I’m coming in a day later than usual and with only 5 stories this time, but it is time for another roundup of fiction I’ve recently read and liked enough to share on my Mastodon feed. I think there’s an interesting selection here with a series of styles that range from feeling like they could have come from a different era (the 2nd and last story) to the thoroughly modern (like the first story). As usual there’s a fair bit of weird and creepy and unsettling, but not only that. And, as usual I think there’s hope to be found here too.
This story is exactly what it sounds like, using the form of those omnipresent ‘Which _____ are you?’ quizzes. I love short stories that play with format and this one does it with creepy, disturbing fun (or maybe “fun”?).
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. If that is your thing, I think you’ll appreciate this as much as I did.
This is a piece of flash about the end of the world and how legends grow from history that really nails the ending (of the story, not the world) the way a good piece of flash *must* nail an ending. If you only have time for a quick read this is a great one. It’ll be more powerful for those who know a certain non-fiction fact, but I won’t say what that is, as I don’t want to spoil the story for anyone.
Malon Edwards is an author I always love to see a new story from. I’m a fan of his stories and their often gritty, cyberpunkish aesthetics. Here he gives us a machete wielding girl with a clockwork heart confronting monsters on the streets of a grim fantasy (?) Chicago (specifically ‘La Petite Haïti Chicago’). Good stuff.
This story has a much different tone than many I put out there, but I found it an enjoyable read, in particular to see a truly well-deserved, if not too serious, comeuppance visited upon a complete jerk of a character. Sometimes it’s nice to read stories that aren’t about apocalypses, empires, and monsters. Sometimes the stakes are much smaller, like a character who simply wants to enjoy a honeymoon trip. But there are things many of us (in this particular case, men especially) can learn in a such a story.
That’s it for this week. If you’d like to find links to all the weekly roundups you I have a page here for just that.