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The Life of a Reprint Anthologist: Paula Guran’s Research Stack for the Upcoming Swords Against Darkness

Sunday, September 4th, 2016 | Posted by John ONeill

Paula Guran's sword and sorcery research

Paula Guran has my dream job. She’s currently deep into the research phase for her upcoming Swords Against Darkness (named, she says, partly in tribute to Andrew J. Offutt’s classic line of 70s Zebra anthologies). And last week she posted this pic of her current reading stack, saying:

Life of a Reprint Anthologist: This is not even HALF the research sources for Swords Against Darkness (a sword & sorcery anthology for next year).

Check out those gorgeous Black Gate magazines in the second stack!

I think Paula is the perfect editor to tackle this job. She has excellent taste, and she’s already proven — in numerous excellent recent anthologies such as Weird Detectives, New Cthulhu 2, and The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2016 — that she brings a fresh eye to fantasy.

Weird Detectives-smallWe’ve covered several of her most interesting projects over the past few years, including:

The Mammoth Book of Cthulhu
Street Magicks
Warrior Women
The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Novellas: 2016
The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Novellas: 2015
Mermaids and Other Mysteries of the Deep
Blood Sisters
The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2016
The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2015
The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2014
The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2013
New Cthulhu 2
New Cthulhu: The Recent Weird
Weird Detectives
Season of Wonder

See all of our coverage of the best in upcoming fantasy books here.


  1. OK, I also see a couple Echoes of Valor, an original Swords Against Darkness or two, and I can’t quite make out those two DAW spines, although maybe one of them is the Page Heroic Fantasy? And is that a Flashing Swords hardcover right below the paperbacks?

    This will most definitely be something I’ll pay attention to; in my dreams, the final product would be something like the size of the VanderMeers’ Weird or Big Book of Science FIction.

    Comment by Joe H. - September 4, 2016 1:22 pm

  2. Looks like the pile by the side of my bed…

    Comment by Thomas Parker - September 4, 2016 2:43 pm

  3. I am so ready to buy that anthology.

    Comment by Sarah Avery - September 7, 2016 1:20 am

  4. oh, my. Reading those would be a lot of fun.

    Comment by Zeta Moore - September 7, 2016 7:10 pm

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