Adult Fiction · Writing

Review: Seven Men by Max Beerbohm

I’m picky about short stories. They have to be truly amazing for me to care at all. Where worldbuilding or a few interesting characters might get me through a novel, a short story has limited pages to make an impression. I have some I like, mostly science fiction (or scifi-inflected) with the occasional classic like…… Continue reading Review: Seven Men by Max Beerbohm

Adult Fiction

“What Did Miss Darrington See? An Anthology of Feminist Supernatural Fiction” — Is This Feminist?

Winner of a 1989 Lambda Literary Award, this collection of twenty-four entertaining and haunting 19th-and 20th-century tales from the US, Britain, and Latin America reclaims a literary tradition that has long been overlooked. Using such techniques as magic realism, allegory, and surrealism, the authors re-imagine the cliches of supernatural fiction, focusing on female characters and…… Continue reading “What Did Miss Darrington See? An Anthology of Feminist Supernatural Fiction” — Is This Feminist?

Adult Fiction

Classics Club: The Crooked Mirror and Other Stories by Anton Chekhov

The Classic: The Crooked Mirror and Other Stories (1883-1890) by Anton Chekhov The first English translation of many of the lost early stories by the world-renowned author of The Cherry Orchard and Uncle Vanya. Each story in this fine collection is a fresh reminder that this prodigious dramatist and storyteller charted unexplored depths of the…… Continue reading Classics Club: The Crooked Mirror and Other Stories by Anton Chekhov

Adult Fiction · Fantasy

Review: Paradise & Elsewhere by Kathy Page

I picked up Paradise & Elsewhere by Kathy Page several years ago as an advance reading copy, for no particular reason, and then it sat on my shelves for a long time. Even after I started reading it, I thought I might not get around to finishing, but something about it held me and I’m glad it…… Continue reading Review: Paradise & Elsewhere by Kathy Page

Adult Fiction

A Good Man is Hard to Find and Other Stories by Flannery O’Connor (Classics Club)

The Classic: A Good Man is Hard to Find and Other Stories (1955) by Flannery O’Connor In 1955, with this short story collection, Flannery O’Connor firmly laid claim to her place as one of the most original and provocative writers of her generation. Steeped in a Southern Gothic tradition that would become synonymous with her name, these…… Continue reading A Good Man is Hard to Find and Other Stories by Flannery O’Connor (Classics Club)

Writing

Flash Fiction: A Station 6 Garden Party

As usual, I’m squeaking in at the end of Taliana’s party. The theme this time is a Garden Party, so I figured it would be fun to revisit my space station characters from several parties ago. And apparently when I think “Garden Party,” I think “Alice in Wonderland.” Also, I had a bit of a…… Continue reading Flash Fiction: A Station 6 Garden Party

Fantasy · Writing

Sunday Post – An Introduction to Reynard the Fox

Rose B. Fischer has been my friend and writing partner for quite some time now, and a lot of our characters know each other. This summer, she’s releasing installments of a serial story about three fox sisters named Aldra, Diana, and Cleo, set on a world called Synn. (The first one is free today, check it…… Continue reading Sunday Post – An Introduction to Reynard the Fox

Writing

Snippet: Solstice Trick

Hi there, readers! Remember Eclectic Alli’s story blog parties? There’s another one going on right now, loosely centered around April 1 and “things are not what they seem.” Last Halloween’s story about the masquerade ball was an early exploration of a larger story, and for this event, I’ve got a short snippet continuing where I left off.…… Continue reading Snippet: Solstice Trick