A Short Story a Day

I’m not entirely sure where I saw this idea but it has been percolating in my head for a while now, as well as my regular reading I’m going to be trying to read a short story a day in 2019.

I’ve always enjoyed science fiction and fantasy short stories, they have always been integral to the genres with lots of famous writers getting their breaks from short story magazines.

Again, ghost and horror short stories are very common and I’ve read a lot of those over the years.

As well as these usual genres I want to expand into others through 2019.

I will be listing the stories I’ve read here with a short review/description along with where to find it.

January 2018

  1. On The Embankment by Hugh E. Wright
    A ghost story from the early 20th century, recently republished in Glimpses of the Unknown: Lost Ghost Stories. A nice little classic ghost story, short but sweet, all about not being able to kick a habit.

  2. Strange Comfort Afforded By The Profession by Malcolm Lowry
    A poet explores the house of Keat’s in Rome and asks questions of the links with Poe and their own being, looking at whether or not poets are the same now as prior to Poe and Keats.

  3. Eagle’s Beak and Wings of Bronze by Deborah Wheeler
    Dragons, Griffins, were- creatures and a good dose of humour.

  4. Softly Spoke the Gabbleduck by Neal Asher
    Set in the Polity universe, love Neal Asher’s writing, the hunters become the hunted, by an almost mythical beast.

  5. The Sisters by James Joyce
    Full of things unsaid, my first dabble into James Joyce was almost a poem, really enjoyed it.

  6. The Savage Angela in: The Beast in the Tunnels by John Langan
    From the collection ‘Swords v. Cthulhu’, an enigmatic Sword&Sorcery story, with the feeling of a series, very pulp.

  7. Illusion by Jean Rhys
    An exploration of repressed and hidden desires, descriptive and restrained.

  8. The Small Herdsman by Eona Macnicol
    Well that snuck up on me and made me cry, the first story in a collection I’ve had floating around unopened since ’97.

  9. Top Ten Tips for Time Travellers by Charles Yu
    A slightly humorous tip list.

  10. Fixing Hanover by Jeff VanderMeer
    An escaped engineer, airships, a ravenous empire, and a robot. Good start to a Steampunk anthology.

  11. How I Lost Eleven Stone and Found Love by Ian Creasey
    A strange tale of weight loss, an alien pet, and love.

  12. Andretto Walks the King’s Way by Forrest Aguirre
    Written in snippets exploring the spread of the plague through a castle from multiple view points.

  13. Soloist by Willie Witt
    A lovely little story, won’t spoil it.

  14. The Old Nurse’s Story by Elizabeth Gaskell
    A traditional gothic ghost story, the form of writing made it hard going but a classic.

  15. Johnny Mnemonic by Wiliam Gibson
    Our first outing with one of my favourite Gibson characters, Molly. Oh and ignore the film loosely based on this.

  16. Hooves and the Hovel of Abdel Jameela by Saladin Ahmed
    A tale of demons/ghouls and true love in the desert.

  17. Last Seen by Amanda le Bas de Plumetot
    A beautiful story of loss and technological development.