The last couple of years, for no other reason than my own amusement, I've devoted a bit of time each August to reading a short story each day. This year was no different and as usual I cheated a bit on the timings. A couple of days - nothing, a few days two or three - more down to a bit of forgetfulness and a break at the end of the month with no laptop available to read on - doubling-up a few days before to compensate.
There are some great online short stories sites out there - Shotgun Honey, Near to the Knuckle, Tough, Retreats From Oblivion, Out of the Gutter Online and a whole stack of others.
It's a great way of getting a vibe for an author's writing without committing to longer works and dipping your hand into your pocket.
This year's 31 were.......
1st - Ron Earl Phillips - Shiner - Ron Earl Phillips.com
2nd - Rob White - Kettle Blowing Can be a Bitch - Near to the Knuckle
3rd - Warren Moore - Frankie - Retreats From Oblivion The Journal of Noircon
4th - Richard Godwin - The Final Countdown 1 ... China White in Mashpee - Pulp Metal Magazine
5th - Paul D. Brazill - The Final Countdown 2 ... Because the Night - Pulp Metal Magazine
6th - Leo W. Banks - The Education of Dovey Coles - LeoWBanks.com
7th - Allan Leverone - Piscataqua River - Near to the Knuckle
8th - Lisa Ciarfella - Karmic Catastrophe - Out of the Gutter online
9th - Mark SaFranko - Luck - Retreats From Oblivion The Journal of Noircon
10th - Paul Heatley - The Stripper - Horror, Sleaze and Trash
11th - Paul Heatley - Tongues - CommuterLit.com
12th - Rex Bolt - Fault Line (no link) - RexBolt.com
13th - Keith Newton - Out of the Frying Pan…? - CommuterLit.com
14th - Tom Leins - Venus in Fake Furs - Retreats From Oblivion The Journal of Noircon
15th - Graham Wynd - These Toys are for Tough Boys - Retreats From Oblivion The Journal of Noircon
16th - Margot Kinberg - Roadside Assistance - Confessions of a Mystery Novelist
17th - Rob McClure Smith - Masonry - Tough
18th - Margot Kinberg - Joy Ride - Confessions of a Mystery Novelist
19th - Tia Ja'nae - Once Upon A Time in Chicago -Tough
20th - Alan Orloff - Two Few Heroes - Shotgun Honey
21st - Henry Brock - Somewhere, New Mexico - Shotgun Honey
22nd - Joe Prosit - Thin Lions - Dead Guns Press
23rd - DJ Tyrer - A Flower for Estrith - Near to the Knuckle
24th - JB Stevens - A Good Man - Out of the Gutter online
25th - Tom Leins - Ventilator Blues - Shotgun Honey
26th - Aidan Thorn - Unsafe Load - Shotgun Honey
27th - Bradford Keen - Pencil Pusher - Shotgun Honey
28th - Jake Hinkson - The Long Drop - Beat to a Pulp
29th - Kevin J. Garvey - The Cabin - Near to the Knuckle
30th - P.T. Corwin - Where Katie Hid - Near to the Knuckle
31st - Eric Beetner - Where the Long Road Ends - Shotgun Honey
Previous years reading......
AUGUST 2017 - 31 DAYS, 31 SHORTS!
AUGUST 2016 - 31 DAYS, 31 SHORTS
I really like the idea of reading short stories like that, Col. As you say, there are some fine sites out there, and some excellent stories. To me, it's a good way to 'meet' new authors, and see what authors you like do with the short story format. Thanks for those links, too.ReplyDelete
Thanks for finding room for a couple of Paignton Noir stories, Col!ReplyDelete
You're welcome Tom - I really enjoyed them. Time to pull my finger out and crack on with Meat Bubbles!Delete
Great list, Col!ReplyDelete
Col – Thanks for the list and the links.ReplyDelete
Elgin, you're welcome. I hope you hit on a few that you like.Delete
Very impressive, most of the short stories you found online. I have a lot of short story books though, I would like to make a dent in those. And although you mentioned it before, I did not realize this was a yearly project. Even better. A couple of years ago in February I read mostly short stories.ReplyDelete
I like sampling new authors, Tracy - not that I need to find any more to be honest. I should crack on with some of the collections and anthologies I have in print.Delete