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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

  • newThis Way to Departures by Linda Mannheim

    This Way to Departures by Linda Mannheim

    —Reviewed by Sam Edwards— You might have noticed that the world’s been turned on its head. Everyone’s scared, myself included.
    - 7 hours ago, 30 Nov 20, 6:10pm -
  • Tenter by Susie Campbell, illustrated by Rose Ferraby
    -Reviewed by Stephen Payne- A tenter is a person who stretches cloth, or the framework on which the fabric is
    - 15 days ago, 16 Nov 20, 12:04pm -
  • Requiem by Siofra McSherry
    -Reviewed by Grace Atkinson- Written in memory of her mother, who died of motor neurone disease in 2012, Siofra McSherry’s Requiem guides
    - 15 days ago, 16 Nov 20, 11:53am -
  • Saboteur Awards Festival 2021: The pandemic edition
    After the unexpected changes to the Saboteur Awards Festival 2020, a lot of thought has gone into how the 2021 festival might look...
    - 39 days ago, 23 Oct 20, 7:30am -
  • Firing Pins by Jo Young
    -Reviewed by Fiona Moore- A reviewer couldn’t make a better start than by quoting the author’s own introduction to Firing
    - 56 days ago, 6 Oct 20, 7:53am -
  • Jolts by Fernando Sdriggoti

    Jolts by Fernando Sdriggoti

    –Reviewed by Trahearne Falvey– A few pages into ‘A Barbecue and an Exhumation in Victoria Park Village’, the centrepiece of
    - 65 days ago, 27 Sep 20, 7:20am -
  • Room by Sarah James
    -Reviewed by Harry Buckoke- Sarah James’ “multi-media poetry narrative” draws elements from early text adventure video games, horror films and
    - 69 days ago, 23 Sep 20, 12:18pm -
  • Menagerie by Cheryl Pearson
    -Reviewed by Alice Allen- The opening poem in Sheryl Pearson’s astonishing pamphlet of meditations on animals invites the reader to
    - 75 days ago, 17 Sep 20, 9:18am -
  • An Inheritance by Diane Simmons

    An Inheritance by Diane Simmons

    –Reviewed by Mikiko Fukuda– Diane Simmons expertly uses flash fiction pieces to capture the complexities one family experiences over four
    - 89 days ago, 2 Sep 20, 4:52pm -
  • Spoken Word Playlist #4: ‘Mountain’ by Jet Sweeney
    – Written by Hannah Ledlie – I suspect Jet Sweeney’s ‘Mountain’ might be a marmite poem.  To test this theory
    - 95 days ago, 28 Aug 20, 8:15am -

Short Stories

  • Poor Malcolm

    Poor Malcolm

    Maureen put on a histrionic display of grief at her husband’s funeral. Nobody present would have guessed how much she actually hated Malcolm. Arranging to have him killed had taken time and a lot of research and hadn’t been cheap, but she felt it…
    - 2 days ago, 29 Nov 20, 7:43am -
  • I’m Going To Kill Him!

    I’m Going To Kill Him!

    I ask him to do one simple thing and he makes a mess of it. What makes it worse is it’s his fault I’m here. I’ve lost count of the times I’ve asked him to not leave bits of his motorbike lying around on the kitchen floor. He tells me it was a…
    - 5 days ago, 26 Nov 20, 10:39am -
  • The Wednesday Prompt #26 – Six-Sentence Stories

    The Wednesday Prompt #26 – Six-Sentence Stories

    Can you write a story in just six sentences? Every Wednesday I am going to put a word prompt up and the challenge is to use that word somewhere in your six sentence story. Today’s word is… WHEEZY You can then share your story by leaving a link be…
    - 34 days ago, 28 Oct 20, 5:07am -
  • The Wednesday Prompt #25 – Six-Sentence Stories

    The Wednesday Prompt #25 – Six-Sentence Stories

    Can you write a story in just six sentences? Every Wednesday I am going to put a word prompt up and the challenge is to use that word somewhere in your six sentence story. Today’s word is… BEANPOLE You can then share your story by leaving a link…
    - 41 days ago, 21 Oct 20, 4:04am -
  • The Wednesday Prompt #24 – Six-Sentence Stories

    The Wednesday Prompt #24 – Six-Sentence Stories

    Can you write a story in just six sentences? Every Wednesday I am going to put a word prompt up and the challenge is to use that word somewhere in your six sentence story. Today’s word is… SHAM You can then share your story by leaving a link belo…
    - 48 days ago, 14 Oct 20, 4:00am -
  • The Wednesday Prompt #23 – Six-Sentence Stories

    The Wednesday Prompt #23 – Six-Sentence Stories

    Can you write a story in just six sentences? Every Wednesday I am going to put a word prompt up and the challenge is to use that word somewhere in your six sentence story. Today’s word is… WAVE You can then share your story by leaving a link belo…
    - 55 days ago, 7 Oct 20, 4:56am -
  • The Wednesday Prompt #22 – Six-Sentence Story

    The Wednesday Prompt #22 – Six-Sentence Story

    Can you write a story in just six sentences? Every Wednesday I am going to put a word prompt up and the challenge is to use that word somewhere in your six sentence story. Today’s word is… DISCLOSURE You can then share your story by leaving a lin…
    - 62 days ago, 30 Sep 20, 9:33am -
  • The Wednesday Prompt #21 – Six-Sentence Story

