In some ways this was a difficult anthology to put together. It has been a very long time since I was young, but I tried to remember the sorts of stories that got me hooked on reading. It’s a mixed bag, since I tried to find stories that would appeal to a wide selection of young people. There’s some Hard SF, Space Opera SF, Urban Fantasy, Mythic Fantasy, stories based on Fairytales and Folk Tales, some Weird Tales with a few genuine shivers.
Is it the best it can be? No, but it’s the best I can make it right now. Looking over the contents I am still second guessing myself–should I have included that one instead of this one? It took a while to get the ball rolling on this one, but once it did it rolled right over me. I think over half of the submissions came after I extended the deadline.
After I selected the stories I sent it off to Cedar Sanderson, who did the cover art and the book design and provided the proofreading. It’s published under her brand new imprint of Sanderley Studios, and I think it’s a fine looking book to set the tone.
The ebook is out now, and the trade paperback should be out shortly.