January 1, 2024

The Art of Dying and Other Stories

Mike Corwin’s collection of short stories features protagonists attempting new beginnings or coming to terms with endings.

The first third of the collection consists of very different short pieces, including the reflections of an imprisoned man who has multiple personality disorder (“If I Had My Way in This Wicked World”), a Catholic schoolboy who resists […]

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November 14, 2023

Listen to the Stars

Author Avi Mukherjee’s wide range of interests is clear in the varied topics he tackles in this story collection.

In these six tales, a Japanese woman seeks to connect with her long-lost birth father; a professional high-stakes poker player, who is also a brilliant academic specializing In AI technology, chooses a life path; a father […]

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August 14, 2023

Crossings

This collection of short stories quietly muses on the construct of time and how we cope with what’s lost.

Each story deals in some way with the past and how it intrudes, sometimes literally, on the present. In some stories, traveling across eras is a way for a narrator to learn more about a loved […]

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July 4, 2023

Moose Conquering Fear

In this coming-of-age tale set largely in the U.K, a boy named George grows into a man, overcoming challenges and fears as he develops. The story opens with a description of young George’s visit to the dentist, an activity that is the “bane” of his life. Because he has a second set of “milk teeth,” […]

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May 30, 2023

Scar Songs: Stories

W. Royce Adams’ Scar Songs is an engaging collection of short stories that showcase characters coping with life events and the residual feelings stirred by those happenings, including loss, regret, jealousy, betrayal, and even an ultimate breakdown.

In the opening story “Thief Catcher,” a young grocery store clerk has second thoughts about reporting an elderly […]

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May 16, 2023

Delta of Cassiopeia

The collected stories and sonnets in Delta of Cassiopeia highlight author Ted Morrissey’s accomplished prose style.

In the introduction, Morrissey describes founding Twelve Winters press to showcase “challenging, experimental, avant-garde, artful” fiction. But that bar, further raised with a title borrowed from James Joyce, is one this retrospective spanning Morrissey’s career—many works published in respected […]

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May 9, 2023

Down and Out in a Doublewide: and other tales of modern life

In Anthony Scavillo’s story collection, characters young and old confront life’s challenges, often without success. “The rosy idealism, which is so common in the American psyche,” the author notes in his Preface, “is almost totally absent from these stories.”

The collection opens with “The Experience of a Lifetime” as teenaged Ellen Schneider takes her first […]

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April 25, 2023

Healing Visions: An Anthology of Micro Prose and Fine Art Photography

Stunning photographs paired with brief prose vignettes from 52 talented writers explore the theme of healing in this vibrant, gorgeous collection.

The introduction sets up the premise, prompted by the photographer’s experience of fibromyalgia: Each writer is given a photograph, the theme of “healing visions,” and a 100-word limit. The prose pieces vary widely in […]

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April 25, 2023

The Missing

In this collection, Tory Tuttle’s seven stories give readers a bird’s-eye view of lives where something that should be part of the picture has been erased. Her characters are the people never seen in happy sitcom openings and toothpaste ads. They are, as the title explains, dealing with the missing.

Every story in The Missing […]

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April 4, 2023

These You Know

William P. Pope’s short story collection features O. Henry-like plot twists and vivid characters that readers familiar with the South will recognize.

The collection begins with “Family,” about a wealthy widower whose life revolves around his daughter “Sissy.” It seems everything about the child delights him, but his good intentions on leaving Sissy his wealth […]

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