Short Stories 366:323 — “Queer Esther, Unmasked,” by Hallie Alexander

Okay, I loved this story pretty much from the get-go. Found in Love All Year: A Holidays Anthology, this story drops us into 1890, just before a Purim spiel, and gives us Frieda, who has just recently broken it off with a fiancé who was a cheating jerk. She's squinting her way through an awful … Continue reading Short Stories 366:323 — “Queer Esther, Unmasked,” by Hallie Alexander

Short Stories 366:316 — “It Happened One Yule,” by Celestine Martin

Okay, so this story, the second from Love All Year: A Holidays Anthology, was everything I wanted. A bit of contemporary-with-a-healthy-dash-of-magic, we meet a witch, Tilda, getting ready for the family Yule event who is, well, dreading it. This is not how you're supposed to feel about Yule, but when your successful, famous ex is … Continue reading Short Stories 366:316 — “It Happened One Yule,” by Celestine Martin

Short Stories 366:309 — “Three Stars in the Sky,” by Stacey Agdern

Even before Hallowe'en passed us by, I began my traditional dive into holiday short(er) fiction because 2020 was being, well, 2020 and this year I've had some great luck in finding some stories outside the usual Thanksgiving and Christmas. Now, I don't discount the two holidays, but I'm all for spreading the love out elsewhere, … Continue reading Short Stories 366:309 — “Three Stars in the Sky,” by Stacey Agdern