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My favourite short fiction reads of 2013

2013 was the first year in which I tracked all of the short fiction I read.  In total, I read 154 flash fictions, short stories, and novelettes, 17 of which made it onto my on-going Recommended Reading list here.  Without further ado – and in no particular order – my 3 favourite short fiction reads of 2013* were…

The Death Drive of Rita, Nee Carina by Ray Cluley, published in Black Static #31
Stray Dogs
by James Cooper, published in Black Static #33
Slider by David Niall Wilson, published in Shock Totem #1

* note: stories I read in 2013, not necessarily published in the same year.


“The Sound of Constant Thunder” sold to Black Static

My 12,000 word post-apocalyptic novelette, THE SOUND OF CONSTANT THUNDER, has been accepted for publication in UK literary horror magazine, Black Static.

This will be my third appearance, following THE THINGS THAT GET YOU THROUGH in #31 and MEN PLAYING GHOSTS, PLAYING GOD in #35.

I’m also looking forward to sharing the pages with the talented Ray Cluley and Ralph Robert Moore (as well as those still-to-be-announced).  I’ve been a fan of Ralph’s work for years (check out his fiction, available free, on his web site) and Ray’s excellent story, THE DEATH DRIVE OF RITA, NEE CARINA, from Black Static #32 is one of my favourite short story reads of 2013.

Also out in November from TTA Press:  Crimewave 12: Hurts.

Finally, if you’re interested in reading a little more about the origins of THE SOUND OF CONSTANT THUNDER, I touch upon it in the two following posts:

Where My Ideas Come From

Toothache and Inspiration, or, Where My Ideas Come From, Part II