I have been reading James P Blaylock's work for many years now. He is always a sure bet. He can be charming, funny, scary, moving and wistful all in the space of a single work. Thirteen Phantasms includes 16 of Blaylock's short stories, every one of them a gem. My personal favorites are the title story, a lovely, sad exploration of time travel and the search for what was lost; Paper Dragons, winner of a World Fantasy Award and classic Blaylock what with the crabs and the crackpot science; Unidentified Objects is just lovely, and, along with the crackpot science, explores the pain of falling in love; and Doughnuts, which is funny and sad and beautifully captures the fact that the people we most love are the ones we understand least. I return to this collection often. Every story is worthy of multiple readings. Buy this book.