Not to be left out of the end of year roundup posts, here is a collection of what I found to be the best short reads online. Some of these markets don’t have the biggest circulation or receive the most attention but I always find great stories tucked into these small corners of the Internet.
In no particular order:
Origin Story, by T. Kingfisher
To This You Cling, With jagged Fingernails, by Beth Cato
Seasons of Glass, by Amal El-Mohtar
River Doll, by Tariro Ndoro
Bones in the Rock, by R. K. Kalaw
Milkteeth, by Kristi Demeester
The House of Illusionists by Vanessa Fogg
The Pull of the Herd by Suzan Palumbo
By the Hand that Casts it by Stephanie Charette
Versions of the Sun by A.J. Hammer
Summer travel was not conducive to a lot of reading but here are a few stories that stood out to me over the last couple of months.
- Bones in the Rock, by R. K. Kalaw, was really strong with emotion, and shows that a good writer can elicit emotion through any being.
- By Claw, By Hand, By Silent Speech, by Elsa SjunNeson-Henry, and A. Merc Rustad, is thematically related to Bones in the Rock. The story is very inventive storytelling.
- Milkteeth, by Kristi Demeester, is a deliciously dark and disturbing story.
- To This You Cling, With jagged Fingernails, by Beth Cato. For all of us who still believe in magic.
- The Passenger, by Emily Lundgren, is a dark tale that falls into greater darkness. It’s also a flashback to life in 2002-ish.
- Cast Off Tight, by Hal Zhang. Quirky, sad, yet hopeful.
I have created a new feature, a monthly Best Online Short Stories list so welcome to the first edition.
This is a list of the best short stories I’ve read in the past month. These stories were published online, though some may also have been published in a print journal or e-zine. These online stories represent excellent work, often by new writers, and I simply wish them well and a wider audience.
If you read something great this month, share it.
- The Dead Father Cookbook by Ashley Booms
Ashley Bloom: http://www.ashleyblooms.com/
A creepy story that may say too much about me in the fact I thought it was fun.
- What if I Fall by Anne Dafeta
Anne Dafeta: https://ajdafeta.wordpress.com/
The tension and pacing are very well done.
- Ten Thousand Sleeping Beauties by Jocelyn Koehler
Jocelyn Koehler: http://www.teamblood.org
A thoughtful, poignant tale with big themes in a small space.
Each of these stories are by writers without long publishing credentials but they are all strong writers with excellent voices.
Other good stories for July 2017