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‘Joburg Noir’ extract: ‘Weep for Me, Willow’ by Fred Khumalo

Fred Khumalo’s contribution to Niq Mhlongo’s ‘Joburg Noir’ opens with a scene of five gangsters chilling around a braai The post ‘Joburg Noir’ extract: ‘Weep for Me, Willow’ by Fred Khumalo appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Fiction, Short Stories, Friday, Hitmen, Gangsters, Soweto, Willow, Noir, Three Musketeers, Braai, Niq Mhlongo, Fred Khumalo, Jacana, Joburg Noir


Read this charming sci-fi short story about love, radio waves, and David Bowie

To mark the anniversary of David Bowie's birth and death last week, author and activist Sam J Miller wrote a new short story for Tor.com titled "Let The Children Boogie." Set in the Hudson Valley in 1991, the story follows two queer teenagers named Laurie and Fell as they discover each other, and rock & roll, and a strange message broadcast over radio waves that may or may not come from the future. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, News, Fiction, David Bowie, Short Stories, Short Fiction, Starman, Hudson Valley, Laurie, Short Story, Recommended Reading, Sam J Miller


George Saunders: 'These trenches we're in are so deep'

The Booker-winning author on what Russian short stories can teach us, late-life realisations and why he doesn’t like social mediaGeorge Saunders was born in Texas in 1958 and raised in Illinois. Before his first novel, Lincoln in the Bardo, won the 2017 Booker prize, he was best known as a writer of short stories, publishing four collections since 1996 and winning a slew of awards. In 2006, he was awarded both a Guggenheim and a MacArthur fellowship. His latest book, A Swim in a Pond in the Rain...
Tags: Books, New York, Texas, California, Fiction, Culture, Short Stories, Lincoln, Illinois, Leo Tolstoy, Booker, Anton Chekhov, George Saunders, Syracuse University, MacArthur, Saunders


“When I Grow Up” by Kate Elliott (A Spiritwalker Short Story)

In 2010, Kate Elliott’s first spiritwalker book, Cold Magic–an alternate, post-fall-of-Rome historical-European, proto-steampunk fantasy with fairies and magic–was published. Suffice it to say, dear readers, that we loved it (and also loved subsequent books Cold Fire and Cold Steel just as passionately). Today, we are honored to share a new short story and accompanying glorious work of art, set in the Spiritwalker universe. An Introduction from the Author Ten yea...
Tags: Books, Fantasy, Rome, Short Stories, Catherine, Short Fiction, Serena, Bunny, Papa, Daniel, Rory, Kayleigh, Juba, Tara, Mama, Guest Author


Non-Binary Authors to Read: December 2020

Non-Binary Authors To Read is a regular column from A.C. Wise highlighting non-binary authors of speculative fiction and recommending a starting place for their work. Welcome to the December 2020 edition of Non-Binary Authors to Read. It’s been quite the year, hasn’t it? Despite everything though, reading has remained a comfort for me, and I hope it has for you as well. To that end, I have four stories to offer up as recommendations. They are stories of longing, bittersweet re...
Tags: Books, London, Taiwan, Finland, Short Stories, John, Lists, Randall, Sriharikota, Short Fiction, Sarah, Diwali, Iaf, Rand, Bureau, Martha


Author Nalo Hopkinson named as the 37th SWFA Damon Knight Grand Master

The Jamaican-born Canadian speculative fiction writer Nalo Hopkinson is the author of such award-winning books as Brown Girl In The Ring and Midnight Robber; her most recent work includes the short story collection Falling In Love With Hominids and the House of Whispers comic book series from Neil Gaiman's revitalized Sandman Vertigo line. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, News, Fiction, Neil Gaiman, Short Stories, Authors, Short Fiction, Sfwa, Damon Knight, Speculative Fiction, Nalo Hopkinson, Nebula Awards, Lifetime Achievement


Elena Ferrante names her 40 favourite books by female authors

List by pseudonymous author of beloved Neapolitan novels includes Zadie Smith, Sally Rooney and several Italian classicsElena Ferrante, the bestselling pseudonymous Italian author behind My Brilliant Friend, has named her favourite 40 books by female authors around the world, with Toni Morrison, Sally Rooney and Zadie Smith all making the cut.The author, whose quartet of Neapolitan novels has sold 13m copies worldwide, has published her list on Bookshop.org, the online store that recently launch...
Tags: Books, UK, Fiction, Culture, Fiction in translation, Short Stories, Margaret Atwood, Booksellers, Alice Munro, Joyce Carol Oates, Elena Ferrante, Zadie Smith, Ferrante, Valeria Luiselli, Edna O'Brien, Europa Editions


