Okay, I’m going to keep this short and sweet. I don’t tend to read many adult short story collections — all the ones I love are YA or younger. I don’t know why, but adult short stories always seem to tend to towards the negative and nihilistic side to me. But not so much with the YA and MG.
So here are three short anthologies, all contemporary fantasy, that I have loved and highly recommend.
1) Here There Be Unicorns, by Jane Yolen. I was in love with the symbolism of unicorns when I was a kid (yes, I was that sort of kid), and Jane Yolen just does wonderful short stories. This was one of my favorites of hers; I read it over and over again.
2) The Book of Dragons, by E. Nesbit. Just what it sounds like. A deliciously varied collection of dragon short stories, from dragons who influenced the weather to children who escape their backyard on Guy Fawkes to find a dragon . . . just . . . these stories made me the writer I am today. I can’t say it any better than that.
3) The Green Man: Tales from the Mythic Forest, edited by Terri Windling and Ellen Datlow. A great anthology of smooth, consistent YA stories all themed around the Green Man or the power of the trees and nature. No real stinkers amongst them and some definite jewels.
Does anyone else remember those first two from their youth? Man, I wore out my library card checking them out.