Short Stories 366:189 — “Mauve,” by Craig Laurance Gidney

Another moving—and also painful—tale from Skin Deep Magic: Short Fiction, "Mauve" splits our point of view between two characters. On one hand, Gidney gives us a boy who has just moved to an old house far away from his friends and the life he knew because his mother has died and his father is not … Continue reading Short Stories 366:189 — “Mauve,” by Craig Laurance Gidney

Short Stories 366:178 — “Sapling,” by Craig Laurance Gidney

Oh wow, this story. We have a young woman raised by a suddenly-religious mother who believes prayer is the reason the daughter came out of a coma, and the young woman trying to navigate her city world to include some forms of freedom outside her mother's demands. And then the magic comes. "Sapling," like all … Continue reading Short Stories 366:178 — “Sapling,” by Craig Laurance Gidney

Short Stories 366:171 — “Psychometry, or Gone with the Dust,” by Craig Laurance Gidney

I've talked before about how the first story in a collection has to pull more than its own weight, and here's another shining example of a story that pulls it off perfectly. "Psychometry, or Gone with the Dust," opens Skin Deep Magic: Short Fiction with this sense of precarious balance between the magic, the real, … Continue reading Short Stories 366:171 — “Psychometry, or Gone with the Dust,” by Craig Laurance Gidney