Short Story Review: ‘The Gun Shearer’

Story Title: The Gun Shearer Collection/Anthology?: Not applicable. Available for free download (PDF format) from the Costa Short Story Award website. Briefly: Set in Australia, Oriel runs a sheep farm single-handedly. Hiring in a trio of men to … [Read more...]

Short Story Review: ‘The Forgiveness Thing’

Story Title: The Forgiveness Thing Collection/Anthology?: Not applicable. Available for free download (PDF format) from the Costa Short Story Award website. Briefly: Brutally attacked and disfigured, the narrator is questioned by a journalist on … [Read more...]

The Other Publishing Company launches short fiction competition

The good eggs over at The Other Publishing Company have asked me if I would draw attention to an upcoming short fiction competition they are launching, in promotion of their Lit Bits short story series. Running over four consecutive weekends … [Read more...]

Short Story Review: ‘Still Water, BC’

Story Title: Still Water, BC Collection/Anthology?: Not applicable. Available for free download (PDF format) from the Costa Short Story Award website. Briefly: As the only female in a logger's camp, Eva is very much a woman in a man's world. … [Read more...]

2013 Costa Short Story Award shortlist revealed

Exciting times for short story fans, as the Costa Book Awards reveals its shortlist for this year's Short Story Award. Now in its second year, the Costa Short Story Award is awarded to a previously unpublished single short story of no more than … [Read more...]

Anton Chekhov on leaving judgement to the reader

Anton Chekhov is renowned for leaving many of his short stories open-ended, without offering any resolution or explanation to that which he has explored. Rather, he preferred to leave it up to the reader to bring about a judgement or a resolution … [Read more...]

Chekhov Shorts: Enemies

Title: Enemies Date Read: 19th November 2013 Briefly: Not five minutes after his only son passes away from illness, there's a knock at the door which stirs district doctor Kirilov from his grief. The visitor is Abogin. His wife has been taken … [Read more...]

Chekhov Shorts: Darkness

Title: Darkness Date Read: 19th November 2013 Briefly: Kirila is desperate to get his brother out of prison and so he tracks down the doctor in charge of the convict ward where his brother is convalescing, and begins to beg to the doctor's better … [Read more...]

Devouring De Maupassant: Moonlight

Title: Moonlight Date Read: 18th November 2013 Available Online?: YES. Briefly: Madame Julie Roubere is excited to see her elder sister, Madame Henriette Letore who has returned from a trip to Switzerland. They embrace warmly and all is well, … [Read more...]

Devouring De Maupassant: Old Mongilet

Title: Old Mongilet Date Read: 18th November 2013 Available Online?: YES. Briefly: Unlike the rest of his office chums, old Mongilet wasn't taken with spending his summer weekends frolicking in the country. In fact preferring to spend his … [Read more...]