Short Story Books

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 Patreon and a Ko-Fi and since I really want to start using both a bit more Patreon is where the 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 post, and the way I’m going to choose is to use a random number generator to choose a book and then read that through until finished:

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

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?

If you want to help and support this blog and my other projects (Indie Publishers and Indie Bookshops) you could become a Patreon which would help pay for my hosting, domain names, streaming services, and the occasional bag of popcorn to eat while watching films.

If you can’t support with a monthly subscription a tip at my Ko-Fi is always appreciated, as is buying things from my Ko-Fi Shop.

You can always email me on with any suggestions.