Tonight's #shortstory is from Apex: "The Best Friend We Never Had" by Nisi Shawl.
This one is brings us some gritty near(ish) future scifi that feels all too possible with corporations & corruption & exploitation of workers & prisoners & the sense of hopelessness that all gives wrapped up in some comprehensive worldbuilding. But, at it's core it's about going home & the sometimes bitter experience that can be when home both is & isn't what we remembered.
Aaaah, it’s out there finallllyyyyyy.
We're so pleased and excited to publish Thunderstorm in Glasgow, July 25, 2013, a poem by @tithenai , illustrated by @mollycrabapple — https://firesidefiction.com/thunderstorm-in-glasgow-july-25-2013
For anyone looking for a #shortstory to read: I collect all my (not quite daily right now but getting there again!) story recommendations in a weekly post at my blog and I collect each of those posts in a master list here: http://www.jeffxilon.com/weekly-fiction-rec-roundups/
Tonight's #shortstory recommendation is from one of my favorite authors (I have a lot of favorite authors). I wasn't expecting to see a Tobias S. Buckell story when I decided to check out Clarkesworld's latest offerings, but there it was and I couldn't pass up the chance to check out "A World to Die For".
This story starts out very Mad Max like...and then it gets funky and even *more* scifi. I don't really want to spoil anything so I'll leave it at that for now.
Who's looking for a #shortstory to read tonight? Because I have today's recommendation.
This one is for anyone looking for a quick read (it's flash length) and something deliciously (OK, I might be a terrible person for using that word, but I'm going with it) creepy. Beware! Spooky kid in this!
"Those We Feed" by Layla Al-Bedawi from Fireside Fiction.
This is a #GlitterShip appreciation post! Because GlitterShip is fucking awesome, okay? Do you like #sciencefiction or #fantasy or whatever other variety of #speculativefiction with awesome #lgbt characters and storylines? Did you only just realize now that I mentioned it how much you might want that?
Spread the word: GlitterShip is great #ownvoices in action.
Tonight’s #shortstory rec is set in a fictional historical Italy & is largely about the relationship between a Duke’s right hand man and the Duke’s powerful, mystical mistress. It spans years and I could easily see it as the basis of a limited run prestige TV series. It would be a lot fun to fantasy cast such a thing.
“The Little Duchess” by Julia August from Kaleidotrope
Tonight's #shortstory rec comes from the newest issue of FIYAH.
"With These Hands: An Account of Uncommon Labor" by L.H. Moore
It's one of those stories I often like (when done well) which feels like it could have been written in a different era, which suits an issue dedicated to "Ahistorical Blackness".
POV character recounts to us strange things he witnessed while helping build the White House and how they relate to the lengths people will go to to be free.
Tonight's story rec is...well, it's a bit of a punch in the gut. For me at least. At this moment I can't imagine a better story to kick off a new year. This is a perfect January story. Especially if, like me, you're feeling a little lost, maybe a little down looking back and forward and not 100% comfortable with it all. It also has the most wonderfully creepy, weird creature creation I've read in a long time.
"Black Fanged Thing" by Sam Rebelein from Shimmer #41
Here's a late-night (for me anyway) #shortstory rec that's a much different tone than many I put out there, but that is an enjoyable read if only to see a truly well-deserved, if not too serious, comeuppance visited upon a complete jerk of a character.
"Low Bridge or The Dark Obstructions" by M. Bennardo from Beneath Ceaseless Skies #240.
Trying to get a couple more #shortstory recs in before I do my roundup. This excellently titled story is:
"Shadow Man, Sack Man, Half Dark, Half Light" by Malon Edwards from PodCastle #495
A machete wielding girl with a clockwork heart confronting monsters on the streets of a grim fantasy Chicago. Good stuff.
Still behind and totally off the rhythm, but I have a #shortstory to share tonight.
"The Whalebone Parrot" by Darcie Little Badger from Issue 29 of The Dark.
It's a kind of ghost story (perhaps?) with an older feeling style done well. I was reminded reading this of the way I often feel reading a Shirley Jackson story - like entering a room where everything feels off by just a bit, but you're not completely sure why.