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Books on the Nightstand

  • BOTNS #390: Hello… Oops!

    BOTNS #390: Hello… Oops!

    Sadly, we have come to the true end of Books on the Nightstand. Happily, this final episode is filled with bloopers!     Information on our special Two Dozen Books We Can’t Wait For You to Read Sweepstakes is available here. Be sure to enter now…
    - 7 Jul 16, 12:58pm -
  • BOTNS #389: All Good Things… Part Two

    BOTNS #389: All Good Things… Part Two

    A preview of fiction titles we’re looking forward to in the next nine months. _______________________________________________ Don’t Forget! Although this is the final “regular” episode of Books on the Nightstand, there will be an episode 390…
    - 28 Jun 16, 9:00pm -
  • BOTNS #388: All Good Things… Part One

    BOTNS #388: All Good Things… Part One

    A preview of non-fiction titles coming in the next eight months.   Information on our special Two Dozen Books We Can’t Wait For You to Read Sweepstakes is available here. Be sure to enter now! If you’d like to join the mailing list for possible…
    - 21 Jun 16, 1:24pm -
  • BOTNS #387: Podcasts to Keep Your Nightstand Full

    BOTNS #387: Podcasts to Keep Your Nightstand Full

    We recommend tons of podcasts, then rave about Anatomy of a Solder by Harry Parker, and The Girls by Emma Cline.   The Summer reading packet came home from Ann’s daughters’ school. In addition to reading David Copperfield, the students must cho…
    - 14 Jun 16, 5:10pm -
  • BOTNS #386: The Final Interrogation

    BOTNS #386: The Final Interrogation

    We answer your burning questions, and then recommend The Happiness Equation by Neil Pasricha, and Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi.   Thank you to everyone who sent us messages, tweets, comments, etc. about the ending of Books on the Nightstand. Though you a…
    - 7 Jun 16, 7:00pm -
  • BOTNS #385: Our final Booktopia Petoskey author talks

    BOTNS #385: Our final Booktopia Petoskey author talks

    Author talks from Booktopia Petoskey, including W. Bruce Cameron, Janis Cooke Newman, and Luis Alberto Urrea.   This week we have an amazing lineup of author talks from our final Booktopia event. These talks were recorded in September 2015 at the fa…
    - 31 May 16, 5:48pm -
  • BOTNS #384: The End and the Beginning

    BOTNS #384: The End and the Beginning

    A big announcement. The start of BOTNS Book Bingo. We recommend Everything is Teeth by Evie Wyld and Joe Sumner, and Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler.    Listen to the podcast for a big announcement about Books on the Nightstand!   Audiobook of the…
    - 24 May 16, 1:00pm -
  • BOTNS #383: Women in books and bookstores

    BOTNS #383: Women in books and bookstores

    Sad author news, a roundup of book news featuring girls and women, and two books we can’t wait for you to read.   Booklovers, especially Michael,  are mourning the passing of two authors that have touched many with their work. Katherine Dunn, aut…
    - 18 May 16, 4:31pm -
  • BOTNS #382: No Women Allowed?

    BOTNS #382: No Women Allowed?

    Misconstruing the Man Book Club, and we recommend Paper Girls by Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang, and Everybody’s Fool by Richard Russo.   Booktopia was this past weekend, and it was the first Booktopia not organized by us. Northshire Bookstore…
    - 10 May 16, 9:00pm -
  • BOTNS #381: One-sit wonders

    BOTNS #381: One-sit wonders

    So many books, in praise of novellas, and we recommend a new novella by Graham Swift and a novel that is the first in a new science-fiction trilogy. Audiobook of the week (03:12) Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes, performed by Santino Fontana, is my…
    - 3 May 16, 8:05pm -

Sabotage

Short Stories

  • Can You​ Write A Fractured Fairy Tale in 100 Words?

    Can You​ Write A Fractured Fairy Tale in 100 Words?

    Tuesday Scribes – Fractured Fairy Tales Welcome to this week’s ‘Tuesday Scribes’ writing prompts. As usual, our weekly challenge comes in two parts – first a black and white picture prompt and then a writing challenge to go with it. The Pic…
    - 2 days ago, 18 Sep 18, 1:41am -
  • Hint Fiction – A 25-Word Story For Tuesday Scribes

    Hint Fiction – A 25-Word Story For Tuesday Scribes

    WHERE ARE YOU DAD?   The message said I’d find my father on the other side of this door. Strange really.  I’m sure that’s not where I left his body. Mike Jackson
    - 8 days ago, 12 Sep 18, 9:13am -
  • Can You Write An Amazing Short Story In 25-Words or Less?

    Can You Write An Amazing Short Story In 25-Words or Less?

