Mysteria is a small town in Colorado that was literally created by a very random act of kindness. It’s a haven for the supernatural, where anything and everything can come and live without fear, where “magic has coexisted with the mundane world”.
MaryJanice Davidson’s story, Alone Wolf, was my favorite. It’s about a lone werewolf who ends up in Mysteria, buys a house, and falls for the short, busty real estate agent. I like how it’s done mostly from the guy’s point of view, and how you can really hear him thinking. It was quite funny.
Susan Grant’s story, Mortal in Mysteria, is about the demon who created Mysteria by mistake, and how he ends up with a preacher proves that the devil has a sense of humor. The Witches of Mysteria and the Dead Who Love Them by Gena Showalter involves three witch sisters, mainly focusing on the middle one and how she’s been obsessed with this one man for most of her life and keeps throwing herself at him. While sometimes I wanted to smack her, it made for some interesting reading. Candy Cox and the Big Bad (Were) Wolf by P. C. Cast is about a woman with no magic, and the sexy younger werewolf who makes her head spin.
While it’s usually a bit difficult to get everything packed into a shorter medium, these authors do a remarkable job of making that happen. Getting the characters to fall in love in a believable way is usually a bit of a challenge, but they manage quite well, so much so that they leave you wanting to know what happens next. (Okay, I need to buy the next series of short stories!) Each story is a good laugh, in a creative setting, with enough backup characters that I hope will have stories of their own. While I’m not sure I would want to live in Mysteria, I’m pretty sure that if I ever woke up and found myself lying in someone’s backyard there—hopefully not naked—I think I would be in for the time of my life.
The next Mysteria anthology, Mysteria Lane, is out now.
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