Controversial plans to develop James Joyce house into hostel approved

Plans to convert the Dublin home in Joyce’s 1914 story The Dead provoked a swift backlash from writers including Sally Rooney and Colm TóibínDublin city council has greenlit a controversial plan to convert the house made famous by James Joyce’s story The Dead into a hostel, with a campaign group supported by writers including Sally Rooney, Colm Tóibín and Edna O’Brien saying they will appeal the decision.The property, at 15 Usher’s Island, was built in 1775 and was once home to Joyce’s great aun...
Tags: Europe, Books, World news, Culture, Ireland, Heritage, Island, Short Stories, Dublin, James Joyce, Joyce, Colm, Edna O'Brien, Sally Rooney, The Dead, Sally Rooney Colm Tóibín


Bolu Babalola: 'It was mortifying meeting Michael B Jordan after my tweet about him went viral'

The writer and ‘romcomoisseur’ on her debut short story collection, romcom chemistry, and her clinch with Michael B JordanBorn and based in London, Bolu Babalola, 29, is a self-proclaimed “romcomoisseur” and writer. She worked as an assistant producer at BBC Comedy and was shortlisted by the 4th Estate B4ME prize for her debut story, Netflix and Chill. Her first short story collection, Love in Colour, retellings of mythical tales from around the world, is out this month and comes heaped with pr...
Tags: Books, London, Film, Bbc, Netflix, Culture, Short Stories, Michael B Jordan, Meg Cabot, Bolu Babalola, Romance films, Michael B JordanBorn, Candice Carty Williams Romcoms


Irenosen Okojie wins the Caine prize for 'stunning' short story Grace Jones

Nigerian-British author says £10,000 award for African writing has given her confidence as a black and female experimental writerCritically acclaimed author Irenosen Okojie has won the AKO Caine prize for African writing, crediting her win with giving her “extra confidence” as a black, female experimental writer who has felt she was “operating on the fringes”.The Nigerian-British writer won the £10,000 award on Monday afternoon for her short story Grace Jones, following an impersonator of the si...
Tags: Books, Africa, UK News, Culture, Awards and prizes, Grace Jones, Short Stories, Caine, Caine prize, Irenosen Okojie


Short story: Schrödinger's Hat Box

In April of 2019 I gleefully packed up my home of 11 years. While fantastical in retrospect, during the marathon packing session I remember thinking that once on the market my lovely oceanfront home would sell instantaneously, and I would be off to an exciting new life. It was an optimistic time for April 2019 Jason. We had spent the last 6 months nursing our 125 pound Great Pyrenees through double arthroscopy. Diagnosed with torn cruciate ligaments, Nemo would require a lot of carrying up and d...
Tags: Post, News, California, Los Angeles, Vw, Short Stories, Moving, Charles, Hats, Jason, Malibu, Ava, Packing, Northern California, Venice Beach, Pendleton


I loved the movie Memento Mori, about a man on a mission who has severe short-term memory loss. Every morning when he wakes up he had no memory of the hundreds of days preceding it, and so he develops a bunch of processes to bring him up to speed each day and keep him on mission. The movie was based on a short story called "Memento" by Jonathan Naylor, and I read it when it came out in Esquire magazine in 2001. Here's an excellent reading of the short story, which runs about 30 minutes. Highl...
Tags: Post, News, Short Stories, Jonathan Naylor


Listen to this reading of "Memento" the short story that was the basis for the film Memento Mori

I loved the movie Memento Mori, about a man on a mission who has severe short-term memory loss. Every morning when he wakes up he had no memory of the hundreds of days preceding it, and so he develops a bunch of processes to bring him up to speed each day and keep him on mission. The movie was based on a short story called "Memento" by Jonathan Naylor, and I read it when it came out in Esquire magazine in 2001. Here's an excellent reading of the short story, which runs about 30 minutes. Highl...
Tags: Post, News, Short Stories, Jonathan Naylor


Listen to this reading of "Memento Mori" the short story that was the basis for the film Memento

I loved the movie Memento, about a man on a mission who has severe short-term memory loss. Every morning when he wakes up he had no memory of the hundreds of days preceding it, and so he develops a bunch of processes to bring him up to speed each day and keep him on mission. The movie was based on a short story called "Memento Mori" by Jonathan Nolan, and I read it when it came out in Esquire magazine in 2001. Here's an excellent reading of the short story, which runs about 30 minutes. Highly...
Tags: Post, News, Short Stories, Jonathan Nolan


Updating Hemingway's saddest shortest story for the pandemic age

Someone beat Hemingway's challenge by a single word. pic.twitter.com/qtgzYo2zkK — mugrimm (@mugrimm) April 29, 2020 Top image: JD Hancock / Flickr (CC 2.0)
Tags: Post, Toys, News, Short Stories, Hemingway, Ernest Hemingway, Pandemic, Quarantine, Baby Shoes, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Quarantine Life, Short Short Stories


Not so Parsi love

Not so Parsi love Some stories are so ordinary that the fact that most anyone can relate to them makes them extraordinary. One such story is that of my late parents. A story of love, sacrifice, and struggle. It’s a story that both my pre-teens can narrate to you verbatim. One that I wouldn’t mind narrating right now, amid all the chanting while being clad in nothing but a flimsy white cotton shirt and pajamas. Article posted on Hyper Ranchi But first, I’d like you to know what I see at the momen...
Tags: Life, India, Sheffield, Short Stories, Mom, Dad, Bombay, University Of Sheffield, Gara, Parsi, AAI, Mumma, Sunanda, Jehangir, Allahabad University, Delu


