Short story collections are always reflective of the editor. I've read some that are outstanding and others just mediocre. And since it's the editor making the selections, you can't fully blame the authors for stories that weren't ready for publishing. But often, one excellent story can make up for any shortcomings in the other selections.
This collection standout is Tony Conaway's "It Only Takes A Moment." This is the third (I think) appearance of his character Jake, a member of the Sandhog Union, navigates the tunnels under New York in search of resolving supernatural occurances. This time around, he is searching for a woman held captive by "The Bandleader," a man who is walking the women back through time, which also changes their nationality and their ability to communicate as he whores them out for his clients.
The magic in all of Tony's stories is the ability to weave a rich tapestry of history and facts without it seeming like a forced history lesson. In this case, it's about Orthodox Jews, the concept behind the eruv (a self-imposed geographic limit of travel). The elements in the story present a pretty gruesome tale, as he himself admits, not all endings are happy. But you won't forget this one after you finish the book.
Fall Into Fantasy returns with thirteen new stories to delight your imagination. You’ll see some familiar names and some brand new authors in this edition. Check inside for some great stories from:Jaap Boekestein, Bill Davidson, Anna O’Brien, Andrew Sweetapple, Carrie Gessner, Mark Easterday, S. A. McKenzie, Dwain Campbell, Jennifer Lee Rossman, Owen Morgan, David O’Hanlon, Tony Conaway, and Austin Worley.These authors have worked hard to bring you exciting new adventures in magic, the supernatural, and mythical creatures. We hope you’ll laugh, cry, and maybe think a little bit just like we did when we read these tales.