'Stories' is a groundbreaking anthology that reinvigorates, expands, and redefines the limits of imaginative fiction and affords some writers in the world - from Peter Straub and Chuck Palahniuk to Roddy Doyle and Diana Wynne Jones, Stewart O'Nan and Joyce Carol Oates to Walter Mosley and Jodi Picoult - the opportunity to work together, defend their craft, and realign misconceptions. Gaiman, a literary magician whose acclaimed work defies easy categorization and transcends all boundaries, and 'master anthologist' ('Booklist') Sarrantonio personally invited, read, and selected all the stories in this collection, and their standard for this 'new literature of the imagination' is high. Joe Hill boldly aligns theme and form in his disturbing tale of a man's descent into evil in 'Devil on the Staircase'. In 'Catch and Release', Lawrence Block tells of a seasoned fisherman with a talent for catching a bite of another sort. Carolyn Parkhurst adds a dark twist to sibling rivalry in 'Unwell'. Joanne Harris weaves a tale of ancient gods in modern New York in 'Wildfire in Manhattan'. Vengeance is the heart of Richard Adams's 'The Knife'. Jeffery Deaver introduces a dedicated psychologist whose mission in life is to save people in 'The Therapist'. A chilling punishment befitting an unspeakable crime is at the dark heart of Neil Gaiman's novelette 'The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains'.