Short Stories 366:297 — “No Sleep in Bethlehem,” by Matthew Bright

I've kind of hopped around a lot over this year with reviews from Stories to Sing in the Dark, and I'm going to discuss the last story today—the novella length "No Sleep in Bethlehem"—while leaving one more for December, but if nothing else, please by now understand my message throughout the journey in Stories to … Continue reading Short Stories 366:297 — “No Sleep in Bethlehem,” by Matthew Bright

Short Stories 366:290 — “The Last Drag Show on Earth,” by Matthew Bright

I'm cheating just a little tucking this story into October, but in fairness, I'm not a fan of horror but I do love a good ghost story and this story has ghosts in a few senses of the word. It's from Matthew Bright's wonderful Stories to Sing in the Dark, and it's the last story … Continue reading Short Stories 366:290 — “The Last Drag Show on Earth,” by Matthew Bright

Short Stories 366:283 — “Nothing to Worry About,” by Matthew Bright

Some horror stories sneak up on you. They sort of settle in a few steps behind, whistling while you're reading, and it's only as you keep going that you realize they're whistling just slightly out of tune, and it's a creepy kids rhyme they're whistling, and then before you know it you turn around and … Continue reading Short Stories 366:283 — “Nothing to Worry About,” by Matthew Bright

Short Stories 366:276 — “Golden Hair, Red Lips,” by Matthew Bright

It is no secret I love a retelling or a transposition of a classic character into a new setting, and as such it will likely surprise no one that "Golden Hair, Red Lips," from Matthew Bright's brilliant Stories to Sing in the Dark, was an instant favourite. The time and setting Bright visits is the … Continue reading Short Stories 366:276 — “Golden Hair, Red Lips,” by Matthew Bright

Short Stories 366:161 — “Director’s Cut,” by Matthew Bright

I'm not sure it's possible to find a story with more elements seemingly tailor-made for my own enjoyment as I found in "Director's Cut." It's got a queer lens that's grounded in a cultural and historical moment, a pervasive willful surviving and thriving tone, and then a thread of something magical, otherworldly, or strange. Wrap … Continue reading Short Stories 366:161 — “Director’s Cut,” by Matthew Bright

Short Stories 366:154 — “In Search of Stars,” by Matthew Bright

I adore Matthew Bright, which is likely no secret to anyone around this blog. First off, he's a fantastic editor (Threesome, The Myriad Carnival, Clockwork Cairo, and Gents). Second? He's the talent behind some of my favourite covers, via Inkspiral Design. Third? He's a fantastic author (especially of the fantastical). Last year, he released his … Continue reading Short Stories 366:154 — “In Search of Stars,” by Matthew Bright