    Tuesday Scribes – Hint Fiction Welcome to this week’s ‘Tuesday Scribes’ writing prompts. As usual, our weekly challenge comes in two parts – first a black and white picture prompt and then a writing challenge to go with it. The Picture The…
    - 9 days ago, 11 Sep 18, 2:30am -
  • They’re Fighting Over Me

    They’re Fighting Over Me

    Writing Challenge This is Day 25 of my 30 Day Challenge. Today’s writing task is to write another ‘Drabble’. Day 25 – Another Drabble The divorce proceedings are finally over. The spoils of marriage equally divided. Now it’s just me they’…
    - 13 days ago, 7 Sep 18, 4:34am -
  • Soon Be Just The Two of Us

    Soon Be Just The Two of Us

    Writing Challenge This is Day 24 of my 30 Day Challenge. Today’s writing task is to write a postcard story Day 24 – A Postcard Story Mike Jackson
    - 14 days ago, 6 Sep 18, 4:27am -
  • The Judgement of Solomon

    The Judgement of Solomon

    Writing Challenge This is Day 23 of my 30 Day Challenge. Today’s writing task is to write another ‘Mini-Saga’ a story in 50-words. Day 23 – A Mini-Saga Fighting the urge to scream back I turned the handle to the crank again with as much vigou…
    - 15 days ago, 5 Sep 18, 4:17am -
  • It Was Too Late

    It Was Too Late

    Writing Challenge This is Day 22 of my 30 Day Challenge. Today’s writing task is to write a 25-word story. These are sometimes called hint fiction. Day 22 – 25-Word Sory She frantically switched off her phone. It was too late. The words had scram…
    - 16 days ago, 4 Sep 18, 3:00am -
  • Tuesday Scribes – Week 7

    Tuesday Scribes – Week 7

    Tuesday Scribes – Internal Monologue Welcome to week 7 of the Tuesday Scribes writing prompts. As usual, our weekly challenge comes in two parts – first a picture prompt and then a writing challenge to go with it. The Picture The Writing Challeng…
    - 16 days ago, 4 Sep 18, 2:00am -
  • I Didn’t Kill Him

    I Didn’t Kill Him

    Writing Challenge This is Day 17 of my 30 Day Challenge. Today’s writing task is to write another ‘Drabble’. Day 21 – A 75-word Story “Now Goldilocks, the truth, or we charge you.” “OK, I admit it was me who ate the porridge and I broke…
    - 17 days ago, 3 Sep 18, 4:35am -
  • The End Is Nigh

    The End Is Nigh

    Writing Challenge This is Day 20 of my 30 Day Challenge. Today’s writing task is to write a 33-word story. Day 20 – A 33-Word Story “Can he hear me, doctor?” “I’m afraid not Mrs Smith.” “So he doesn’t know I’m about to switch off…
    - 18 days ago, 2 Sep 18, 5:22am -

Short Story Writer

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    Thanks to Swanwick, I have been 'persuaded' by friends to start blogging again.As this old blog is cluttered with gloom and doom and tales of my past miseries, I am switching to another blog, so if you want to follow me, the address iswritingfictioni…
    - 16 Aug 14, 5:56am -
  • THE LAST POST
    This blog has run its course. The time has come to call it a day. Writing this blog has been enormously helpful to me. It’s kept me in touch with the world at times when I wanted to crawl into a hole and die. Time and again, I’ve been struck by…
    - 10 Oct 13, 5:24am -
  • My mind is all over the place
    I’m finding it very hard to focus at the moment. I could name all kinds of reasons – a lingering head cold, Louis who  keeps demanding my attention,  but this goes deeper than that. I’m worried because a man has shown an interest in me. How c…
    - 9 Oct 13, 5:24am -
  • Ready for a new start
    I went to see my homeopath yesterday and really enjoyed it. That probably sounds weird, but the fact is she’s such an upbeat lovely person, just talking to her, I felt better. She seems to think that this cold (yes, I still have it) is a good sign…
    - 8 Oct 13, 5:39am -
  • The dog has teeth

    The dog has teeth

    The sun is shining. The workshop for next Saturday is planned, the handouts printed. I have no Writers Bureau work to do. Time to think about what to enter for Leeds Writers Circle short story competition. I haven’t been writing much new stuff late…
    - 5 Oct 13, 6:35am -
  • Blast this cold

    Blast this cold

    For more than a week, I’ve been fighting a bad cold. It’s so annoying how something so simple and trivial can cause so much annoyance. I guess it will clear up, eventually, but right now, the end is definitely not in sight. The weather’s misera…
    - 4 Oct 13, 4:28am -
  • It's a dog's life

