I've edited a lot of anthologies over the years; most in the weird western category, a few more traditional horror and some science fiction. Some have been well submitted, some have gone begging for stories and had to be cancelled. That may be why some writers are reticent to submit to an original story anthology--who wants to go to the work and have it get cancelled. And maybe the writing world just hates me. It is clear that, more often than not, I have struggled to fill most of these projects.
That was kind of the deal with Tales From Dry Gulch, which just finished it's reading cycle. Once again, I would have liked to have had a few more stories. Still, I have enough to make a good book. And I was amazed at how well the stories fit. It is so nice to see stuff where the writer actually read the guidelines. These stories fit together amazingly well, even though they're over a wide range of types with ghost stories and little green men represented. And, what became an amazing thread was "What the heck is zinc?" kept turning up about the town's zinc mine.
So, the book will be edited, laid out and a cover designed for it. And later this year it will be released and we'll see if folks will buy it.