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An elderly man aggressively defends his private domain against all comers? Including his daughter; a policeman investigates an impossible horror show of a crime; a father witnesses one of the worst things a parent can imagine; the abuse of one child fuels another’s yearning; an Iraqi war veteran seeks a fellow soldier in his hometown but finds more than she bargains for . . .The Best Horror of the Year showcases the previous year’s best offerings in short fiction horror. This edition includes award-winning and critically acclaimed authors Adam L. G. Nevill, Livia Llewellyn, Peter Straub, Gemma Files, Brian Hodge, and more. For more than three decades, award-winning editor and anthologist Ellen Datlow has had her finger on the pulse of the latest and most terrifying in horror writing. Night Shade Books is proud to present the ninth volume in this annual series, a new collection of stories to keep you up at night. Table of Contents: Summation 2016 – Ellen Datlow Nesters — Siobhan Carroll The Oestridae — Robert Levy The Process is a Process All its Own — Peter Straub The Bad Hour — Christopher Golden Red Rabbit — Steve Rasnic Tem It’s All the Same Road in the End — Brian Hodge Fury — DB Waters Grave Goods — Gemma Files Between Dry Ribs — Gregory Norman Bossert The Days of Our Lives — Adam LG Nevill House of Wonders — C.E. Ward The Numbers — Christopher Burns Bright Crown of Joy — Livia Llewellyn The Beautiful Thing We Will Become — Kristi DeMeester Wish You Were Here — Nadia Bulkin Ragman — Rebecca Lloyd What’s Out There? — Gary McMahon No Matter Which Way We Turned — Brian Evenson The Castellmarch Man — Ray Cluley The Ice Beneath Us — Steve Duffy On These Blackened Shores of Time — Brian Hodge Honorable Mentions.