Short Stories 366:271 — “Don’t Look Down,” by Greg Herren

The last story in Survivor's Guilt and Other Stories, "Don't Look Down," is one I can easily see polarizing readers of Herren's collection. It's atmospheric, with an almost gothic feel to it: a gay reporter who was already heading to Italy as a getaway to try and recover from some of the grief of losing … Continue reading Short Stories 366:271 — “Don’t Look Down,” by Greg Herren

Short Stories 366:264 — “My Brother’s Keeper,” by Greg Herren

The next instalment in Survivor's Guilt and Other Stories, from Greg Herren, is a Chanse MacLeod short story and I am here for it. Most centrally, I am here for the set-up, which is Chanse going back home to Nowhere, Flyover (sorry, Cottonwood Wells). As a fellow "get me the hell out of here" queer … Continue reading Short Stories 366:264 — “My Brother’s Keeper,” by Greg Herren

Short Stories 366:257 — “The Weight of a Feather,” by Greg Herren

Oh wow, I really liked this one. Found in Survivor's Guilt and Other Stories, Greg Herren's collection of short mysteries and thrillers, this one stands out by virtue of its setting: the Hoover-era, where the FBI are corrupt and everyone is looking for spies, and those of us of a queer nature are in serious … Continue reading Short Stories 366:257 — “The Weight of a Feather,” by Greg Herren

Short Stories 366:250 — “Quiet Desperation,” by Greg Herren

There's a kind of mystery narrative that begins with the main character dealing with a body, and I have to admit I have a soft-spot for them. I'm not sure what that says about me as a person, but there you have it. "Quiet Desperation" begins with the author main character in exactly that position, … Continue reading Short Stories 366:250 — “Quiet Desperation,” by Greg Herren

Short Stories 366:243 — “Annunciation Shotgun,” by Greg Herren

Okay, I'm not sure I should admit this, but in this story from Survivor's Guilt and Other Stories, there's a moment when a body hits the ground, and... well. I laughed! I seriously guffawed, enough that my husband asked me what was going on. But I'm getting ahead of myself. Like many of the stories … Continue reading Short Stories 366:243 — “Annunciation Shotgun,” by Greg Herren

Short Stories 366:236 — “Cold Beer, No Flies,” by Greg Herren

One of the themes in Survivor's Guilt and Other Stories is Greg Herren's ability with the unreliable narrator, or characters the reader trusts with a kind of shaky awareness that things are likely not entirely as they seem. "Cold Beer, No Flies" is one such story, and it delivers the punches after leading the reader … Continue reading Short Stories 366:236 — “Cold Beer, No Flies,” by Greg Herren