The Ancient is an anthology of short stories, all revolving around the notion of Aladdin's Lamp. Some of these stories use an actual lamp, some of them use a different object. But in each story, the object has some unusual magical aspect that stays with it from one person to the next.
While you may think that this idea has already been fully exhausted by countless storytellers throughout the three centuries that have passed since the original story, you would be mistaken. And it would be a further mistake to pass on the seven tales in The Ancient.
These seven stories are each distinct and unique. While some of them might remind you of other stories, don't think that any are cheap knockoffs. Some of these tales are lighthearted and will make you chuckle, others are rather dark and will make you look over your shoulder. Each and every story brings something new and different to the idea of a magic lamp.