Best Horror of the Year Volume 4

I was thrilled to hear that Black Feathers, a short story that was first published in issue 22 of Black Static magazine, has been selected for Ellen Datlow’s Best Horror of the Year Volume 4.

Really pleased too for Simon Bestwick, who has not one but two stories in the anthology! I first read The Moraine in Terror Tales of the Lake District last year and absolutely loved it. And of course, it’s an honour to be sharing a line-up with Stephen King!

Black Feathers is a dark, twisted fairy tale, and owes a lot to what I was like as a young child – obsessed with stories by Hans Christian Andersen, and the possibilities of magic they held within them.

The full table of contents is as follows:


The Little Green God of Agony           Stephen King

Stay                             Leah Bobet

The Moraine              Simon Bestwick

Blackwood’s Baby     Laird Barron

Looker                          David Nickle

The Show                     Priya Sharma

Mulberry Boys Margo Lanagan

Roots and All                Brian Hodge

Final Girl Theory           A. C. Wise

Omphalos                      Livia Llewellyn

Dermot                          Simon Bestwick

Black Feathers              Alison Littlewood

Final Verse                   Chet Williamson

In the Absence of Murdock                 Terry Lamsley

You Become the Neighborhood          Glen Hirshberg

In Paris, In the Mouth of Kronos         John Langan

Little Pig                                  Anna Taborska

The Ballad of Ballard and Sandrine    Peter Straub