Some readers like understated fantasy. These stories question reality but not as far as genres like science fiction. If you’re one of those people, this list is for you. The stories in these collections go off the beaten path. They draw inspiration from mythology and oral narratives. They include elements of the absurd. They feature unusual characters in odd situations. They play with reality without completely going off the rails into completely unrecognizable worlds. They flirt with the supernatural and the unknown but are still very much down to earth. We hope you enjoy them!