I found some nice anthologies during recent trips to Half Price Books and Goodwill. Here’s a quick look at my haul.

NIGHT SCREAMS: 22 STORIES OF TERROR EDITED BY ED GORMAN & MARTIN H. GREENBERG (1996) – Boasting stories by horror icons such as Clive Barker, Al Sarrantonio, William F. Nolan, F. Paul Wilson, and David Morrell, this looks like a really nice volume. While browsing its impressive roster made me excited to read the stories, it also made me a little sad to realize how many have passed like Ray Bradbury, J.N. Williamson, A.R. Morlan, and Richard Laymon, etc.

FANTASY ANNUAL III EDITED BY TERRY CARR (1981) – Another great lineup of authors including Stephen King, Russell Kirk, Fritz Leiber, Manly Wade Wellman, and Harlan Ellison. I’m most excited by the Kirk, Leiber and Wellman stories which I did not previously have elsewhere.

THE FANTASTIC IMAGINATION: AN ANTHOLOGY OF HIGH FANTASY EDITED BY ROBERT H. BOYER & KENNETH J. ZAHORSKI (1977) – This one features the likes of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Lord Dunsany, John Buchan, Frank R. Stockton, and Ursula Le Guin among others. While I have a book shelf full of horror anthologies, I have very few devoted to the fantasy genre. This one should help when I’m in the mood for some swords and dragons.

Article by Matt Cowan

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