From the io9 Archives, 10 Pieces of Dystopian Fiction You Can Read Right Now

Given the current state of the world, certain sci-fi stories have begun to feel like they contain eerie predictions rather than speculation. Over the years, io9 has shared a diverse variety of book excerpts and short stories exploring dystopian futures and altered realities. Here are 10 worth revisiting now.Read more...
Tags: Books, Science, Sci Fi, Short Stories, Dystopia, Short Fiction, Book Excerpt, Laurie Penny, Terry Brooks, Warren Ellis, Chuck Wendig, Blake Crouch, Io9


House of horror: the poisonous power of Charlotte Perkins Gilman's 'The Yellow Wallpaper'

It has inspired TV, stage, film – and now two new art shows. Kathryn Hughes strips back the layers of this classic tale to understand its enduring appeal“The Yellow Wallpaper” by the American writer Charlotte Perkins Gilman created feminist fireworks the moment it appeared in the January 1892 edition of the New England Magazine. The short story takes the form of a secret diary written by a young married woman who is suffering from a “temporary nervous depression – a slight hysterical tendency”. ...
Tags: Books, Fiction, America, Culture, Art and design, Exhibitions, Short Stories, Mitchell, Gilman, Kathryn Hughes, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Art and design books, Silas Weir Mitchell








Sing To It: New Stories

Amy Hempel’s fifth collection of short fiction, Sing To It: New Stories, is the first in a decade from the beloved writer. Made up of vignettes, the book includes 15 stories that tackle themes including loneliness, truth and guilt. As ever, Hempel’s prose is somewhat minimal but concurrently undeniably rich.
Tags: Books, Design, Fiction, Reading, Short Stories, Hempel, Amy Hempel


Get 35 free audio books from Tor's new horror imprint

Renowned sci-fi and fantasy publisher Tor just launched a new book imprint called Nightfire, focusing on new horror fiction. And to celebrate, they're giving away 35 free short horror stories as audiobooks. The list includes stories by Alyssa Wong, Chuck Wendig, China Miéville, Carmen Maria Machado, and more. The only catch is that the stories are only available through the GooglePlay Store, or through Google Assistant commands. This is only really a minor inconvenience if you (like me) are not ...
Tags: Google, Audiobooks, Post, News, Horror, Audio, Fiction, Tor, Short Stories, Scary Stories, Speculative Fiction, GooglePlay Store


Grand Union: Stories

Grand Union: Stories is prolific author Zadie Smith’s first collection of short stories. The respected and beloved author features her horror tales alongside historical fiction, reflective pieces on modernity, dystopian tales and more. While diverse in subject and genre, Smith’s writing is consistently rich, thoughtful and measured. There are 19 stories within, 11 of which are new and exclusive to this release.
Tags: Books, Design, Fiction, Short Stories, Smith, Authors, Writers, Zadie Smith, Penguin Press, Grand Union: Stories


This new fiction anthology is punk as f*ck

A Punk Rock Future is a brand new fiction anthology featuring 25 speculative sci-fi and fantasy writers smashing the State in whatever fantastical futuristic form that it might take. Editor Steve Zisson (not to be confused with Steve Zissou) was smart enough to realize that a good short story is already like a punk song—fast, effective, and brutally DIY, with a fistful of meaning that explodes in your face with pure undistilled emotion. It only made sense to slam the two together. The anthology ...
Tags: Post, Books, Science Fiction, News, Fiction, Short Stories, Cory Doctorow, Dystopian Fiction, Shirley Jackson, Steve Zissou, Speculative Fiction, Punk Rock, Margaret Killjoy, Cyberpunk Af, Dystopian Science Fiction, Steve Zisson


A lot can happen over a coffee : Chapter 6 ~ The END

Click here to Read Previous Chapter -  "A lot can happen over a coffee : Chapter 5" Friday Evening, The sun had set and the clouds finally broke out into rain.Diya loves rain and whenever it rains, it made her energetic and her day ends in a positive note. But today it wasn't just that. She inhaled the fresh smell of the soil. It made her feel sad. She was getting genuinely concerned. Karthik had read the message, but he hasn't replied anything yet. It's stupid to expect a reply too.She felt re...
Tags: Movies, Short Stories, Coimbatore, Deepika, Diya, Karthik


How to end an extra marital affair? In Paru's way! (Short Story from Paru Tales)

It happened and it really stink.    Paru had been married for years and suddenly she found herself in a deep attraction to someone else.     A casual encounter at a social gathering, exchanging niceties on the social media, following each other’s life closely to an extent that a new friendship with a soul connection grew without even both realizing the deep bond. One night a long conversation turned into a test-flirt the next day during a lunch break from office, that got rewarded, ...
Tags: Sales, Short Stories, Raj, Henri Nouwen, Siva, Umasree, Paru Tales, Paru, Raj She, Raj Siva