A short story a day review

Category: Fantasy

“The Safe Road” by Caroline M. Yoachim

by kattomic

caroline yoachim“The Safe Road” by Caroline M. Yoachim


Story 362/366

Yoachim is a photographer as well as a writer. “The Safe Road” is about stepping off the path of destruction and is beautifully written. It appears on the Daily SF site. You can read it here. Read more of her writing on her website.

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“Seven Smiles and Seven Frowns” by Richard Bowes

by kattomic

richard bowes 365“Seven Smiles and Seven Frowns” by Richard Bowes


Story 361/366

Bowes is a much-honored writer of sf and speculative fiction. This is a fairy tale with multiple versions and each with a different meaning. You can learnĀ  more about Bowes on his official site. You can read this story on the Lightspeed site.

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“A Wife of Acorn, Leaf and Rain” by Dave Smeds

by kattomic

dave smeds 365“A Wife of Acorn, Leaf and Rain” by Dave Smeds


Story 359e/366

I did not know Smeds’ work before I read this story in Sirens and Other Demon Lovers (edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling). It is a tale of longing, of a bereaved man who seeks solace in a substitute and discovers it’s not enough.

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“Throwing Stones” by Mishell Baker

by kattomic

mishell baker“Throwing Stones” by Mishell Baker


Story 359b/366

Baker is a graduate of the Clarion Workshop and her time there was obviously well spent. “Throwing Stones” is a tale of gender and goblins and she sucks the reader into her world without seeming to try. She is at work on a novel set in this world. It’ll definitely be worth reading. This story appears on the Beneath Ceaseless Skies site.

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“The Dragon Rock” by Ellena Ashley

by kattomic

“The Dragon Rock” by Ellena Ashley


Story 329/366

This is a lovely little fairy tale of a story that reads as if it were meant to be read aloud at story time. You can read this story at East of the Web.

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“Dragon Time” by Ruth Nestvold

by kattomic

“Dragon Time” by Ruth Nestvold


Story 316/366

I don’t know Mestvold’s work but I loved this story about the magic of time and love.This story appears in Dragon Time and Other Stories. I picked it up for the kindle on a promotion, but it’s only $1.99 at full price.

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“The Suicide’s Guide to the Absinthe of Perdition” by Megan Arkenberg

by kattomic

“The Suicide’s Guide to the Absinthe of Perdition” by Megan Arkenberg


Story 309/366

This is a fabulous story in the old sense of the word “fabulous.” It is full of lush wordplay that reminds me a lot of Tanith Lee. This story appears on the Lightspeed site. Read more about Megan on her blog, Bitter Irony.

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“Big Me” by Dan Chaon

by kattomic

“Big Me” by Dan Chaon


Story 301/366

This story was a delightful surprise. I tend to associate journals like Gettysburg Review with a particular kind of lit fic and this is an urban fantasy who writes diary entries aimed at his future self–Big Me. This story appears on the Gettysburg Review site.

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Slurp! by L. K. Rigel

by Barb Goffman


From the anthology Deadly Treats (Nodin Press, 2011)

An author with a very demanding muse will do anything to please it.

The Ogre of Her Dreams by Marilyn Victor

by Barb Goffman


From the anthology Deadly Treats, edited by Anne Frasier (Nodin Press, 2011)

A young, impatient witch blackmails one of her teachers into creating a potion to give the young witch the man of her dreams. A cautionary tale about the importance of reading the fine print.