The last time I featured an anthology for Wish List Wednesday was back in October with Paul Kane's and Marie O' Regan's Hellbound Hearts anthology (WLW #18). I think it's about time I blog about another anthology I hope to have in my clutches--Darkness: Two Decades of Modern Horror, edited by Ellen Datlow.
I love me some short stories. I just do. I tend to get the collections of a single author, like Harlan Ellison's Ellison Wonderland or Stephen King's Nightmares and Dreamscapes, but anthologies are a great source of entertainment too. Joyce Carol Oates edited a great one called American Gothic a few years back that should be enjoyed by all.
With Darkness, Datlow has brought together twenty stories from twenty authors that stretch over the course of twenty years. Imagine the daunting task of picking out only twenty stellar stories from that time frame. And over the last two decades, there have been enough classics that it would be easy for her to choose stories that have been published multiple times already. Ellen Datlow dared to steer away from the stories that have been featured in previous anthologies, however, and has amassed twenty tales that are still fantastic but may not be so familiar with the masses.
The list of contributors includes Joe Hill, Peter Straub, Poppy Z. Brite, and even George R. R. Martin.
Have you heard tell of this anthology? Is it on your wish list, or have you already ordered a copy? Or are short stories just not your cup of tea?