A short story a day review

Month: June, 2012

Blood Washes Off by Michael Connelly

by Barb Goffman

153/366

From the anthology The Rich and the Dead (Grand Central Publishing, 2011)

In this story, Connelly’s Detective Harry Bosch interviews a woman whose husband was shot. The whole story is written as an interview, back and forth questions and answers. A good read, especially for anyone who likes police procedurals.

Addicted to Sweetness by Lee Child

by Barb Goffman

152/366

From the anthology The Rich and the Dead (Grand Central Publishing, 2011)

A man doesn’t become an extremely rich and powerful drug lord by letting someone steal from him, even just a little bit.

Kiddieland by Tim Chapman

by Barb Goffman

151/366

From the anthology The Rich and the Dead (Grand Central Publishing, 2011)

Every parent who thinks they’ve successfully shielded their kid from adult matters, who remembers their own childhoods idyllically, should read this story. Because evil can exist even in children. And the kid your child is playing with could be the one person you’d definitely want to shield him from, if only you knew.

A very good story. The pages flew. Not for the extremely squeamish.

“the Last Song You Hear” by David J. Schow

by kattomic

“The Last Song You Hear” by David J. Schow

6.28.12

Story 178/366

I mostly know David J. Schow as a splatterpunk writer so this story—a love story—took me totally by surprise. It’s Schow in a tender mood and it’s a good story. you can read it here on the Subterranean Press site.

See  you tomorrow!

The Hotel Room Murder by J. P. Seewald

by Barb Goffman

150/366

From the June 2012 issue of the Over My Dead Body ezine. Find the story here.

An arms dealer is murdered inside his hotel room. When he’s found, the door’s been locked from the inside leaving the police puzzled.

The Sadowsky Manifesto by Karen Catalona

by Barb Goffman

149/366

From the anthology The Rich and the Dead (Grand Central Publishing, 2011)

Every writer’s nightmare comes true. You send your manuscript off to an agent, and the agent steals it.

A good read.

Thank God for Charlie by Peter Blauner

by Barb Goffman

148/366

From the anthology The Rich and the Dead (Grand Central Publishing, 2011)

A past-her-prime former TV star ends up starring in the role of her life when she goes undercover for the feds. But life, like Hollywood, can be cruel. An enjoyable read with a good ending.

In the Wee Hours by John M. Floyd

by Barb Goffman

147/366

From the April 2012 e-zine Over My Dead Body. This story can be found here.

John Floyd is such a good writer, it’s always delightful to learn he’s found another outlet for his work. He had a story in the March edition of this e-zine as well as this story from the April issue. I hope more will come.

In this story, the author continues his new Mythic Heights series involving fairy tale characters. In this tale, a woodsman stops in a diner, looking for a Mr. Wolfe, who he learns is on his way to his grandmother’s house.

Mythic Heights by John M. Floyd

by Barb Goffman

146/366

From the March 2012 e-zine Over My Dead Body. This story can be found here.

The author makes use of some characters nearly everyone will recognize from children’s stories. In this case, a couple go up a hill to get some water, and then they fall and die. Was it a simple accident or something more sinister?

“Storm’s Spawn” by Ann Gimpel

by kattomic

“Storm’s Spawn” by Ann Gimpel

6.27.12

Story 177/366

In addition to being a writer of fantasy with anecological twist, Gimpel is a clinical psychologist.  This story, a love story that takes place during a snow storm as fell creatures roam the darkness, draws on archetypal fairy tales. One thing drove me crazy about the story, though, and that was the naming conventions. Some characters had Welsh names and others sounded like contemporary Americans and yet another had a German name.

“Storm Spawn” appears on the Luna Station Quarterly site.

See you tomorrow!