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May 24, 2019

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Todd Mason

Short-fiction-loving minds think alike. I noted that there was no obvious (to me) listing of all of Ed Gorman and MH Greenberg's annuals, so I finally created the rough draft for one, with hopes of tweaking to come.

In 2001 and 2002, we had for the only years so far, I think, no fewer than four annuals, between the Gorman/Greenberg, BAMS, the BEST BRITISH MYSTERY STORIES and Jon Breen's two-volume ibooks series.

Todd Mason

And, just to get it in, Cooke's annual continued with volumes edited by "Brett Halliday", "Anthony Boucher", Allen J. Hubin and finally and most sustainedly Edward D. Hoch, who, when Dutton dropped the series, HOch moved over to Walker, and it ended its run with the 1995 volume of THE YEAR'S BEST MYSTERY AND SUSPENSE STORIES..the end of that series probably helped make the pitch for BAMS successful.

BV Lawson

Thanks, Todd! And folks should check out the "The best crime fiction of the year annuals of Ed Gorman and Martin H. Greenberg and company" post on your blog recently. Also thanks for compiling the FFB links:

http://socialistjazz.blogspot.com/2019/05/fridays-forgotten-books-and-more-links_24.html

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