    The Wednesday Prompt #21 – Six-Sentence Story

    Can you write a story in just six sentences? Every Wednesday I am going to put a word prompt up and the challenge is to use that word somewhere in your six sentence story. Today’s word is… BOTCH You can then share your story by leaving a link bel…
    - 69 days ago, 23 Sep 20, 4:00am -
  • The Wednesday Prompt #20 – Six Sentence Story

    The Wednesday Prompt #20 – Six Sentence Story

    Can you write a story in just six sentences? Every Wednesday I am going to put a word prompt up and the challenge is to use that word somewhere in your six sentence story. Today’s word is… SIZZLING You can then share your story by leaving a link…
    - 76 days ago, 16 Sep 20, 4:00am -
  • The Wednesday Prompt #19 – Six-Sentence Story

    The Wednesday Prompt #19 – Six-Sentence Story

    Can you write a story in just six sentences? Every Wednesday I am going to put a word prompt up and the challenge is to use that word somewhere in your six sentence story. Today’s word is… SKETCHY You can then share your story by leaving a link b…
    - 83 days ago, 9 Sep 20, 4:00am -

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

  • Stupefying Stories #23 • T-Minus 7 Days

    Stupefying Stories #23 • T-Minus 7 Days

     ILLUSTRATION: JEANNE KOSFELD ©2020 Today’s featured author is Terry Faust, another author returning to our pages, and his contribution to Stupefying Stories #23 is “The Secret of Erin Stewart,” a mystery/police procedural story that should…
    - 7 days ago, 23 Nov 20, 1:00pm -
  • Stupefying Stories #23 • T-Minus 8 Days

    Stupefying Stories #23 • T-Minus 8 Days

     Today’s featured author is Karl Dandenell. Karl is a relative newcomer to Stupefying Stories with his one previous appearance in our pages being the decidedly cyberpunkish story, “The Carpetbagger’s Ball,” in SHOWCASE #1. For his contributi…
    - 8 days ago, 22 Nov 20, 1:56pm -
  • Stupefying Stories #23 • T-Minus 9 Days

    Stupefying Stories #23 • T-Minus 9 Days

     Today’s featured author is Julie Frost, and the story she’ll have in #23 is “Woe to the Hand,” another of her wonderfully well-written stories of werewolves, vampires, pack dynamics (note the clever way I worked in the link to her highly ac…
    - 10 days ago, 21 Nov 20, 12:00pm -
  • Stupefying Stories #23 • T-Minus 10 Days

    Stupefying Stories #23 • T-Minus 10 Days

     Okay, we didn’t hit the target date of 11/15, but I’m pleased to report that we’re now on a solid track to release Stupefying Stories #23 on Monday, 11/30. The process of copy-editing and quilting together this issue has proven quite a bit st…
    - 10 days ago, 20 Nov 20, 1:19pm -
  • The Return of The Son of The Friday Challenge's Old College Roommate!
    This came up first on Facebook, but after thinking about it a bit longer I decided to put it out here for all to see. This grew out of a discussion of that classic 1956 sci-fi movie, FORBIDDEN PLANET, and how while it was a beautiful film, it somehow…
    - 17 days ago, 13 Nov 20, 3:36pm -
  • Ultimate Geek Fu (Reprise) • by Bruce Bethke

    Ultimate Geek Fu (Reprise) • by Bruce Bethke

    A tip of the propellor beanie to old friend Arlan Andrews, for accidentally reminding me that I wrote this for our old Friday Challenge site, damn near ten years ago. It remains as relevant as ever today. Without further ado, then...Ultimate Geek Fu:…
    - 18 days ago, 12 Nov 20, 8:34pm -
  • Writing as a Newborn 9th Gendered Polyoriented Alien Wizard • by Guy Stewart
    “Samther-Esuel was lucky this world had similar pronouns to the nine he was used to. His current fetish was to be called by a masculine pronoun to go with his nickname, Esam .“He’d been long-gone, reveling in ‘amispringa’ when he got word t…
    - 19 days ago, 12 Nov 20, 9:27am -
  • Armistice Day 2020

    Armistice Day 2020

    I sat down to write a column this morning, and the words flowed so easily it began to seem as if I’d written them all before—so I did a quick search, and found that yes, I had. With no apologies, then, here is my Armistice Day column from two yea…
    - 20 days ago, 11 Nov 20, 10:26am -
  • No Blog Post This Morning

    No Blog Post This Morning

     No blog post this morning; I’m busy with copy-editing and book production stuff. However, it is becoming obvious that we have some gaps in our in-house skill set and need to get help in certain areas.Watch for “Help Wanted” post to go up late…
    - 22 days ago, 9 Nov 20, 9:43am -
  • Congratulations!

    Congratulations!

    To Clancy Weeks, for “State of Grace” in the current issue of Analog. Longtime friends and fans of Stupefying Stories will remember his cover story, “Zombie Like Me,” in Stupefying Stories 20 (January 2018), which yes, you can still buy!Obser…
    - 22 days ago, 8 Nov 20, 1:03pm -

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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