Aug 19 2009 12:02pm

Two New Anthologies from John Joseph Adams

Prolific editor John Joseph Adams has two new reprint anthologies, one out now and one on the horizon. Out now is By Blood We Live, an anthology of vampire stories featuring work by writers like Kelley Armstrong, Anne Rice, Tad Williams, L.A. Banks, Garth Nix, and more, including an original story from Night Watch author Sergei Lukyanenko. As he’s done in the past, Adams has posted a bunch of free fiction from the anthology.

Coming in September is Adams’ Sherlock Holmes anthology The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. You can look forward to stories from Stephen King, Naomi Novik, Stephen Baxter, Neil Gaiman, Anthony Burgess, and more. Again, Adams has put together a selection of free fiction from the anthology.

Both sites also include the introductions and other non-fiction from the anthologies, as well as interviews with many of the authors in which they discuss the stories behind their stories.

Adams hasn’t been editing anthologies for very long (his first came out in 2008, but he will have nine anthologies under his belt by 2011), but their quality is consistently excellent. I expect these anthologies to live up to his previous efforts.

John Klima is the editor of the Hugo-winning speculative fiction zine Electric Velocipede.

William Hassinger
1. iObject
I just hope that the Neil Gaiman piece in the Holmes collection isn't "A Study in Emerald". It's been in at least two other anthologies already and we need something new.
Matt London
2. MattLondon
Very happy with my copy of By Blood We Live. Can't wait to get my hands on Improbable Adventures.
3. LolaB
Wow, that is the most obvious Lost Boys cover art rip-off ever!
4. Harry Connolly
Um, about that cover....
John Joseph Adams
6. johnjosephadams

Sorry to disappoint, but as Grey_Area mentioned, it is. The thing is, if you're doing an anthology that's collecting the "best" of a theme, you're going to end up with some familiar stories in the book. And, of course, although you have read the story, not everyone has. When I'm assembling an anthology, I have to consider the general reader as well as the advanced reader, and then try to balance the book so that it will appeal to both of those audiences.


What you call a rip-off, others would call a loving homage. Do you find the similarities to the Lost Boys poster off-putting?

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