Story of the Month – “Forgetting”

“Forgetting” by Lucy A. Snyder has been the ultimate Story of the Month for me.  I read it several years ago either as a link from her web site or a story on her site.  It’s the melancholy tone that’s stayed with me.  The story has five characters – daughter, mom, dad, dog and chicken.  It’s… Continue reading Story of the Month – “Forgetting”

Story of the Month – “Alice After the Mall”

I came across “Alice After the Mall” by John Jasper Owens shortly after it was published in Every Day Fiction.  There are many good things about it but it’s the ending I keep thinking about. The first paragraph lets the reader know where Alice is and why she’s at the mall.  It sets up the… Continue reading Story of the Month – “Alice After the Mall”

Story of the Month – “Salvation’s Children” by Christopher Hivner

This is a special story of the month because it fits in with Father’s Day.  Over a year ago I reviewed The Spaces Between Your Screams by Christopher Hivner for Niteblade.  One of the standout stories for me was “Salvation’s Children” in which a father confronts a vampire for exacting revenge upon his family. Owen is… Continue reading Story of the Month – “Salvation’s Children” by Christopher Hivner

Story of the Month – “Dragon Snot and Chosen Ones”

This month’s highlighted story is “Dragon Snot and Chosen Ones” by Therese Arkenberg.  It’s in the first issue of Untied Shoelaces of the Mind.  Arkenberg’s story is one I read a few weeks ago.  I knew it was a story worth sharing when I found myself telling my husband about it.  It’s humor with a… Continue reading Story of the Month – “Dragon Snot and Chosen Ones”

Story of the Month – “Body At The Beach”

Christine A. Kirchoff’s “Body At The Beach” in Short Story Library is a prime example of flash fiction with a twist.  Not all flash fiction will contain a twist at the end but the twist can make the piece memorable. This twist (and especially so in “A Girls Pleasure“) is the equivalent of watching two characters in a… Continue reading Story of the Month – “Body At The Beach”

Story of the Month – “The New York Times at Special Bargain Rates”

It’s easy to pigeonhole some authors by the genre or format of their work.  Stephen King is not one of them.  His work has been published in print, e-book, comic book and multimedia forms.  He can write horror, mystery, non-fiction, short stories and novels.  And yes… he’s even working on a musical with John Mellencamp. … Continue reading Story of the Month – “The New York Times at Special Bargain Rates”