Fiction Roundup

A curated selection of new, free short fiction for your reading pleasure as the snow piles up outside.

Growling by Rebekah MatthewsConsidering I’m now an uncle twice over as of last month (as well as having 15 aunts and uncles by blood alone) this story really captures the weirdly intimately distant (or maybe distantly intimate) relationship between a person to their sibling’s offspring – in this case, a woman to her brother’s Facebook obsessed twin daughters – and the bug-under-your-skin fear that someone who looks up to you will realize that you’re just as flawed as their parents. Maybe even more so. (Necessary Fiction)

Ape Breaks Down the Door by Gregg Williard –  A postmodern smash-and-grab of philosophy, pop culture, sex and violence. Maybe its a bit old hat for writers to explore the power of language, which is why its amazing how this story pulls it off – and ultimately derides it. The importance of distinction between clean and clean doesn’t count for much when a big angry ape is throttling you by the neck – and even writers would admit that’s life after all. (> kill author)

A Modest Book Proposal from Pete Maynard, Author of M__y Dick by Christian TeBordo  – I’ll admit I wasn’t really sold on the idea of an epistolary story centered largely around a dick joke (all irrelevant material in Moby Dick is blacked out, creating M__y Dick). But just when you think you’ve got the story pinned down it shifts gears in an unexpected – and funny – way. The humor in this story is a bit too writerly for my general taste, but the shamelessness of it managed to win me over. (The Collagist)

Geschichte by Corey Eastwood – Finally, a more tradition story in the Carver vein – a life and marriage falling apart and the quiet moments we find at the center of the storm. Nothing earth shaking or life changing, but a good quiet story. (Dark Sky Magazine)


That’s all for now! Check back, oh, next month probably. Happy reading.