Short Thoughts on Short Fiction is a monthly column that focuses on short stories. Each month we will review a small selection of short stories from anthologies, collections, and zines, both old and new. We want to acknowledge some of the great short fiction that’s out there, shine a light on emerging writers, and point readers in the direction of great fiction.
Appendages by Rickey Rivers Jr From Episode 413 of Nightlight: A Horror Fiction Podcast
What happens when your body doesn’t listen to you any more and starts to act on its own? Appendages is a slow creeping tale of dread.
Playthings by Samantha Frye From Episode 413 of Nightlight: A Horror Fiction Podcast
Kids can be mean. Kids can be scary. Not is all as it first appears when it comes to the twisted imaginations of little children. This little tale serves as a reminder that you never quite know exactly what your kids are doing in their rooms when they are supposed to be sleeping. This was great story with so many reveals and new layers packed into such a short space.
The Woman the Spiders Loved by Couri Johnson From Pseudopod 757
I don’t want to say too much about this story because it is so short. I will never look at spiders the same way again. This is the most unusual (and touching and tragic) story of unrequited love you will read all year. Great imagination with a ton of emotions packed into a short space.
Brian Lindenmuth is the former non-fiction editor of Spinetingler Magazine and the former editor of Snubnose Press. He likes both kinds of books, fiction and non-fiction. He blogs about subtitled TV shows and movies at One Inch Tall Movies
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