Daily Short Story Diary - Week 39

Day 267 Sep 22, 2019 A SMALL NORTHERN INHERITANCE by Mark Rigney Cemetery Dance Issue #77 – 2019 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 worked well in this one. It reached scads beyond the prior few stories in this issue simply because it had any voice at all. Could’ve gone darker, raised the stakes some, but still entertaining and well-written. **** Day 268 Sep 23, 2019 UNCLE by Stephen Graham Jones After the People Lights Have Gone Off – 2014 (story originally published in Ghosts: Recent Hauntings, 2012) Horror – 15 Pages Oooh, man, this one was fantastic.

Daily Short Story Diary - Week 38

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 peacekeepers and gods of any religion. Shoot saviors and heroes. Motherfucker, you better not hurt that animal. So, suspense and then an unexpected unravelling. Great writing. Great twist on the expected. Great impact. ***** Update: Alison Littlewood has agreed to let me reprint this one in the next issue of Unnerving Magazine. Day 261 Sep 16, 2019 THE LADY OF THE BURLESQUE BALLET by Timothy Schaffert Ploughshares Solos: Omn

Daily Short Story Diary - Week 37

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 this one, following along with the point of view, but it’s all in the recipe, I think. SGJ does this thing, Cormac McCarthy does it masterfully, too, where he spells stuff out in a roundabout way without saying it exactly. Like the message is cursed so it has to be talked around or its name is Betelguise but it can’t tell you that directly but it still wants you to say it in the end. And to speak on the end of this one, ho-le

Daily Short Story Diary - Week 36

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 has a voice reminiscent of the period of the story the story’s about. Always with the layers. The SGJ is there, especially in the mounting dread. This is a creepy one where everything turns out to be not quite as expected, but what can a character do? Fun. Creepy. Well-written. **** Day 247 Sep 2, 2019 LILY-WHITE & THE THIEF OF LESSER NIGHT by C.S.E. Cooney Mad Hatters and March Hares – 2017 Fantasy – 22 Pages I don’t know wh