Sunday, May 4, 2014

May is National Short Story Month!

I'm not sure who exactly had the power to make it so, but it looks like May is "National Short Story Month." To celebrate, I'll be reading nothing but short stories this month, and I'll be posting some brief thoughts about what I've read on this here blog.

Serendipitously, I just started reading a rather large anthology this month called Harmlessly Insane. It collects all of the short fiction published to date by horror authors and brothers Evans & Adam Light.

So far, I've read the following short stories:

"Whatever Possessed You?" by Evans Light
"Gertrude" by Evans Light
"Aboreatum" by Evans Light
"Nose Hears" by Evans Light
"The Mole People Beneath the City" by Evans Light
"Cry Baby" by Evans Light

I must say that I've been highly entertained so far.

Note: It looks like the Light brothers are holding a Goodreads Giveaway this month for Harmlessly Insane (ending May 13th). If you're a Goodreads person, you can enter to win a fat trade paperback copy.

Short Story Collections You Should Read

The Fantasy Writer's Assistant by Jeffrey Ford
The Empire of Ice Cream by Jeffrey Ford
Mad Dog Summer by Joe R. Lansdale
The Best of Lucius Shepard by Lucius Shepard
Books of Blood, Vols. 1-3 by Clive Barker
Books of Blood, Vols. 4-6 by Clive Barker
Night Shift by Stephen King

Free Short Fiction by Jeffrey Ford

"The Prelate’s Commission" is in the Winter 2014 edition of Subterranean Press Magazine.
"Relic" at
"A Terror" at

Happy reading!


  1. I used to own the copy of Night Shift, with the cover-over-a-cover that only showed the eyes on the outside but the whole hand on the inside. I still remember some of the phrases from those stories, and could probably repeat them verbatim.

    I'll have to check into the others. Thanks for the recommendations!

    1. I used to have that same copy of Night Shift.

      I can't recommend Jeffrey Ford highly enough. The other guys I recommended write a lot of horror. Ford doesn't. His stuff is fantasy, in a way. No wizards and dragons, really. You'd just have to read it to see what I mean. If you look for anything on the above list, grab a Ford collection.