At first, I thought I’d do an ordinary Friday Short Fiction Club post but then… I haven’t said anything about the year that has passed or what I’m looking forward to in 2018. I don’t really know what I want to accomplish during 2018, write some I guess LOL, but, I thought I’d share my top 5 short reads of 2017.
Now, I’ve read some great stories and some not so great. If I were to re-read them I might not pick the same ones I do now, but scrolling through my posts these five were the ones I lingered by.
- Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons of Blue: This is a really good Christmas horror flash that I loved. And While talking about Christmas stories I’ll sneak in Black Christmas here too because it’s one of the stories from the Short Fiction Advent Calendar that stays with me.
- Sweet Tooth: This year I’ve read three fo the six Sweet Tooth stories out there and as silly as it is with a vampire running a support group for those who want to give up live feeding I love Dr Pierce – not his real name.
- Three Days: This short story is rather gruesome, or more than rather. A nuclear bomb has fallen and we get to follow the destruction to the bitter end.
- Manufacturing Margaret: This is a great Sci-Fi short story, funny and bloody and brilliant. Margaret used to be a taxi but now she’s with her man…only he’s not with her. I’ll sneak in another here because this year I also read A New York Tale which is another short Sci-Fi with a humanoid robot that I enjoyed.
- Going Somewhere Else: Last we have this short little Sci-Fi flash about an adventurer who’s going on a trip that will never end. This reminded me of a short story by Pär Lagerkvist called En Hjältes Död (I don’t think it’s been translated to English, or I’ve never managed to find it at least) and that story jarred something inside of me when I read it as a teen.
As for my writing during 2017… I wrote quite a few stories during the first half of the year, and then I didn’t write that many.
In Miserable Tales I wrote:
In Murder Games I wrote:
And Some Random Flashes I wrote:
I think that was it…might have missed a flash somewhere but in that case, it’s hidden away here on the site. When listed it does like I actually did write some 🙂