Short Story Sunday: Team Effort, Ed Gorman

Adventures of Robin Hood Cover

Team Effort, Ed Gorman

According to IMDB, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves—which turns 25 this year—was the tenth most popular film in 1991, but that didn’t stop every publisher from jumping on the tie-in bandwagon. Signet put its entry in the capable hands of speculative anthologist Martin H. Greenberg, who compiled a collection I mostly forget except for Ed Gorman’s “Team Effort”—a succinct little piece that gets its basic world building out of the way in one sentence and moves on to the much more interesting emotional crisis in the wake of an accidental death that Marian considers to be her fault. Tightly written, single scene and gripping, “Team Effort” is a poignant, fresh take on Robin Hood and his Merry Men—and guilt.

Like many charming mass market paperbacks from the past, this one is out of print…but the good news is used ones go for as little as a penny on Amazon:

Lately I’ve been working on the overwhelming task of thinning out my book collection; it’s something no book lover likes to do, but let’s face it, every once in a while it has to be done, either to clear clutter or make room for more.

It’s no surprise that a good portion of my collection is devoted to short story collections. I’ve read my share of great stories, and I’ve read my share of awful ones—but I’ve also read my share of a few that blew me away to the point at which I’ll never forget them. So instead of doing a typical “Top” list, I decided instead to focus on ones which fall into the last category (please note that in my “about” descriptions I tried to be spoiler-free). Do you have any that have made a lasting impression on you? Leave them in the comments.

About kristipetersenschoonover

A ghost story writer who still sleeps with the lights on, Kristi Petersen Schoonover’s fiction has appeared in many magazines and anthologies; her traditionally published books include a short story collection, THE SHADOWS BEHIND. She was the recipient of three Norman Mailer Writers Colony Residencies and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College. She serves as co-host of the DARK DISCUSSIONS podcast, as founding editor of the dark literary journal 34 ORCHARD, and is a member of both the New England Horror Writers and the Horror Writers Association. Follow her adventures at

Posted on August 14, 2016, in Short Stories and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Greenberg edited a LOT of books like this:

    Yes. you’re in there, too:

    • Hi, Mark!

      I knew Greenberg was active–I have a few of his collections (this Robin Hood one, though, is my favorite). Looking at that list was fun! Even though we have a great many interesting anthologies being published today, it seems like there just isn’t quite the same variety. He is definitely missed.

      Oh my! I had no idea I was on there. It’s missing tons of things, but that’s fantastic! Thank you!!

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