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By Stephen King, Charles L. Grant

To do an anthology, to fill it with the categories of news its premise dictates, there need to be ideas. ideas for size, for sort, for content material. yet one of many nicest issues approximately being an editor is: because you made up the principles within the first position, you can even holiday them whilst the party warrants. therefore, I've set myself opposed to the conventional in darkish delusion fiction (vampires, werewolves, and so forth), opposed to together with technology fiction, humor, and poetry, and opposed to settings except the contemporary.

This quantity breaks virtually each of my ideas. And the easiest half approximately that's, so long as you and that i, as readers, benefit from the choices, who cares? and luxuriate in I belief you are going to. might be now not all, in view that all of us range in tastes, yet adequate in order that the identify of this sequence keeps to work—if now not in your mind's eye, then at the least in your dreams.

Charles L. Grant
Budd Lake, New Jersey
1980

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