Magical Tales from Masters of Modern Fantasy
There was a witch buried at the edge of the graveyard; it was common knowledge.
As with all these sort of collections there are some that I enjoyed more than others, but none that I actively disliked. The book starts off strongly with Neil Gaiman’s The Witch’s Headstone all about a boy who lives in the cemetery, despite being a live child he lives with the dead. This is followed by one of my favourites, Holly and Iron by Garth Nix, which is an alternative version of the Norman conquest of England and also a sort of Robin Hood story. But then again not.
If you like short stories then I’m sure you’d find something here to like.
The Witch’s Headstone BY NEIL GAIMAN
Holly and Iron BY GARTH NIX
Color Vision BY MARY ROSENBLUM
The Ruby Incomparable BY KAGE BAKER
A Fowl Tale BY EOIN COLFER
Slipping Sideways Through Eternity BY JANE YOLEN
The Stranger’s Hands BY TAD WILLIAMS
Naming Day BY PATRICIA A. MCKILLIP
Winter’s Wife BY ELIZABETH HAND
A Diorama of the Infernal Regions, or The Devil’s Ninth Question BY ANDY DUNCAN
Barrens Dance BY PETER S. BEAGLE
Stone Man BY NANCY KRESS
The Manticore Spell BY JEFFREY FORD
Zinder BY TANITH LEE
Billy and the Wizard BY TERRY BISSON
The Magikkers BY TERRY DOWLING
The Magic Animal BY GENE WOLFE
Stonefather BY ORSON SCOTT CARD