Short Stories 366:335 — “The Shield Maiden,” by Alyxandra Harvey

Before anything else, I shall reiterate something I've said more than once: I hate zombies. I have no rational reason for this, beyond their annoying ability to get into my head (ha) and cause nightmares, and the way so many stories around zombies operate on the "poor choice" principle of plot (ie: people have to … Continue reading Short Stories 366:335 — “The Shield Maiden,” by Alyxandra Harvey

Short Stories 366:328 — “Lonesome Charlie Johnstone’s Strange Boon,” by Jason Sharp

More than a couple of the stories in Masked Mosaic: Canadian Super Stories touch on the gold rush, but I think this one, from Jason Sharp, struck me as the one that really took the gold rush and made it intrinsic to the tale. We meet a man, Charlie, who has finally had a bit … Continue reading Short Stories 366:328 — “Lonesome Charlie Johnstone’s Strange Boon,” by Jason Sharp

Short Stories 366:321 — “A Bunny Hug for Karl,” by Mike Remar

This story, found in Masked Mosaic: Canadian Super Stories, is more like a glimpse into a character origin than a narrative, but I am here for that kind of story, and also, it pokes more-than-a-little-bit of fun at the Superman/Lex Luthor dynamic, so, y'know, bonus points. Set in the fields of Saskatchewan, the Karl of … Continue reading Short Stories 366:321 — “A Bunny Hug for Karl,” by Mike Remar

Short Stories 366:314 — “The Man in the Mask,” by Emma Faraday

My exposure and awareness of steampunk writing is pretty small—it's not a sub-genre I find myself bumping into much, and beyond some stories I've really enjoyed from Matthew Bright, I can't clearly recall many of them at all. Emma Faraday's entry from Masked Mosaic: Canadian Super Stories, however, was a delight, and the addition of … Continue reading Short Stories 366:314 — “The Man in the Mask,” by Emma Faraday

Short Stories 366:307 — “The Secret History of the Intrepids,” by D.K. Latta

Okay, this was super-cute. An alternate-history version of Canada set during a WWII playing out differently—including Nazis on Canadian soil—Latta's story is presented between clips and excerpts from out-of-print or forgotten texts about "The Intrepids," a group of heroes who turned the tide. And who are the Intrepids? Well, they're names you'll recall from your … Continue reading Short Stories 366:307 — “The Secret History of the Intrepids,” by D.K. Latta

Short Stories 366:299 — “The Creep,” by Michael S. Chong

This shudder-worthy story from Masked Mosaic: Canadian Super Stories is a psychologically dark entry in the anthology, and definitely worthy of an October entry. It starts with what could be a moment of a man realizing he has a power and could use it for good, but the good he could do starts to shift … Continue reading Short Stories 366:299 — “The Creep,” by Michael S. Chong