The Year's Best Fantasy Stories (series)

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The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: 2 edited by Lin Carter, DAW Books, 1976, cover art by George Barr.

The Year’s Best Fantasy Stories was a series of annual anthologies published by DAW Books from 1975 to 1988 under the successive editorships of Lin Carter from 1975 to 1980 and Arthur W. Saha from 1981 to 1988. The series was a companion to DAW’s The Annual World’s Best SF , issued from 1972 to 1990 under the editorship of Saha with publisher Donald A. Wollheim, and The Year's Best Horror Stories , issued from 1971 to 1994, which performed a similar office for the science fiction and horror fiction genres.

DAW Books american book publisher

DAW Books is an American science fiction and fantasy publisher, founded by Donald A. Wollheim following his departure from Ace Books in 1971. The company claims to be "the first publishing company ever devoted exclusively to science fiction and fantasy." The first DAW Book published was the 1972 short story collection Spell of the Witch World, by Andre Norton.

Lin Carter American fantasy writer, editor, critic

Linwood Vrooman Carter was an American author of science fiction and fantasy, as well as an editor, poet and critic. He usually wrote as Lin Carter; known pseudonyms include H. P. Lowcraft and Grail Undwin. He is best known for his work in the 1970s as editor of the Ballantine Adult Fantasy series, which introduced readers to many overlooked classics of the fantasy genre.

Arthur William Saha was an American speculative fiction editor and anthologist, closely associated with publisher Donald A. Wollheim.

Each annual volume reprinted what in the opinion of the editor was the best fantasy literature short fiction appearing in the previous year. Carter's picks tended to be idiosyncratic, concentrating on long-established authors in the field and reflecting his own particular enthusiasms. He also habitually padded out the volumes he edited with his own works, whether written singly, in collaboration, or under pseudonyms. Saha’s editorial choices more closely reflected the contemporary field and highlighted more emerging authors.

Fantasy literature

Fantasy literature is literature set in an imaginary universe, often but not always without any locations, events, or people from the real world. Magic, the supernatural and magical creatures are common in many of these imaginary worlds.It is a story that child and adults can read.

Under Carter's editorship surveys of "The Year’s Best Fantasy Books" and "The Year in Fantasy" rounded out each year’s collection, continuing the annual surveys of the year's best fantasy fiction he had formerly contributed to Castle of Frankenstein before that magazine's 1975 demise. Saha contented himself with a general introduction.

<i>Castle of Frankenstein</i>

Castle of Frankenstein was an American horror, science fiction and fantasy film magazine, published between 1962 and 1975 by Calvin Thomas Beck's Gothic Castle Publishing Company, distributed by Kable News. Larry Ivie - who also was cover artist for several early issues - and Ken Beale edited the first three issues. Writer-artist Bhob Stewart edited the magazine from 1963 into the early 1970s. Although promoted and sold as a "monster magazine," readers were aware that Castle of Frankenstein, at the time, was the only nationally distributed magazine devoted to a legitimate and serious coverage of B movies. In addition to its central focus on classic and current horror films, Castle of Frankenstein also devoted pages to amateur filmmakers and fanzines. Its advertising pages sold full-length silent feature films such as The Lost World and The Golem: How He Came into the World.

The series

  1. The Year's Best Fantasy Stories , Lin Carter, ed. (1975)
  2. The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: 2 , Lin Carter, ed. (1976)
  3. The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: 3 , Lin Carter, ed. (1977)
  4. The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: 4 , Lin Carter, ed. (1978)
  5. The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: 5 , Lin Carter, ed. (1980)
  6. The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: 6 , Lin Carter, ed. (1980)
  7. The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: 7 , Arthur W. Saha, ed. (1981)
  8. The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: 8 , Arthur W. Saha, ed. (1982)
  9. The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: 9 , Arthur W. Saha, ed. (1983)
  10. The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: 10 , Arthur W. Saha, ed. (1984)
  11. The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: 11 , Arthur W. Saha, ed. (1985)
  12. The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: 12 , Arthur W. Saha, ed. (1986)
  13. The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: 13 , Arthur W. Saha, ed. (1987)
  14. The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: 14 , Arthur W. Saha, ed. (1988)

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