Desert Island Anthologies: Jaym Gates
Today's contributor is Jaym Gates, editor with Erika Holt of Rigor Amortis, an anthology of flash fiction whose contributors include Johann Carlisle, Edward Morris, J. R. Campbell and Jennifer Brozek.
This is Jaym's contribution to our 'Anthology Month':-
A Little Bit About Me
I'm Jaym Gates, an editor on the new release Rigor Amortis: an anthology of zombie romance and erotic (Absolute XPress - an imprint of Hades Publications). I'm also an editor of Crossed Genres magazine, and have two more anthologies in the works.
Out of those I've already read, I'd have to go with Dark Faith, edited by Maurice Broaddus and Jerry Gordon, and released by Apex Publications, a huge book with work from both authors I know and authors I don't.
Dark Faith has a brilliant range of stories, from the subtle, melancholy explorations of faith to a gross, horrible, Lovecraftian tale set during World War II. Authors such as Wrath James White, Nick Mamatas and Alathea Kontis bring a solid range of voice and theme. Maurice Broaddus and Jerry Gordon did a great job of building a strong collection.
But my favourite is easily Douglas Warrick's 'Zen and the Art of Gordon Drach's Damnation'. A unique, quirky take on the nature of god, damnation, and self, Warrick takes Drach through the deepest levels of hell on his way to reconciliation with his early memories, his mistakes, and his eventual rise above the need for a forgiving/damning god.
I like Dark Faith because it takes a look at the dark side of faith from many different angles, without ever becoming preachy.
Rigor Amortis came out on October 1, and I'm now working on an anthology of Roaring 20s Speculative Fiction which opens to submissions on October 11 (click link below for details).
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