November 17, 2019
Day 315 Nov 10, 2019
UNCLE CHARLE by Christy Mann
Stories We Tell After Midnight – 2019
Horror – 4 Pages
Probably the most redundant little short story I’ve ever read. The author said the same things multiple times and used a handful of nouns repeatedly. Unnecessarily so....
November 10, 2019
Day 308 Nov 3, 2019
GOBBL’UNS by Thea Brune
Horror – 10 Pages (about, digital)
Ooh, favorite of this anthology so far. A monster under the bed story with a good number of twists and a double tap ending. The writing’s accessible and qui...
November 2, 2019
Day 301 Oct 27, 2019
THE SOUL WITHIN by Jennifer Nestojko
Horror – 13 Pages
The writing in this one’s pretty pedestrian and it took a while to get into as two-thirds is backstory being filled in, so nothing enveloping. There’s also a l...
October 26, 2019
Day 294 Oct 20, 2019
INTIMACY – Raymond Carver
Where I’m Calling From – Selected Stories 1989
General – 9 Pages
This is a fun little study of the title topic, but after the relationship is over and all that’s left is guilt and anger. It’s fun enough, but there isn’t much t...
October 19, 2019
Day 288 Oct 13, 2019
WHISPERS IN THE EAR OF A DREAMING APE by Joshua Chaplinsky
Whispers in the Ear of a Dreaming Ape – 2019 (story originally published in Pantheon, 2017)
General – 12 Pages (about, digital)
As with most other Chaplinsky stories I’ve read, this one relies...
October 13, 2019
Day 281 Oct 6, 2019
UNION DUES by Gary Braunbeck
Borderlands 4 – 1994
Horror – 26 Pages
This one’s good and creepy, and fantastically layered. Labor as a destiny, man built to feed the machines, man accepting this to feed his family. This is the kind of story that might so...
October 5, 2019
Day 274 Sep 28, 2019
MOWING FOR THE CHICKEN by Eric Rickstad
Cemetery Dance Issue #77 – 2019
Horror – 3 Pages
This one’s a mighty straightforward and the path to the end, though littered with reasons to root for the main character, it has zero sideways steps or glimpses at...
September 28, 2019
Day 267 Sep 22, 2019
A SMALL NORTHERN INHERITANCE by Mark Rigney
Fantasy – 6 Pages
That one’s a little more along the Cemetery Dance lines of yore. A bit silly and a bit freaky, pretty fun. The switching of points of view and voice really wo...
September 22, 2019
Day 260 Sep 15, 2019
THE HALLOWEEN MONSTER by Alison Littlewood
The Mammoth Book of Halloween Stories – 2018
Horror – 16 Pages
Ooh, this one had me right from the start, hitting me with one of those upfront, don’t you do it possibilities. Kill kids and old people. Get at p...
September 15, 2019
Day 253 Sep 8, 2019
AFTER THE PEOPLE LIGHTS HAVE GONE OFF by Stephen Graham Jones
After the People Lights Have Gone Off – 2014 (story originally published in Phantasmagoria, 20??)
Horror – 40 Pages
Talk about building an atmosphere. I thought maybe I was getting lost in th...
September 7, 2019
Day 246 Sep 1, 2019
XEBICO by Stephen Graham Jones
After the People Lights Have Gone Off – 2014 (story originally published in Weird Fiction Review, 2012)
Horror – 17 Pages
This one’s kind of interesting in style, a less SGJ flavor from the average SGJ tales. It kind of ha...
August 31, 2019
Day 239 Aug 25, 2019
ADVENTURES IN THE SKIN TRADE by Don D’Ammassa
Borderlands 4 – 1994
Horror – 9 Pages
This one’s got an obviously disturbed point of view and that leaves two options from the onset: he’s either wacko or the world around him is wacko. As it gets to playin...
August 24, 2019
Day 232 Aug 18, 2019
MORNING TERRORS by Peter Crowther
Horror – 20 Pages
This one’s a bit thin everywhere aside from imagery. Its foundation is simply textural nastiness. There are a good many movies that get by on this, but for a story, it’s too thin....
August 17, 2019
Day 225 Aug 11, 2019
BLEED by Joyce Carol Oates
Give Me Your Heart – 2010 (story originally published in Shenandoah, 2008)
Crime – 20 Pages
This is one of those sideways suspense stories, the heart of the matter is internal and bubbling over a long period of time before op...
August 16, 2019
“The worst horror movie I ever saw was fucking great,” Stephen King said to Eli Roth during their conversation on Eli Roth’s History of Horror.
I wish I could say the same thing. I quit on so many movies (quit on just about every TV show). My time is valuable to me and...