    It's a dog's life

    Life is full of good and bad. It’s up to us which we focus on. Right now I have a really awful terrible miserable cold and I feel really low, physically but I know it will pass. I also have Louis here for his last visit. I love that dog and I’m…
    - 1 Oct 13, 5:02am -
  • All alone and feeling sorry for myself
    It’s a truth universally acknowledged that there’s very little worse than being on your own and having a bad cold. I feel like **** today. What I really really want is somebody to wait on me hand and foot, mop my fevered brow, make me lemon tea a…
    - 1 Oct 13, 4:57am -
  • PLOM
    Why does it feel so bad? All I’ve got is a cold! Still at least the sun is shining. I decided not to go to the BBQ. Not only do I feel bad, I look ghastly too, plus I’d feel terrible if I passed on my germs. Mind you that didn’t stop my ex as h…
    - 28 Sep 13, 11:08am -
  • Frustration rules
    Having made the decision to end the part time work I was doing, I’m now feeling increasingly frustrated.  I’ve had to give notice. I’m not the kind of person who just stops, that wouldn’t meet my ‘be fair to everyone’ syndrome. So now, I…
    - 25 Sep 13, 5:39am -

Stupefying Stories

  • SHOWCASE: “Ann’s Golem,” by Clive Tern

    SHOWCASE: “Ann’s Golem,” by Clive Tern

    The idea of a golem was Reynold’s. He knew a few families in Golders Green who used them. It made things like shopping so much easier, especially since the Russians started dropping their little exploding machines. The way the tiny automatons walke…
    - 4 days ago, 15 Sep 18, 1:01pm -
  • SHOWCASE: “Korba’s Revenge,” by Preston Dennett

    SHOWCASE: “Korba’s Revenge,” by Preston Dennett

    Though he was far from the arena, Korba could already hear the sounds of the festival: the piercing shouts of the hawkers, the hiss and clunk of the machines, the chatter of the crowd as everyone speculated about who would win the battle of the beast…
    - 11 days ago, 8 Sep 18, 6:32pm -
  • SHOWCASE: “Serial Adventures in the Tropeosphere,”by David A. Gray

    SHOWCASE: “Serial Adventures in the Tropeosphere,”by David A. Gray

    Nota Bene: I know I said that the introduction to last week’s SHOWCASE story, “The Moshe 12000,” was an exception, but—well, here we go again.TO: David A. GrayFROM: Stupefying StoriesDATE: 07/24/2018RE: Submission 1806173, “Serial Adventure…
    - 18 days ago, 1 Sep 18, 12:22pm -
  • Talking Shop

    Talking Shop

    Op-ed: “How to Write Heroes: An Incomplete Primer” • by Auston HabershawPreviously: “How to Write a Good Bad Guy”Okay, so the first thing to keep in mind here is that the idea of what makes a “hero” is enormous and varied and in most ca…
    - 18 days ago, 1 Sep 18, 12:20pm -
  • SHOWCASE: “The New Herd,” by Lilliana Rose

    SHOWCASE: “The New Herd,” by Lilliana Rose

    The new herd of cows had arrived for milking, white skin gleaming in the sunlight as they were ushered from the transport ship. They walked as if their udders were tight with gold. But they refused to be touched. Maybe they were a little skittish fro…
    - 18 days ago, 1 Sep 18, 12:19pm -
  • SHOWCASE: “The Very Last Time I Will Ever Have Sex with a Tree,” by Nathan Cromwell

    SHOWCASE: “The Very Last Time I Will Ever Have Sex with a Tree,” by Nathan Cromwell

    How, you might wonder, did I end up in a public park with my pants around my ankles and my—er, parts—pinched inside a tree? Long story short, I met a brunette at Retox, she was hot and I was tipsy, and I didn’t check her I.D. Even sober I hate…
    - 18 days ago, 1 Sep 18, 12:17pm -
  • Family Matters • by Bruce Bethke

    Family Matters • by Bruce Bethke

    Nota bene: This is the introduction George Scithers wrote 36 years ago for the original magazine publication of “Cyberpunk” in Amazing Stories. Please read it closely.I no longer remember the name of the con. It was somewhere between 25 and 30 ye…
    - 18 days ago, 1 Sep 18, 12:16pm -
  • SHOWCASE: “Amenities,” by Susan Taitel

    SHOWCASE: “Amenities,” by Susan Taitel

    Piper never could say how she found her apartment. She’d been on her way to see a room a little over her budget and further from campus than she was hoping for. Nevertheless, she couldn’t bear another year in the dorm, with its industrial lightin…
    - 19 days ago, 1 Sep 18, 11:30am -
  • Rave Review for Issue #21!

