Short Stories 366:45 — “The Storm Painter,” by Ayodele Olofintuade

I love fabulism, and I love stories set outside of the range of the North America I tend to see on the bookshelves locally, and I love finding new-to-me authors, so "The Storm Painter," by Ayodele Olofintuade was a hat trick thanks to the Strange Horizons Podcast. We start at an art exhibition, where the … Continue reading Short Stories 366:45 — “The Storm Painter,” by Ayodele Olofintuade

Short Stories 366:44 — “That Could Be Enough,” by Alyssa Cole

Another novella for today's short story on this yearly trip through short fiction, and once again it's both (a) from Alyssa Cole and (b) available in a superbly performed audiobook. So if you're fans of either, get on that. This story was originally released as part Hamilton's Battalion: a Trio of Romances, "That Could Be … Continue reading Short Stories 366:44 — “That Could Be Enough,” by Alyssa Cole

Short Stories 366:43 — “Yerba Buena: 1890,” by Jewelle Gomez

I don't think I could pin down my favourite thing about The Gilda Stories as a singular point, but I can say the way the stories—and the worldbuilding and Gomez's takes on vampiric lore—unfold is a huge part of it. This is the second Gilda story, and she has been of her kind for forty … Continue reading Short Stories 366:43 — “Yerba Buena: 1890,” by Jewelle Gomez

Short Stories 366:42 — “Loneliness Is in Your Blood,” by Cadwell Turnbull

I'm so not Mr. Horror, and so when I work my way through The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2018 and see the "Nightmare Magazine" listed as the source of the story, I wait until it's full on daylight to keep going. I'm not kidding. Me reading horror just before bed is a recipe … Continue reading Short Stories 366:42 — “Loneliness Is in Your Blood,” by Cadwell Turnbull

Short Stories 366:41 — “What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky,” by Lesley Nneka Arimah

Oh wow, this was so good, folks. A story I found through LeVar Burton Reads (you should also check that out, by the way), Lesley Nneka Arimah's "What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky" has so many balls up in the air for one story it's incredible, and she doesn't drop a … Continue reading Short Stories 366:41 — “What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky,” by Lesley Nneka Arimah

Short Stories 366:40 — “A Score of Roses,” by Troy L. Wiggins

The more I read my way through Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History, the more I'm annoyed I left it on my shelf of "to be read" anthologies for so long. The stories are so good, and so varied, and the chorus of voices are so fantastically drawn that I just... Well, … Continue reading Short Stories 366:40 — “A Score of Roses,” by Troy L. Wiggins