Thursday, February 26, 2009

96 short story collections (at least) published in February!

I've just finished the (non-complete) list of short story collections and anthologies published this month, and by my count it is 96. Pretty impressive, don't you think? A quick rundown:

Get yourself some classics. Re-issues this month include:

The Complete Stalky and Co by Rudyard Kipling

The Yellow Wall-paper and Other Stories
by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Billy Budd, Sailor and Selected Tales
by Herman Melville

The Call of the Wild, White Fang, and Other Stories by Jack London

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Fables, and Other Stories by Robert Louis Stevenson

White Nights and Other Stories (Thrift Edition) by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells

Some of the debut collections seeing the light:

In All Probability: A Collection of Short Stories by Steve Morris

The National Virginity Pledge by Barry Graham - which must win a prize for most intriguing title!

Elephants in Our Bedroom by Michael Czyzniejewski

To Make a Long Story Short by Timothy Patrick

My Mother Never Dies by Claire Castillon, translated by Alison Anderson - the first English translation of the work of this French author of several novels.

Animal by Alexandra Leggat

A few of the other single author collections:

The Mechanics of Falling and Other Stories by Catherine Brady - her first collection, Curled in the Bed of Love, was the winner of the 2002 Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction

The Indian Who Bombed Berlin and Other Stories by Ralph Salisbury, author of seven collections of poetry and several books of short stories.

Pandora's Box by Irene Armistead, her third short story collection

Flesh and Blood and Other Stories by Michael Lister, a collection of John Jordan mysteries by the novelist, essayist, playwright and screenwriter

A quick glance at some of the eye-opening anthologies:

The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance by Trisha Telep,

Missionary No More: Purple Panties 2 by Zane

Girl Fun One: Adventures in Lesbian Loving by Miranda Forbes

A Straw Epic and Other Stories: Rajasthani Tales by Vijay Dan Detha, Kailash Kabir, and Christi A. Merrill,

Caine Prize for African Writing by The Caine Prize,

Best of Contemporary Mexican Fiction (Latin American Literature) by Uribe, Alvaro,

the Sea of Azov by Anne Joseph [I must come clean - I have a short story in this anthology. Ed.],

A New Omnibus of Crime by Tony Hillerman and Rosemary Herbert.

Check out the full (non-complete) list on The Short Review! If I have missed out your collection, leave me a comment here with the details and I will add it.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Feb 2009 Issue

Not so much love in the air as revenge, lovers' quarrels, and things that pass for love, but with one happy man who may have been kissed by....under the old devil moon. And some twisted tales, which may make you mad to live for one more year, or drive you to drinking coffee elsewhere.

To foreshadow March's Small Press month, seven reviews of collections from the independent publishers who keep the short story alive and deserve our admiration and support. More in March.


Things that Pass for Love, by Allison Amend
Let's Call the Whole Thing Off, edited by Kasia Boddy, Ali Smith and Sarah Wood
A Happy Man by Axel Thormählen
One More Year, by Sana Krasikov
Old Devil moon by Christopher Fowler
Mad to Live, by Randall Brown
Kissed By, by Alexandra Chasin
Getting Even: Revenge Stories edited by Mitzi Szereto
Drinking Coffee Elsewhere by ZZ Packer
Twisted Tails III: Pure Fear edited by J. Richard Jacobs

Allison Amend, Randall Brown, Alexandra Chasin, Christopher Fowler, Mitzi Szereto and Axel Thormählen tell us how they write, what they might ask someone who has read their book, and what "story" means to them.

Head over there. Happy reading!


Friday, February 6, 2009

Fifty-Two Stories

Fifty-Two Stories with Cal Morgan

At Harper Perennial, where I work, we traffic in stories of all kinds. And we have a special fondness for the short story—self-contained, crystalline, newborn, perfect. This year we're celebrating the thriving art of the story by sharing a new one every week: most of them new, a few of them classics, from authors you know and some you don't, each of them treasurable in its language or wit or human insight. And we'd love to have you join us! Watch this space and enjoy.

Thanks to BookFox for pointing me towards this great site... all about the short story! They add a new story each week - obviously, since it's 52 stories - and this week's is by Tom Piazza and begins:
"Fuck you. Fuck you. Stay the fuck out of my dressing room. I’m not the fucking janitor here, and I don’t want you the fuck in my dressing room.”
Previous stories by Mary Gaitskill, Simon Van Booy and Tony O'Neill. They also seem open to submissions. Find out more: Fifty-Two Stories with Cal Morgan

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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Two Short Review story collections in Top Ten Books to Talk About in 2009

The first round of voting has ended and I'm delighted that two short story collections we spotted first, Alison MacLeod's Fifteen Modern Tales of Attraction and Sophie Hannah's The Fantastic Book of Everybody's Secrets, are in the final Ten of Spread the Word's Books to Talk About. Two short story collections in the top ten is excellent news for short story lovers! Now let's take it further...The second round of voting, to find The Book To Talk About for World Book Day on March 5th, is now open, so do go and cast your vote (again, if you voted in the first round). Links below to reviews of the two collections.