I’ve made no secret of my love of all things sci-fi and fantasy. They are some of my favourite genres to read! Fantasy is also one of my favourite things to write but that is a story for another day.
Luckily for me, I also have some friends who are interested in it too which means that I get to chat about it to my heart’s content and recommend a whole heap of fantastic books, on here and in real life. One of those friends is actually a member of my writer’s group and recently got in touch to let me know that he had a short story coming out in an anthology by Sixth Element, a local publishing house. After squealing and offering my congratulations, I quickly resolved to read it as soon as I could.
The lovely folk at Sixth Element kindly sent a copy my way and I dove into the first volume of this short story anthology. It features new and established writers who bring genres such as sci-fi, fantasy, horror and steampunk to this collection.
It is certainly an eclectic mix but one that works well. The common thread is some real talent that made for an enjoyable anthology, that was perfect for dipping in and out of on a sunny weekend. Real highlights for me included Gridlock by Kate Baucherel, The Promise by Paul Goodchild and Alan Shaw and the Final Flight by Craig Hallam. They are definitely writers that I will be keeping an eye and would definitely want to read more of their work.
This is where Harvey Duckman Presents really comes into its own. It is a delectable taster menu of the weird, wacky and downright wonderful, letting me sample a true variety of stories in a few hundred pages. I can’t wait to see what happens in Volume 2!