Saturday, February 20, 2021

The Best of Elizabeth Hand


The Best of Elizabeth Hand is a new compilation collection containing 16 stories and novellas by speculative fiction powerhouse Elizabeth Hand. Due out 28th Feb 2021 from Subterranean Press, it's 552 pages (!!) and will be available in hardcover and ebook formats. 

I've been a huge fan of the writer for decades. In my experience, she's always been consistent and writes with a rare versatility which defies genre categorization. There were several previously-unfamiliar-to-me stories in this collection alongside a number of favorites. One of the best features of the collection for me were the author's story notes for each entry - background and reminiscence and inspirations.

The stories' original publication dates span several decades. The earliest was published 1991 (The Bacchae); the most recent 2020 (The Owl Count). All are top shelf fiction from a strong and gifted author. Five stars.

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.

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