Last Wednesday, I reviewed My Favorite Science Fiction Story (you can read the review here). Then, Todd Mason, learning of the existence of My Favorite Horror Story, reviewed it here. Now, I complete the trifecta with My Favorite Fantasy Story (2000). This is my favorite volume of the three because some of my favorite stories can be found in this volume. “That Hell-Bound Train” won Robert Block a Hugo Award. Jack Vance is celebrated by Robert Silverberg choosing “Mizirian the Magician” and George R. R. Martin choosing ” Liane the Wayfarer.”

Classics like L. Sprague de Camp’s “The Gnarly Man” and Charles Dickens’s “The Bagman’s Story” are represented. I enjoyed Debra Doyle and James D. Macdonald’s spy mashup, “Stealing God” where the Holy Grail makes an appearance. And Andre Norton pick’s one of my favorite Manly Wade Wellman stories, “The Spring.” All in all, an excellent anthology! GRADE: A


INTRODUCTION by Martin H. Greenberg — 1

20 thoughts on “WEDNESDAY’S SHORT STORIES #15: MY FAVORITE FANTASY STORY Edited by Martin H. Greenberg

  1. Steve Oerkfitz

    Looks like a good selection. I have read most of these. The exception the Dickens & the b John D. MacDonald. And am a fan of Vance, Lafferty, Bloch and Wellman. Nothing here I remember not liking.

    1. george Post author

      Jerry, excellent question! Off the top of my head, I’d say Fritz Leiber’s “The Bazaar of the Bizarre.” But ask me 10 minutes from now and I’d pick a story by Clark Ashton Smith or Lord Dunsany.

      1. Jerry House

        Off the top of my head. George, I would have gone with Leiber’s “The Bleak Shore.” I still remember the thrill of reading it 59 years ago in Don Benson’s anthology THE UNKNOWN.

      2. george Post author

        Jerry, why am I not surprised you and I both picked Fritz Leiber stories? Leiber was a great fantasy writer and greatly underrated!

  2. Michael Padgett

    I’ve only read four of these–the two by Vance and the ones by M. R. James and Robert Bloch, and the latter two are more frequently categorized as horror than fantasy. Never been much of a fantasy fan, that this would seem to be a pretty good indicator of that.

  3. Jeff Meyerson

    I know I’ve read the M. R. James and the Bloch and the de Camp. I can see I’m going to have to look for that one too.

    1. george Post author

      Jeff, I know the pandemic has been a hardship for many people, but on the Plus Side it has given me an opportunity to read books that have been on my shelves for years (sometimes, decades!). This MY FAVORITE series offers plenty of wonderful stories. And the introductions to the stories by the writers who chose them are very insightful.

      1. Jeff Meyerson

        I put this one on hold at the library and it is already In Transit, so I should have it fairly soon. They have copies of the other two books too, so will get those in time.

  4. Jeff Smith

    Wonder what happened to the Ray Bradbury story? It’s listed on the cover but not in the contents, so it looks like it had to be pulled for some reason.

  5. Elgin Bleecker

    Thanks for the tip, George. The genre is outside my usual hard-boiled crime (or non-fiction) reading. So, the book looks like a good place to get acquainted with authors I have only heard of, but never read.


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