    Rave Review for Issue #21!

    I have no idea who this person is, but I love this review of Stupefying Stories #21 on Hamilcar’s Books. Rather than quote too much of it, I’ll just quote my favorite part:“All of the tales are well-structured and well-written. I was pleasantly…
    - 20 days ago, 31 Aug 18, 10:10am -
  • It’s another Free eBook Friday!

    It’s another Free eBook Friday!

    In recognition of WorldCon 2018, the 8th Anniversary of the original launch of STUPEFYING STORIES, and any other excuse special occasion we’re sure to think of if we just keep vamping long enough, Rampant Loon Press is excited to announce that begi…
    - 33 days ago, 18 Aug 18, 10:51am -

The Short Review

  • Review: Denis Johnson, Largesse of the Sea Maiden

    Review: Denis Johnson, Largesse of the Sea Maiden

    Largesse of the Sea Maiden by Denis Johnson Published by Random House, January 2018 Reviewed by Gurnaik Johal “It’s plain to you that at the time I write this, I’m … Continue reading →
    - 71 days ago, 10 Jul 18, 3:05pm -
  • Review: Greetings, Hero

    Review: Greetings, Hero

    Greetings, Hero by Aiden O’Reilly Published by Honest Publishing, November 2014 Reviewed by Cath Barton “I ran my fingers across the rough chisel cuts, trying to achieve a closer contact. The … Continue reading →
    - 4 Dec 17, 7:25am -
  • Review: Worlds from the Word’s End by Joanna Walsh

    Review: Worlds from the Word’s End by Joanna Walsh

    And Other Stories published 7 September 2017 Reviewed by Cath Barton “As for the rest of us, words still visited sometimes: spork, ostrich, windjammer… We wondered where they had come from, what … Continue reading →
    - 21 Aug 17, 2:01pm -
  • Best European Fiction 2015: Review

    Best European Fiction 2015: Review

    Preface by Enrique Vila-Matas Dalkey Archive 2014 Reviewed by Aiden O’Reilly Let’s not quibble with the “Best” in the title. This is a fascinating glimpse into contemporary fiction across Europe. An anthology … Continue reading →
    - 15 Jun 16, 10:38am -
  • Used to Be by Elizabeth Baines. Review

    Used to Be by Elizabeth Baines. Review

    Used to Be by Elizabeth Baines Salt Publishing 2015 Reviewed by Cath Barton “I used to believe in plots, but they’re too insistent and simple; there’s no such thing as a single … Continue reading →
    - 2 May 16, 10:02am -
  • SHORT: An International Anthology of Five Centuries of Short-Short Stories, Prose Poems, Brief Essays, & Other Short Prose Forms. Review

    SHORT: An International Anthology of Five Centuries of Short-Short Stories, Prose Poems, Brief Essays, & Other Short Prose Forms. Review

    Alan Ziegler, editor. Alan Ziegler is professor of Writing and Director of Pedagogy at Columbia University’s school of Arts. Author of Love at First Sight, The Swan Song of Vauderville, … Continue reading →
    - 27 Oct 15, 10:18am -
  • Review: The Trouble with Flying and other stories, edited by Richard Rossiter with Susan Midalia

    Review: The Trouble with Flying and other stories, edited by Richard Rossiter with Susan Midalia

    The Trouble with Flying and other stories Edited by Richard Rossiter with Susan Midalia Contributing authors: Claire Aman, Rosie Barter, Leanne Browning, Linda Brucesmith, Peter Curry, Lauren Foley, Kathy George, Paulette … Continue reading →
    - 22 Jul 15, 9:22am -
  • Selected Stories by Kjell Askildsen

    Selected Stories by Kjell Askildsen

    Selected Stories by Kell Askildsen Translated by Sean Kinsella Dalkey Archive, 2014 Reviewed by Aiden O’Reilly “The sun was nearing the mountains in the west; a haze lingered over the town, and … Continue reading →
    - 20 Feb 15, 7:34am -
  • Q&A with Daniela I. Norris

    Q&A with Daniela I. Norris

    Q&A with Daniela I. Norris author of Collecting Feathers, reviewed by Cath Barton About the author: Daniela I. Norris, a former diplomat turned political writer – and with 
age and wisdom – inspirational … Continue reading →
    - 5 Feb 15, 11:09am -
  • Collecting Feathers by Daniela I. Norris: Review

    Collecting Feathers by Daniela I. Norris: Review

    Collecting Feathers by Daniela I. Norris Soul Rock Books, 2014 Reviewed by Cath Barton “I had a job passed down from mother to daughter in my family for at least three generations. It … Continue reading →
    - 16 Dec 14, 8:57am -
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