There are always more good stories than you can fit in your anthology. Always people you have to disappoint even though they don’t deserve it. Maybe you have two equally great stories about the Titans. Maybe there are three excellent tales of Filipino immigrants. Maybe a half dozen stories start with a skeleton and they’re all great. And you have to choose.
But that’s why anthologies are worth reading. It’s not because they’re the cream of the crop. It’s because they’re an interesting collection of excellence. An anthology is a balanced organically grown hand selected artisan’s brew of stories. An anthology can deliver a wider breadth of flavors and exciting beats than a single story. An anthology is a series of shots of expresso compared to the novel’s tall latte.
So line up your cups folks. Our story baristas are about to pour a range of stories from the mellow and satisfying re-imagination of Greek mythology, to the spiky dark roast of escape rooms to the rich and smooth appeal of a congregation of philosophical aliens interpreting your every move.
- from the Foreword by Tom Merritt
Arcane Arts Anthology - (including stories by A. H. Archer, Elisa Bonnin, Katharina Gerlach, Kai Herbertz, Matthew Hughes, A. M. Kremer, Michelle Proulx, Juliana Rew, Ariana Tiens, and Edd Vick, and The Dark Siren by Danielle E. Shipley and Tirzah Duncan)
About The Dark Siren: Necromancy killed her body, and necromancy saved her soul. Now all this living skeleton wants is for necromancy to leave her the hell alone. But with a disembodied child-spirit hanging around like a too-catchy tune, and a dread dark-artist preparing to sing the world into its final unrest, our heroine’s left with only one real option: Face the music.