Ellen Datlow (ellen_datlow) has just circulated contributors to her award-winning 2007 anthology Inferno to let us all know there's been another review of the book, even after all this time. The reviewer is Colin Harvey; the venue is the Black Static site, where Peter Tennant's been running an Anthology Month in which guest reviewers each discuss a favourite anthology. Here's Colin Harvey's contribution:
My favourite anthology is Ellen Datlow's wonderful Inferno. Datlow is one of the best editors in the business, and here she is at the very top of her game. The anthology deservedly won the 2008 Shirley Jackson Award, and featured a wonderful range of tales, several of which were nominated for Locus and World Fantasy Awards on an individual basis.
So many of the twenty stories and novelettes are good, that it's hard to know where to begin -- in fact, there are hardly any that are not outstanding. My particular favourites include John Grant's extraordinary 'Lives' about a very lucky boy and the people he outlives, and his father who finally realizes the truth about his son's secret. Lee Thomas's claustrophobic, erotic 'An Apiary of White Bees' is a close second, while Glen Hirshberg's 'The Janus Tree', set in a Montana mining town is also excellent. But perhaps best of all is Pat Cadigan's stunning 'Stilled Lives'; I defy anyone who visits London to look at the city in quite the same way again. Several Black Static contributors are present as well: Paul Finch and Mike O'Driscoll both contribute fine pieces, in the case of the latter one of his trademark South Wales stories.