When Legendary opened for submissions, I toyed with writing something. For about ten seconds. (Probably not even that long.)
It wasn’t that I couldn’t do it. (Though, there’s no way I would have done it as well as the five authors included in the book.)
It was because I’m *incomprehensible syllables* years old and urban legends still freak me the eff out. I still have a problem walking by a mirror in the dark for fear of Bloody Mary attacking me—an urban legend beat into my head during (ironically enough) church lock-ins. The idea of doing research to figure out which one to write was enough to make me rock in the fetal position.
That said, one might think it would make me shy away from reading the completed Legendary.
Nope. Once I was offered the chance to read it I jumped at it.
It wasn’t just because I loved the last anthology I read that editor Laura Harvey compiled.
It wasn’t just because it features some of my favorite authors.
It was because I wanted to see if newer versions of urban legends—those with a romantic twist, at that—could satisfy me rather than scare me.
Let me just say, I’m satisfied.
In fact, so satisfied that more than one story left me sitting in my chair screaming, “That’s it? REALLY?” (I’m looking at you, Sara Dobie Bauer.)
Classic rewrites include the guy with the hook, the white lady, the disappearing hitchhiker, and even my aforementioned nemesis of mirror urban legends.
It’s so hard for me to pick just one. I can’t. I won’t. You can’t make me. But I can tell you to never wear pink underwear and to always be wary of a ballerina’s ex-boyfriend. Might want to think twice about that hitchhiker too—or not. The choice is yours.
As far as reading the book, the choice is yours too, but I highly recommend it.
I am pretty glad I gave it a read. I might even hold it up in front of a dark bathroom and chant its name three times, just to see what happens.
About the book
Urban legends. We’ve all heard them, we’ve all told them. They fill the role that fairy tales once held—morality tales meant to frighten us into sticking with the herd, obeying society’s rules, and not taking any chances. In most urban legends, once someone transgresses, we know things won’t end well for them.
But what if the bright spark of romance also common to these stories refuses to be snuffed out? What if it bursts into a love that fights for its chance to burn? Can love triumph over evil? Forgive any trespass? Heal any wound?
Set off into a dark wood with a young love that won’t go quietly into the night. Bait a vengeful ghost to find family, and love. Ride along with a hitchhiker who won’t vanish for long. Learn to love a touch that is not human. Find passion beneath the scars. Dive into five tales that speak to the heart of myth and find love that is nothing short of legend.
Featuring new stories by Sara Dobie Bauer, Wendy Sparrow, T. R. North, Aisling Phillips, and Michael Leonberger.
Available January 13, 2017