Short Stories

Short Story Books
Short Story Books

As anyone who knows me must realise by now, I love the short story form.

I thought it would be interesting to see how many short stories I can read in a year…

Then I thought that the posts I would do would be a bit too big for Twitter and a bit too short for a blog post and was wondering what to do.

I then remembered that I have a Ko-Fi and since I really want to start using it a bit more, therefore Ko-Fi is where the short review post will go when I have finished reading a short story and I’ll link to it from the book it’s in.

First of all there will be the obligatory list of books I’ve already got to read from (in progress) and each book will get it’s own page, and the way I’m going to choose is to use a random number generator to choose a book and then the same to choose a story in the book:

  1. 19 Claws and a Black Bird
  2. 24 Stories
  3. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  4. Asimov’s Science Fiction: April 2011
  5. Asimov’s Science Fiction: March 2011
  6. Asimov’s Science Fiction: February 2011
  7. Asimov’s Science Fiction: January 2011
  8. Asimov’s Science Fiction: December 2010
  9. Asimov’s Science Fiction: October 2021
  10. Asimov’s Science Fiction: September 2010
  11. Asimov’s Science Fiction: August 2010
  12. The Book of Newcastle: A City in Short Fiction
  13. The Book of Sheffield: A City in Short Fiction
  14. Bloody Scotland: 10th Anniversary
  15. The Complete Chronicles of Conan
  16. Conan Omnibus: The Young Swordsman
  17. Crossing the Tees: The Sixth Short Story Compilation
  18. The Dangers of Smoking in Bed
  19. The Definitive H.P. Lovecraft: 67 Tales of Horror
  20. The Devil and the Giro: The Scottish Short Story
  21. The Devourer Below
  22. Dragon Lords and Warrior Women
  23. Elric of Melnibone and Other Stories
  24. Exhalation
  25. Extinct Doesn’t Mean Forever
  26. famished
  27. The Fahrenheit Twins and Other Stories
  28. Fen
  29. First Contact: Digital Science Fiction Anthology 1
  30. Fritz Leiber Super Pack #1
  31. Ghost Stories of Antiquity
  32. Ghost Stories of Antiquity Part 2: More Ghost Stories
  33. Ghostly Tales, Volume 1
  34. Her Body and Other Parties
  35. Hercule Poirot: The Complete Short Stories
  36. Hit Parade of Tears
  37. Household Tales
  38. Robert E. Howard Ultimate Collection
  39. Igifu
  40. Infinite Stars
  41. Infinities
  42. Isolation: The Horror Anthology
  43. Kick the Latch
  44. The Kimota Anthology
  45. Kzine Issue 1
  46. Kzine Issue 2
  47. Kzine Issue 3
  48. Life Ceremony
  49. Lost Mars: The Golden Age of the Red Planet
  50. The Mammoth Book of Alternate Histories
  51. The Mammoth Book of Apocalyptic SF
  52. The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror (20th Anniversary Edition)
  53. The Mammoth Book of Nebula Awards SF
  54. The Mammoth Book of Mindblowing SF
  55. The Mammoth Book of SF Short Stories by Women
  56. The Mammoth Book of SF Wars
  57. The Mammoth Book of Steampunk
  58. Menace of the Monster: Classic Tales of Creatures from Beyond
  59. Moonrise: The Golden Age of Lunar Adventure
  60. Multiverses: An Anthology of Alternate Realities
  61. My Pen is the Wing of a Bird
  62. The New Abject
  63. New Suns
  64. New Suns 2
  65. Palestine +100: stories from a century after the Nakba
  66. Paper Cities: An Anthology of Urban Fantasy
  67. Past the Borders: Collected Science Fiction
  68. The Penguin Book of Japanese Short Stories
  69. The Penguin Book of Modern British Short Stories
  70. Present at a Hanging and Other Ghost Stories
  71. Reverse Engineering II
  72. Jean Rhys: The Collected Short Stories
  73. The Road to Dune
  74. Salt Slow
  75. The Sea Cloak
  76. The Second Conan Omnibus: The Master Swordsman
  77. Snapshots of the Apocalypse
  78. Some of the Best from 2016 Edition
  79. Some of the Best from 2019 Edition
  80. Some of the Best from 2021 Edition
  81. Space Crone
  82. A Strange Collection of Stories
  83. Tales of Dune: Expanded Edition
  84. Tales of Mystery & the Macabre
  85. There Once Lived a Woman Who Tried to Kill Her Neighbour’s Baby: Scary Fairy Tales
  86. Things in the Dark: A Fox Pocket Anthology
  87. The Time Traveller’s Almanac
  88. Twenty Tiny Tales by Willie Wat
  89. Twenty Tiny Tales and a few tails
  90. Twiggy Woman
  91. Vampires Never Get Old: Tales with Fresh Bite
  92. Evelyn Waugh: The Complete Short Stories

plus many more sci-fi, horror, and fantasy collections I got on the Kindle ages ago, and I’ll be adding more collections/anthologies to this list as I go along.

So the plan is to read a short story a day, write something about it on the anthology/collection page, and tweet about that post when I’ve finished.

If you have a favourite collection or anthology that I’ve missed why not let me know?

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