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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

  • Daddy

    Daddy

    I wonder if I’ll recognise him. It was 20 years ago. Went off with the barmaid from the Red Lion. Or at least that’s what
    - 4 days ago, 20 Jun 19, 12:47pm -
  • The Battleground

    The Battleground

    I’m not surprised it should end here. This has always been the hub of our home. Evening meals as a family, the kids covering the
    - 13 days ago, 12 Jun 19, 6:37am -
  • Where Are You?

    Where Are You?

    A 100-word story for this week’s photo prompt at Friday Fictioneers. I remember it as though it happened yesterday. It was my seventh birthday and
    - 33 days ago, 22 May 19, 11:33am -
  • Olympic Standard

    Olympic Standard

    Gave it all up when I was fourteen. Nobody could understand why. I simply reacted like any teenager. Scowled a lot. Said it was boring
    - 40 days ago, 15 May 19, 11:02am -
  • Time To Talk

    Time To Talk

    “Is this where you left him?” “Yes, boss. In a hole just to the right of those deserted buildings. He thought he was being buried
    - 48 days ago, 8 May 19, 6:31am -
  • Parts Missing

    Parts Missing

    The large crate arrived early this afternoon, sooner than I’d expected. The fellow who delivered it, a miserable looking individual, moaned like hell because of
    - 50 days ago, 5 May 19, 10:41am -
  • It’s Not Your Time

    It’s Not Your Time

    “Name and date of birth please, sir.” “Michael Peter Jones, 21st March 1962” “And when did you die Mr Jones?” “Sometime this morning, I think.
    - 54 days ago, 1 May 19, 10:12am -
  • The Clock On The Mantelpiece

    The Clock On The Mantelpiece

    My fingers wrap around the stone in my pocket, your sticky blood still warm to the touch. I was going to throw it in the
    - 56 days ago, 30 Apr 19, 5:04am -
  • The Never Ending Journey

    The Never Ending Journey

    The empty tram trundled along the deserted tracks, sticking rigidly to an irrelevant timetable. At each stop a mechanical voice would tell you where you
    - 56 days ago, 29 Apr 19, 9:09am -
  • Daddy’s Watching You

    Daddy’s Watching You

    This was not the most salubrious establishment in town. The note on the window told you it’s owners were shadowy characters, not open to complaints.
    - 56 days ago, 29 Apr 19, 8:55am -

Short Story Writer

  • Untitled
    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

  • Discovered entirely by accident...

    Discovered entirely by accident...

    ...while trying to figure out why we can’t sell print books in Australia:1. That Stupefying Stories #1 is now a valuable collector’s item selling for a ridiculous amount of money.Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LP7K1BO(Psst. We still have a cr…
    - 12 days ago, 12 Jun 19, 9:27pm -
  • Submissions and Slush Pile Update #3

    Submissions and Slush Pile Update #3

    Six weeks into our 2019 reading period, we’ve settled down to a pretty consistent average of seven new submissions daily. Of these—• 60% are first-round no-comment rejects, for any of a number of reasons.• 10% are set aside waiting for me to…
    - 13 days ago, 11 Jun 19, 10:43am -
  • Submissions and Slush Pile Update #1

    Submissions and Slush Pile Update #1

    Two weeks into our 2019 reading period, things are going about as expected. At the present daily rate we should receive between 250 and 300 new submissions this month. Of these stories, statistically, we’ll be able to buy and publish about 15. Thes…
    - 33 days ago, 22 May 19, 11:44am -
  • Submissions and Slush Pile Update #2

    Submissions and Slush Pile Update #2

    Three weeks into our 2019 reading period, things seem to be progressing nicely. Submissions slowed for a few days but then returned to their normal pace, and we’re still on-track to receive between 200 and 250 new stories this month. I’m pleased…
    - 33 days ago, 22 May 19, 11:43am -
  • It’s like déjà vu all over again.

    It’s like déjà vu all over again.

    Funny, how fast things can change. Thursday morning everything was more or less under control and we were moving forward. Friday morning I woke up, poured myself a cup of coffee, opened up my laptop, checked my email—and wham. This.HP Enterprise to…
    - 35 days ago, 20 May 19, 10:41am -
  • DemiCon 30 • After Action Report

    DemiCon 30 • After Action Report

    We’re finally (mostly) recovered from spending the weekend at DemiCon 30, the Des Moines SF/F convention. This was sort of a trial run for us. Karen and I have been off the con circuit for quite a few years and are now beginning to ease back into i…
    - 48 days ago, 7 May 19, 12:17pm -
  • Re Submissions
    Here’s one more thing we’ll be adding to the Submission Guidelines ASAP:Please do not send email with HUGE (multi-megabyte) attachments to our submissions email inbox. Such submissions just overflow the inbox, clog up the pipes, and end up being…
    - 49 days ago, 6 May 19, 12:04pm -
  • SHOWCASE • “Market Futures,” by M. Ian Bell

    SHOWCASE • “Market Futures,” by M. Ian Bell

    —Part One—Nielson stepped into the doorway beneath the light of ten carefully positioned mag-lamps. The intensity drove spikes of pain into her eyes, but it came too with a sense of relief. A well-lit scene with the astringent taste of iron in th…
    - 55 days ago, 30 Apr 19, 3:21pm -
  • SHOWCASE • “Market Futures,” by M. Ian Bell

    SHOWCASE • “Market Futures,” by M. Ian Bell

    —Part Two—Previously, in Part OneTwo murder victims: a depraved old artist and a promising young schoolteacher. Plenty of people with motive to kill the former but not the opportunity, but not one person with a grudge against the latter. Somethin…
    - 55 days ago, 30 Apr 19, 3:20pm -
  • Untitled

    As criteria go, this is not a bad one to embrace. 
    - 55 days ago, 30 Apr 19, 3:16pm -

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 →
    - 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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