In selecting the stories for his Neonlit collections, Nicholas Royle has no particular subject matter in mind. The books are intended to showcase new writing, and the stories are chosen purely for their quality. The result in this, the second volume of the series, is a dazzling array of tales from authors established - such as Margaret Drabble - and those presenting their debuts - such Rhonda Carrier's hypnotic 'St Wilgefortis Blues'. The artistry of language on show is at times astonishing, most notably in the poetic, hallucinogenic prose of Gareth Evans' 'Weightless Again' and in Lisa Natalie Pearson's powerful contribution. The stories vary immensely in style and content, but Royle keeps the standard cosistently high. There are a few real gems, such as Tom Bromley's 'Shelf Life', which create something truly original. Short stories as a medium are under-read, and it is especially difficult to sell collections that aren't bound to a specific genre. By managing to marry diversity with quality, Nicholas Royle has created another gripping collection which deserves a wide audience. I can only hope the series continues.