At Scryptic Studios, writer-artist Phil Hester discusses crafting short stories, and what makes a good anthology:
Talent and variety. I love getting a new vision every five pages, even when the material is uneven. When all the talent is great, then seeing a new vision every five pages is absolutely exhilarating.
I’d love to see an anthology that had straight science fiction, super heroes, horror, art house, and humor material together. In my world those forms are not in competition with one another, they may be in the real marketplace, but not in my library. Not to get all Disney on you, but I think Iron Man and Acme Novelty and Flaming Carrot are part of the same tapestry, not disparate threads pulling away from one another. It would do a D&Q reader good to see a really kick-ass barbarian story, just as it would do a Witchblade reader good to see James Kochalka work his magic. I’m dreaming.
There’s more good stuff at the link.