Midnight All Day: Hanif Kureishi

When it comes to writing about relationships, author Hanif Kureishi is unsparing.  Some of us might add the description cynical, but others might add pragmatic.  880 more words


The First Person and Other Stories by Ali Smith: Present

It is late at night in the middle of November when the story’s unnamed narrator tries to find some peace and quiet in a roadside pub. 263 more words


Flashlight Girls Run by Stephanie Dickinson

When does a presence become a force to be reckoned with? A few years ago, I became aware of Stephanie Dickinson because her name often appeared in literary magazines. 1,018 more words

Just Literary Fiction

Collection Review: The Girl With No Hands and Other Tales by Angela Slatter

Summary: In this dark fantasy and horror short story collection, Angela Slatter focuses on a mix of original content and fairy tale retellings with her own spin. 1,113 more words

Book Review

"Spectral Evidence" by Gemma Files

I’ve read several short stories by Gemma Files in multi-author anthologies and found them to be consistently excellent, so I was excited to pick up her new collection, … 313 more words



Three vignettes about distance and togetherness.

Thomas Parts with Jane

Jane likes Thomas better when he’s away. She’ll pout and tell him not to go, but once he’s gone, she breathes easier. 504 more words


The First Person and Other Stories by Ali Smith: The Child

Next up in The First Person and Other Stories is The Child, and it is just as amusing as True Short Story! It begins at a Waitrose supermarket where the story’s unnamed narrator – a young woman – goes to do her weekly shopping during her lunch break. 473 more words