Need a book title

I’m in the process of editing together another collection of short stories, this time in the fantasy genre. But my brain has got stuck on a key point, and I thought I would seek the collective wisdom of my readers.

I need a title for the collection. None of the ones I’ve come up with so far are both good and in keeping with the tone of the collection.

Stories in the collection include:

  • a gladiator using art and magic to escape the horrors of the Roman arena
  • knights fighting monsters in the forest during the Hundred Years War
  • an Arabian nights style tale of love, determination and sorcery
  • a gutter-dwelling messenger’s journey across a strange rooftop world
  • two stories about a demonic detective
  • a ninja who can literally become a shadow
  • magical interrogation in an Oriental prison cell
  • various other odds and ends, most involving some combination of magic, action and the creative arts

Does anybody have any ideas for suitable titles for the collection? Or any advice on how to come up with a good title? I’ve been turning this over in my mind for weeks and it’s starting to drive me nuts.

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In unrelated news, I’ve reached nearly eight hundred followers for this blog. That’s a pretty big deal compared with where I was at a year ago. So thanks for reading, and especially to those of you who take the time to comment or to share posts via social media. I always enjoy these little discussions.

Thanks also to JH Mae and Brittany Zelkovich, both of whom mentioned my blog in recent blog award posts. I don’t do blog awards – my inner pedant hates the abuse of the word ‘award’ for what are otherwise nice chain-letter style posts – and I’ve written enough random fact posts about me in recent months. But it’s always nice to be appreciated, so thanks both of you, and everyone else please go check out their blogs.

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And while you’re waiting for my fantasy story collection, don’t forget that Riding the Mainspring, my steampunk collection, and From a Foreign Shore, containing my history and alternate stories, are still out there to read and enjoy. Not convinced? Go check out the reviews on Amazon – they’re really rather good.