Because the first taste is always free.
There’s also a fabulous interview with the anthology’s editors, Silvia Moreno-Garcia and Orrin Grey. And as if that wasn’t enough, there’s also a fantastic gallery of mushroom photographs by mycologist Taylor Lockwood.
As it so happens, I’m currently reading Fungi. I encourage you to pick up a copy. It’s a brilliant collection full of stories by incredible authors. I’m not finished yet, but I particularly enjoyed the pieces by Camille Alexa, Andrew Penn Romaine, Kristopher Reisz, Daniel Mills, and Nick Mamatas. As a physical object, the book is also gorgeous. I’ve raved about the cover before, but the layout is lovely, too, and there are fabulous interior illustrations reminiscent of Mike Mignola. I’m truly proud to be a part of the collection.
And aside from all that, mushrooms are wonderful! Why wouldn’t you want to read about them? They’re beautiful, and delicious. Shortly after the anthology emerged, they started invading the end of my street (photographic evidence to the left). There are more photographs, but the interweb doesn’t want me to post them. (That’s not just what the mushrooms want me to say. I swear.) Their fruiting in a timely manner is a good omen, right? Right?