Anthologies are the under-appreciated heroes of fiction. In an increasingly time-poor world, short stories are something you can start while at the bus stop, lose yourself in during the trip to work, and hit that gut-wrenching concluding twist before you’re in the door.
The following are five books that convinced me anthologies have a special place in speculative fiction. They made me put down other novels and discover new worlds or revisit old favourites from new angles. Each of the following fantastic anthologies has influenced Grimdark Magazine’s Kickstarter project—in one way or another.
So, set aside that door-stopper threatening to plunder weeks of your undivided commute attention, and pick up one of these brilliant anthologies!