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I enjoyed some of these stories so much that I went to the authors websites to find out more.
I particularly enjoyed Walking Home With Strangers by Zoe Whitten, and The Psionics - One For The Road by G.L.Drummond.All the stories in this book are very different from each other and I would definitely recommend reading it.
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And it was. I think the best short stories are like little gems - they paint a picture with quick brushstrokes and then end on a twist that has you reevaluating everything you just read. To mix metaphors, this is a bouquet of such little gems. For genres you will find everything from high fantasy through paranormal and magic realism to science fiction. All contain excellent writing - a few I thought worked a little less well because they were more like introductions to the authors' longer works than self contained stories with a point of their own. That said, any of these stories might well inspire you to seek out these authors' websites and ebooks, and you can't go wrong there. Several of these authors provide a considerable reservoir of online novels and stories - good stuff - for you to read absolutely free (or by donation), as well as ebooks available for miniscule sums.
This anthology is an excellent way to introduce yourself to online speculative fiction, and find out what you like. And for those already familiar with these authors, you will need no further recommendation.
Here's a few of the authors whose other works I'm most familiar with, who I feel were also standouts in this collection:
Zoe Whitten, author of "Walking Home with Strangers". Witty, edgy paranormal fantasy. She's a very prolific writer, and an unconventional soul who's not afraid to be controversial.
M.G.A. Hogarth, author of "New Stories". She creates alien worlds whose people truly think differently than humans, or at least our dominant western culture. I often think I'm reading Ursula LeGuin - there's the same anthropological perspective and beautiful use of language.
Meilin Miranda, author of "Dalston Junction". She normally writes fantasy set in Victorianesque worlds. This one at first seems like a straight up historical fiction showing a seedy side of Victorian England, but things are not as they seem.
Other favourites were the post-apocalyptic "Belonging" by A.M. Harte, and MCM's goofy "The Little Problem".