I think I've championed the joy that is a Charles Payseur short story on this story-a-day journey twice times thus far, and talked about his stories a couple of times during my Sunday Shorts regular posts, and also during the holidays I've talked up his supremely enjoyable holiday super-villain stories. There's a reason for that: … Continue reading Short Stories 366:121 — “Foie Gras,” by Charles Payseur
When I mentioned in passing to Charles Payseur on twitter that I loved "Rivers Run Free" and the world it was set in, he let me know there was a sequel, and I was immediately on the hunt. Even better? Since it was printed in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, it was also available as an audio … Continue reading Short Stories 366:25 — “Undercurrents,” by Charles Payseur
I'm not sure what the prose equivalent is of a standing ovation, but that's what I want to open this with. This was absolutely pitch-perfect. "Rivers Run Free" is the opening tale in The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2018 anthology, and holy flying crap what a way to start. Seriously. Just... I mean... … Continue reading Short Stories 366:14 — “Rivers Run Free,” by Charles Payseur
One of the things about listening to the audiobook of Queers Destroy Science Fiction was the overall tone of the collection: quite a few of the stories had a dark cast. This isn't surprising, given the times we're living in, but I have to admit, I stalled out on the collection a few times since … Continue reading Sunday Shorts—Rubbing is Racing, by Charles Payseur
Queer Power When I was thinking of prompt ideas for the month, I wanted to include a day where I could ask for recommendations flat-out. Mostly, this was done completely selfishly because I really, really want to ask y'all for short stories with queer superheroes. Yeah, I know that's really specific. I can think of … Continue reading #ShortStoryMonth Day Thirty — Give me your Queer Superheroes, Please.
If We Took a Holiday First off, you need to know the truth when it comes to superheroes and super-villains: I'm biased. I love superhero stuff. And there's so damn little of it (especially queer stuff) that finding this was like reaching into the holiday stocking and finding a chocolate orange where you thought there was just … Continue reading #ShortStoryMonth Day Fifteen — “The Werewolf Before Christmas,” by Charles Payseur