Fiction. Latino/Latina Studies. In Mexico, cuentos de fantasma are a popular form of literature that combines fantasy, folktales, and pulp fiction. FANTASMAS is the first selection of such stories, and it features nineteen new stories by well-known and emerging Mexican American authors. In her introduction, Kathleen Alcalá distinguishes these stories from those by Latin American magical realists, and discusses how a new generation of Mexican American writers has infused the folktales of the past with a sense of irony, humor, and belief. Other contributors include Luna Calderón, Brandt Jesús Cooper, Rubén Degollado, Elena Díaz Björkquist, Guadalupe García Montaño, Lucrecia Guerrero, Stephen D. Gutiérrez, Gary G. Hernández, Kelley Jácquez, Karleen Pendleton Jiménez, Rob Johnson, Jacquie Moody, Daniel A. Olivas, Torie Olson, Stephanie R. Reyes, David Rice, René Saldaña, Jr., Carmen Tafolla, and Elva Treviño Hart.