdbook #13 ’78
207 · There’s a Long, Long Trail A-Winding · Russell Kirk · nv Frights, ed. Kirby McCauley, St. Martins, 1976


The Year’s Best Horror Stories: Series VII ed. Gerald W. Page (DAW 0-87997-476-1, Jul ’79, $1.95, 221pp, pb)
7 · Introduction · Gerald W. Page · in
11 · The Pitch · Dennis Etchison · ss Whispers Oct ’78
20 · The Night of the Tiger · Stephen King · ss F&SF Feb ’78
34 · Amma · Charles R. Saunders · ss Beyond the Fields We Know Fll ’78
54 · Chastel [Lee Cobbett; Judge Keith Hilary Pursuivant] · Manly Wade Wellman · nv *
78 · Sleeping Tiger · Tanith Lee · ss Dragonbane Spr ’78
87 · Intimately, with Rain · Janet Fox · ss Collage Nov ’78
94 · The Secret · Jack Vance · ss Impulse Mar ’66
103 · Hear Me Now, My Sweet Abbey Rose · Charles L. Grant · ss F&SF Mar ’78
118 · Divers Hands [Julian] · Darrell Schweitzer · nv *
144 · Heading Home · Ramsey Campbell · ss Whispers Oct ’78
149 · In the Arcade · Lisa Tuttle · ss Amazing May ’78
159 · Nemesis Place [Dama (& Vettius)] · David Drake · ss Fantastic Apr ’78
173 · Collaborating · Michael Bishop · ss Rooms of Paradise, ed. Lee Harding, South Yarra, Victoria, Australia: Quartet Books, 1978
192 · Marriage · Robert Aickman · nv Tales of Love and Death, Gollancz, 1977; F&SF Apr ’78



Well, DAW did celebrate their anniversary with som...

2010-01-29T11:50:31.912-05:00

Well, DAW did celebrate their anniversary with some Ellen Datlow and Wollheim anthos, iirc.

Notable how the larger publishers are largely getting out of the Best of the Year business across the board, aside from Houghton-Mifflin, the only ones giving their annuals any marketing push.



Yes, Goerge, there weren't any bad volumes of ...

2010-01-29T11:48:15.535-05:00

Yes, Goerge, there weren't any bad volumes of the series, but what endeared this one particularly to you? DAW, like much of the publishing industry, is in pretty bad shape these days, and doesn't publish any anthologies aside froma a trickle of Greenbergs, as far as I've noted.

Patti--this is a not-bad, if male-heavy, cross-section of the movers and shakers, youunger and older, in horror in 1976, the year these stories were (mostly) first published. Both you and Evan might note how three of these stories were reprinted from crime-fiction magazines, and only one from a magazine that focused on horror (albeit too-closely focused on Lovecraftian horror), with small-press CHACAL and F&SF standing in for the fantasy magazines. (GALLERY is the skin mag.) Though V. 4 did reprint at least a story or two from horror magazines, the dying WITCHCRAFT AND SORCERY and the insurgent WHISPERS, the latter to be a regular source for Page and Wagner.

Evan, as all this might suggest, it wasn't too easy to survive as a writer on horror alone, and rare is the writer who doesn't think in terms of similar fields if they think in horror terms, anyway. I suspect you've read more horror than you've tagged as such in your memory.



As I've read very little horror (aside from Lo...

2010-01-29T11:35:01.855-05:00

As I've read very little horror (aside from Lovecraft and Clark Ashton Smith), I was surprised to see so many familiar names in this collection.



Lots of unfamiliar names here but a few I recogniz...

2010-01-29T11:23:28.480-05:00

Lots of unfamiliar names here but a few I recognize.



It's been years since I looked at this series,...

2010-01-29T11:17:33.584-05:00

It's been years since I looked at this series, but I have fond memories of this volume in particular. It's a shame the series ended with Wagner's death. And, DAW doesn't do this sort of book anymore.