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By Stephen King, Charles L. Grant

To do an anthology, to fill it with the categories of reports its premise dictates, there need to be ideas. principles for size, for sort, for content material. yet one of many nicest issues approximately being an editor is: because you made up the foundations within the first position, you can even holiday them while the party warrants. hence, I've set myself opposed to the normal 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 principles. And the easiest half approximately that's, so long as you and that i, as readers, benefit from the choices, who cares? and revel in I belief you are going to. might be now not all, considering all of us range in tastes, yet adequate in order that the name of this sequence maintains to work—if no longer in your mind's eye, then no less than in your dreams.

Charles L. Grant
Budd Lake, New Jersey
1980

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