I’m the type of person who says they love and want more anthologies, but then never reads them. I own a large amount of anthologies, but I don’t think that I’ve ever actually read all of them completely.
However, I want to change that. So here’s a list of antholgies that I’ve been wanting to read, but just haven’t. Enjoy!
Transcendent: The Year’s Best Transgender Speculative Fiction (Volume #1-3) – ed. by KM Szpara & Bogi Takács
I love speculative fiction. I love reading stories by and about trans people. When this anthology series started coming out, I knew that I had to support the hell out of it, and boost it whenever I saw it. Three years later, I’m still doing just that. I haven’t read any of the stories, but I plan to someday soon. 🙂
All Out: The No-Longer Secret Stories of Queer Teens Throughout the Ages – ed. by Saundra Mitchell
I’m always a fan of queer teen stories, so hearing about stories based in historical timelines sounds amazing. There’s often the message being said that queer people didn’t exist before the second world war, so books like this are important–at least to me.
A Thousand Beginnings and Endings – ed. by Ellen Oh & Elsie Chapman
I’ve heard so many good things about this anthology. I read that this anthology covers a lot of retellings of traditional myths, and I always want to find more retellings that I like. Short stories are always fun, so short story retellings sound like small bundles of fun.
Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft – ed. by Jessica Spotswood & Tess Sharpe
“Tales of Women & Witchcraft” sounds badass, especially when we’re talking about witches and magic and all of that stuff. I love reading stories that feature witchcraft, and I feel like people don’t write about it a lot. I really hope this anthology covers that, because I’m really looking forward to reading more stories that include that.
Slasher Girls & Monster Boys – ed. by April Genevieve Tucholke
It takes a lot to scare me, and I love reading creepy, horror stories. If it takes an entire anthology of creepy stories to actually scare me, then so be it. I’ve heard mixed things about this anthology, but I still want to check out the stories.
His Hideous Heart: 13 of Edgar Allen Poe’s Most Unsettling Tales Reimagined, Including the Original Tales – ed. by Dahlia Adler
This one isn’t out yet, but I’m looking forward to this one so much. I love Edgar Allen Poe’s stories–they’re so weird–and I can’t wait to read retellings of them. Also the fact that they include the original stories that the new ones are based of off is so fun.
Queerly Loving – ed. by G. Benson & Astrid Ohletz
I own the first one, and have read a single story in the second one. I highly recommend these anthologies, because the few stories I have read have blown me away. I specifically enjoy Xan West’s Tenderness, which is featured in the second volume.
An Alphabet of Embers – ed. by Rose Lemberg
I love everything by Rose Lemberg that I’ve read, so knowing that they also edited an anthology made it an insta-read for me. However, I haven’t read it yet. I trust Rose, so even though I don’t know much about this anthology, I know that I’ll love the stories because Rose chose them.
Unbroken: 13 Stories Starring Disabled Teens – ed. by Merieke Nijkamp
I’ll be open about this: I haven’t read many stories with disabled people in them. I want to read more, but it’s hard for me to know which stories out there are or aren’t harmful, especially if they’re lesser known. Unbroken, I’m pretty sure, is all written by own voices authors. I feel like this would be a fantastic place to start reading more stories about disabled peoples.
Defying Doomsday – ed. by Tsana Dolichva & Holly Kench
I again don’t know much about this anthology, but I do know that a story by Bogi Takács is in this anthology. I feel like if that story tells me anything about this anthology, then I know I’ll love this one.
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5 thoughts on “Anthologies I Need to Read”
I’ve been looking for more queer-focused anthologies, thank you!
I’ve got a bunch of these that I need to read as well! I’ve read the TOIL & TROUBLE antho, though, and most of the stories in there were pretty great.
That’s great to hear!! I’m hoping to dive into one of these soon, but I don’t have access to that many. 🙁
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