The Midnight Reader

This is a running list of the best short stories I’ve found online. Some may also have been published in a print journal or e-zine. These online stories represent excellent work, often by new writers, but also by those more well known. I simply wish them well and a wider audience.

September 2018
Anathema, Shimmer, and Liminal Stories continue to publish great fantasy short stories that are inspiring.

The Pull of the Herd by Suzan Palumbo

By the Hand that Casts it by Stephanie Charette

The House of Illusionists by Vanessa Fogg

Versions of the Sun by A.J. Hammer

The Ghost Pet Detective by Ryan Row

A Shoal of Lovers Leads Me Home by Ama Josephine Budge

Summer 2018
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.

Spring 2018
The Only Harmless Great Thing” The Only Harmless Great Thing by Brooke Bolander is a terrific novelette. If you like alternate history Fantasy and Science Fiction this should be on your reading list.

Origin Story, T. Kingfisher

River Doll, Tariro Ndoro @MissTariN

August through October 2017
Only one title, not because nothing good was posted but because I have not been able to search them out and read them. Still, this one is a gem:
Ghostling by E. Catherine Tobler
E. Catherine Tobler:

July Best 2017

The Dead Father Cookbook by Ashley Boom Ashley Bloom:

What if I Fall by Anne Dafeta Anne Dafeta:

Ten Thousand Sleeping Beauties by Jocelyn Koehler Jocelyn Koehler:

Each of these are by writers without long publishing credentials but are excellent strong voices.

Other Good July 2017 stories

Birds on an Island by Charlie Bookout

The Voice of the People by Alison Moore

The Hidden by Melissa Pleckham