Step one: Pick up a copy of Magic: An Anthology of the Esoteric and Arcane, edited by Jonathan Oliver.
Step two: Go to page 79.
Step three: Read ‘Party Tricks’ by Dan Abnett.
Step four: Realise you’re in the hands of a master. Sit back and enjoy the story.
Without realising it, I’ve managed to collect and read three anthologies by Jonathan Oliver in the past two years. The first two, House of Fear and End of the Line, were because the rather talented Adam Nevill was involved, this time it was Dan Abnett, but honestly, it was not until I put it on the shelf I realised Jonathan edited all three. I’m of the mind tha there’s no greater praise of an artist that someone can enjoy their work without realising who did it.
Anyway, yes, get this anthology. Get it, go on. You really won’t regret it.