Ace anthologist Ellen Datlow—called “the premiere horror editor of her generation” by Publisher’s Weekly—has announced in her blog the contents of the The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror 2008 which will include Joyce Carol Oates’s story “Valentine, July Heat Wave.” The story was first published in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine and later collected in The Museum of Dr. Moses: Tales of Mystery and Suspense. This is JCO’s 10th entry in this anthology over the last 21 years. The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror 2008 is due out in the Fall.


  1. Randy– what is the identity of the striking new illustration? the tone reminds me of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” but I doubt that that it is….

    (hope that you & your family are recovered from your winter illnesses….)


  2. The illustration in the heading of the page is from “The Headless Horseman Pursuing Ichabod Crane” by John Quidor. It is quite appropriate for the “Pumpkin Head in the New Yorker” entry. The John Quidor Wikipedia entry ( describes the mood of the painting: “mysterious romantic setting for scenes in which he mingled macabre elements” such as the headless horseman with the pumpkin head.


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