Short Stories 366:280 — “Sugardaddy,” by Craig Laurance Gidney

For those of you who've been following this project, you may have noticed I discussed pretty much every story from Skin Deep Magic: Short Fiction back over Pride Month and the weeks after, and might wonder why this single story is here in October. Well, not to put too find a point on it, but … Continue reading Short Stories 366:280 — “Sugardaddy,” by Craig Laurance Gidney

Short Stories 366:231 — “Coalrose,” by Craig Laurance Gidney

Before anything else, I need to say this story is phenomenal. I've spoken with a lot of authors of collections and editors of anthologies, and one thing that comes up a lot is the choosing of the first story and the last story, and let me tell you, "Coalrose" ends Skin Deep Magic: Short Fiction … Continue reading Short Stories 366:231 — “Coalrose,” by Craig Laurance Gidney

Short Stories 366:224 — “Inscribed,” by Craig Laurance Gidney

I'm trying to remember if I've read another story that upped the creepy factor in a similar way to "Inscribed," and I'm drawing a blank. Found in Skin Deep Magic: Short Fiction, this story is interspersed with excerpts from "Mercurial Magic: the Language of Hermes and Thoth," by Byron Davies, the white (and, soon revealed, … Continue reading Short Stories 366:224 — “Inscribed,” by Craig Laurance Gidney

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 366:210 — “Zora’s Destiny,” by Craig Laurance Gidney

Oh, how I loved this one. "Zora's Destiny," found in Skin Deep Magic: Short Fiction, is the kind of contemporary (or recent historical) fantasy I love the most: a single character coming face-to-face with the sense of something other behind the normal sheen of the world, but it's also a twofer, in that it's also … Continue reading Short Stories 366:210 — “Zora’s Destiny,” by Craig Laurance Gidney

Short Stories 366:203 — “Conjuring Shadows,” by Craig Laurance Gidney

I don't know if I've got it in me to do this story from Skin Deep Magic: Short Fiction justice, and that makes me sad because I love the way this story is constructed and put together. It starts with a poem, moves into a description of a statuette (carved by an artist named Courtney … Continue reading Short Stories 366:203 — “Conjuring Shadows,” by Craig Laurance Gidney