Time For Some Shorts!

It’s been a while since I’ve talked about short stories. Larry the Kindle loves him some short stories, especially when I’m cooking dinner. It’s like my very own floor show. Read a story, stir the pot, read another story, scream like a madwoman because something is burning, order a pizza and read another story. Life is good.

So in no particular order:

BEAT TO A PULP: Hardboiled. Glenn Gray (Author), John Hornor Jacobs (Author), Kent Gowran (Author), Kieran Shea (Author), Thomas Pluck (Author), Wayne D. Dundee (Author), Patricia Abbott (Author), Garnett Elliott (Author), Scott D. Parker (Editor), David Cranmer (Editor)

Recommended to me by Thomas Pluck (aka @tommysalami) over on Twitter, this collection of hardboiled crime stories follows the tradition of pulp noir crime fiction. (Tommy, I really liked “Black-eyed Susan,” twisted and nasty, just how I like it)

Also recommended by Thomas Pluck was this collection of dark, disturbing, and very good stories written and presented for charity. All proceeds for the ebook go to CHILDREN 1ST, an organization in Scotland championing the rights of children and vulnerable families.

Lost Children, Paul D. Brazill (Author), Luca Veste (Author), Chad Rohrbacher (Author), Benoit Lelievre (Author), Susan Tepper (Author), Seamus Bellamy (Author), Lynn Beighley (Author), Thomas Pluck (Editor), McDroll (Editor), Ron Earl Phillips (Editor)


Wheel of Wonder, Marina Bridges.

I’m biased since I edited this short story, so you’ll have to trust me when I say it is one of her best (so far, since we’re getting ready to release Zombies Take Manhattan very soon and that collection is her best so far!). If you like zombies, Ferris wheels and sick humor, you’ll love this one.




The Old Organ Trail, Bridget McKenna.

McKenna’s short stories are always a delight. Unusual settings and themes, wicked humor, lots of irony. This one is set in the future where it isn’t the cops in speed traps you have to worry about, but those killer eyes in the sky.


The Golden Parachute, Paul D. Dail.

What do Occupy Wallstreet and the Grim Reaper have in common? It all depends on who is using whom. A creepy little tale with some interesting points about the haves versus the have nots.



Catch & Release, Lawrence Block.

Larry the Kindle is not happy unless I have a few Block novels and short stories in the TBR pile. Block never pulls punches, but this short story has to be, hand’s down, the most chilling story I’ve read yet by him. Pop into the mind of a serial killer, if you dare. This one will have you locking the doors and looking funny at the neighbors.



If you have an ereader, short stories are the best value for entertainment around. If you’re loving the resurgence of short fiction that e-publishing is fostering, too, list some of your new-found treasures in the comments.


5 responses

  1. Most of these are going on my TBR list. I’m a little worried about LB’s story. He can totally freak you out. Very twisted….

  2. You might find it a little… disturbing. It definitely has impact. No matter what, you have to read THREESOME. It will blow you away.

  3. Wow, much thanks for the plug. Glad you enjoyed it. And thanks again for your advice on the revised cover.

    I don’t know if I’ve already said this to you, but I love that the e-revolution seems to be escorting with it a revival of the short form. I was so sad previously when it appeared to be a dying art.

    Thanks again for your part in this revival with a post like this.

    Paul D. Dail
    http://www.pauldail.com- A horror writer’s not necessarily horrific blog

  4. You’re welcome, Paul. I’ve told myself no more buying novels until my TBR pile is of a manageable size. LOOPHOLE! Short fiction is… short. It doesn’t make the TBR pile much bigger at all. I picked up your other shorts, too. Your FREE 5 is up next. I’m curious to see what you do with flash fiction (I make a proper muck of it, heh).

  5. […] – Fellow Triberr mate, JW Manus was kind enough to put up a little blurb about my short The Golden Parachute at her other blog, Must Love Fiction.  For the blurb (along with several other good ideas for short stories to read), click here. […]

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