Hello there! Just for fun, I’ve decided to share with you some of the short fiction I’ve read this month. I don’t always feel like I can sit down and dig into a novel, but most days I can easily fit a short story into my day. I love being able to immerse myself in another world for a few minutes, and there are so many wonderful stories out there. So here are five short stories I particularly enjoyed this month, from five magazines that consistently publish great fiction and poetry. Do consider giving them a read.
Toothsome Things by Chimedum Ohaegbu in Strange Horizons
I love fairy tales and fairy tale retellings, and I fell in love with this one with its poetic language and interesting narrative structure. It’s gorgeous and different.
The Smartest Human by Marisa Crane in The Cabinet of Heed
This is an imaginative, humorous story with an interesting protagonist who has some interesting opinions about humanity. Absolutely delightful.
Tea Kettles by Michelle Ross in Okay Donkey Magazine
Just a brilliant piece of flash fiction. I’m always in awe of how much story some authors can pack into so few words. Some people are exactly who they seem to be, and some aren’t.
A beautiful, years-spanning story about love, memory and serendipity. There’s always another side to the story about “the one who got away.”
This Is Why I Want to Die in the Woods (Literally or Metaphorically, I Don’t Give A Shit) by Kevin Tosca in Jellyfish Review
This story has an amazing first line, just epic, and really resonated with me as a parent. One of the really hard lessons in parenting (and life in general) is how often the word “emergency” means “hurry up and wait.”