Twenty-five in all, from this well-known venue with Helen Nielsen, Julian Symons, the Gilberts -- Anthony and Michael, Stanley Ellin, Evan Hunter (a very good one) and Michael Innes heightening the comfortable familiarity of the enterprise. But there is a great deal of new talent which includes four best ""first stories"" of which we particularly liked Ellen Arthur's ""Cal Always Said"" in which a mean man is permitted to die by his own words and Richard Selzer's apprehensive ""A Single Minute of Fear."" Also innovative and exciting -- Kathryn Gottlieb's only too loaded ""Gun"" and William Brittain's uncertainly ""Falling Object"". . . . A highly representative and respectable collection.