Short Stories 366:220 — “The Dealey Paradox,” by Brendan DuBois

I really enjoyed this story from Crime Travel, an anthology that marries crime stories with time travel, in that it tackled a conceit you often hear bandied about whenever time travel comes up: if time travel ever became possible, certainly the horrible things that happened wouldn't have happened: someone would have come back to fix … Continue reading Short Stories 366:220 — “The Dealey Paradox,” by Brendan DuBois

Short Stories 366:219 — “Bayou,” by Bryan Washington

As a lover of speculative fiction, I think I maybe had less of a jolt reading this story from Lot: Stories than perhaps others might. Prior to this the stories have all been grounded in a very contemporary setting, but this tale opens with someone finding a dying chupacabra (which seems to have died by … Continue reading Short Stories 366:219 — “Bayou,” by Bryan Washington

Short Stories 366:218 — “Caught Looking,” by Adriana Herrera

The blurb of this novella from He's Come Undone caught me on this one: When best friends Yariel and Hatuey's gaming night turns into an unexpected and intense hook up, Hatuey can't wait to do it again. Yariel is less certain--the major leaguer might seem to all the world like he has a heart of … Continue reading Short Stories 366:218 — “Caught Looking,” by Adriana Herrera

Short Stories 366:217 — “Death and Two Maidens,” by Craig Laurance Gidney

I keep saying this about Skin Deep Magic: Short Fiction, but I'm going to say it again: the stories in this collection compliment each other while ranging far and wide in tone and feeling. By the time I finished "Death and Two Maidens," I found myself wondering if I'd read a ghost story, a love … Continue reading Short Stories 366:217 — “Death and Two Maidens,” by Craig Laurance Gidney

Short Stories 366:216 — “At the Roots of the World Tree,” by Catherine Lundoff

I feel like I keep saying "this story was so very much my thing" when I talk about Out of this World: Queer Speculative Fiction Stories, but it's because... well, this story was so very much my thing. First off, we've got an esoteric bookstore that's more than it appears, and even seems to nudge … Continue reading Short Stories 366:216 — “At the Roots of the World Tree,” by Catherine Lundoff

Short Stories 366:215 — “The Resident,” by Carmen Maria Machado

I'm not sure I've ever read a story as grounded in identity and self-reflection as I have as "The Resident," in Carmen Maria Machado's amazing collection Her Body and Other Parties. This is a very discomforting story, with—as is often the case with these stories—a simple narrative set-up: an author has won a place at … Continue reading Short Stories 366:215 — “The Resident,” by Carmen Maria Machado