It’s been a while since I updated the Recommended Reading section of this website. The last addition to the short stories list, I believe, was Priya Sharma’s ‘The Absent Shade’ back in January 2015. Since then, I’ve read 64 short stories in 2015 and 24 in 2016 (to date). From those 88 stories, here are those I unequivocally recommend (in the order I read them):
Men Wearing Makeup by Ralph Robert Moore – Black Static #46 (May-Jun 2015) All the Day You’ll Have Good Luck by Kate Jonez – Black Static #47 (Jul-Aug 2015) A Case Study in Natural Selection and How it Applies to Love by Eric J. Guignard – BlackStatic #47 (Jul-Aug 2015) What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver – What We Talk About When We Talk About Love (collection, 1981) Morality by Stephen King – The Bazaar of Bad Dreams (collection, 2015) I Have Heard the Mermaids Sing by Ray Cluley – Probably Monsters (collection 2015) At Night, When the Demons Come by Ray Cluley – Probably Monsters (collection 2015) Obits by Stephen King – The Bazaar of Bad Dreams (collection, 2015) Drunken Fireworks by Stephen King – The Bazaar of Bad Dreams (collection, 2015) Summer Thunder by Stephen King – The Bazaar of Bad Dreams (collection, 2015) Ishq by Usman T. Malik – Black Static #43 (Nov-Dec 2014) Dirt Land by Ralph Robert Moore – Black Static #49 (Nov-Dec 2015)
Point Hollow by Rio Youers (2015) The Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick (2014)
On Writing by Charles Bukowski (2015) An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield (2013) Beneath the Neon: Life and Death in the Tunnels of Las Vegas by Matthew O’Brien (2007)
Okay, so I only read 16 books (fiction/non-fiction) and 64 short stories in 2015. It isn’t a lot, I know, but for what it is worth here is a list of the titles I particularly enjoyed and do not hesitate to recommend. In no particular order:
On Writing – Charles Bukowski (2015)*
Point Hollow – Rio Youers (2015)
* This is perhaps one for fans, rather than a starting point for readers interested in Bukowski’s work.
The Absent Shade – Priya Sharma (Black Static #44)
Men Wearing Makeup – Ralph Robert Moore (Black Static #46)
All the Day You’ll Have Good Luck – Kate Jonez (Black Static #47)
A Case Study in Natural Selection and How It Applies to Love – Eric J. Guignard (Black Static #47)
What We Talk about When We Talk about Love – Raymond Carver (collection of the same name)
Morality – Stephen King (collection: The Bazaar of Bad Dreams)*
I Have Heard the Mermaids Sing – Ray Cluley (collection: Probably Monsters)*
* I am still currently reading The Bazaar of Bad Dreams and Probably Monsters.
Ever since I finished reading Rio Youers’ “Westlake Soul” on Saturday evening I have been considering posting a review here on my blog/site. However, there is nothing I want to say about the book other than it is not only one of the most original but one of the best novels I have ever read.
So, if you have any spare cash and want to read something different, something brilliantly written, and something emotionally devastating…well, you know what to do, right?