“Most of all, the idea of a magic shop is simply cool. If browsing a bookstore is exciting, with each book offering new possibilities of wonder, what if the books were all spellbooks? If a hardware store suggests new projects you could undertake, new skills to conquer, what if the hardware inside broke the laws of physics? It was largely because of the concept’s coolness that Ye Olde Magick Shoppe was born.”
That’s from Oren Litwin’s introduction to this collection, and frankly I couldn’t say it any better than that.
This is a cool collection. The idea of a magic shop is an old one in SF/F fiction, but these stories have taken the concept in some exciting new directions.
My own story, “Grand Theft Nightmare” asks the question, What happens when a magic shop gets burglarized? (Spoiler: Bad things. Very bad things.)
Other stories range from an absurdist tale of the owner of a shop fighting against city bureaucracy to stay open to chilling survival horror to an interestingly mercantile take on Sword & Sorcery. Frankly, all of the stories are at least good, and several of them are real gems.
It’s also the first publication from a brand new publisher, Lagrange Books, and that’s always exciting. The publisher has issued calls for submission for his next two anthologies, and I’m planning on submitting to both of them.
Good stories, and a well made book. Currently out in Kindle, coming to POD soon. I’d recommend it even if I wasn’t in it.