lizhand (lizhand) wrote in theinferior4,

Dark Days in Publishing, cont'd

[I hate to be the bearer of bad news again — there's good news somewhere, I swear!  Give me a minute while I see if i can put my hands on it ...]

Formal announcement today of the death of the long-running Year's Best Fantasy and Horror Series, edited for many years by Terri Windling and Ellen Datlow, and more recently by Gavin Grant and Kelly Link and Ellen Datlow,  I heard last month that this might happen, but still find it hard to wrap my head around the fact — the series was a part of my reading life, as it was for so many other people.  I believe that all of the editors have changed (for the good) contemporary writing of the fantastic, encouraging new writers and expanding the definitions of fantasy and horror through their choices over the last 21 years.  It's a sad day indeed when an institution like this is allowed to founder, but (unfortunately) I'm getting used to it, cf. the recent changes at The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction (down to six issues a year) and's merger with Sci Fi Wire (the new entity,, has opted for mostly USA Today-style puff reporting and reviewing over serious content; their publication of original fiction was suspended a year or so ago).  Gavin Grant and Kelly Link of Small Beer Press intimate that they may pick up the YBFH ball — if not them, I have to think some other small press will.  Still, I can't think of much to say regarding this news save that it sucks.
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