This is the reason why I stay away from bookstores. I can't help buying something. I went to B&N last week to kill some time and see if Naruto vol. 52 (manga) had been released yet (it hadn't). I was browsing the new fantasy books when I came across The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2011 edited by Paula Guran. I picked it up and could not put it down. Usually, I stay away from anthologies because I don't finish them. I didn't even make it halfway through the last two horror anthologies I bought. The "best horror" wasn't creepy and, for me, if a horror story isn't creepy it hasn't done its job, no matter how well written it is. When it comes to horror, I stick to the classics.
Since my writing falls more into dark fantasy than horror, I've become fascinated with the genre so, when I saw The Year's Best Dark Fantasy and Horror, I had to get it. Actually, I put the book back thinking I'd buy it at the end of the week when I got paid but I couldn't see myself walking out of the store without it and risk returning and not finding it. I bought this book in the name of research.
I'm enjoying it so far. I've had a hard time finding stories similar to mine but while reading this collection, I keep thinking, "sounds like something I'd write." I'm back to reading two books at a time but I don't feel overwhelmed. I'm really excited to have so many good books to read.
(I just checked Amazon and found out Naruto vol. 52 was released today. Man, am I in trouble!)