Short Stories

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RADAR ROAD: THE BEST OF ON IMPULSE

Rating: 4.5
RADAR ROAD: THE BEST OF ON IMPULSE is a collection of twenty-five exquisite short stories artfully strung together by Best New American Voices nominee Nath Jones.
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Form trumps content in: POSTMODERN DECONSTRUCTION MADHOUSE

Rating: 1.5
Reading POSTMODERN DECONSTRUCTION MADHOUSE is no ordinary romp through a short story collection: the sections that make up the collection range from stand-alone scenes, lists, and literary criticism, keeping readers on their toes.
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Dark, poignant, and unsettling stories in: INSANITY BY INCREMENTS

Rating: 4
Creepy and meditative short stories that investigate the darker side of humanity.
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Stories about cars, war, and life-altering moral choices in: SNAPSHOTS

Rating: 2.5
In this short story collection, the lives of a diverse group of characters occasionally intersect in a particular town – Roanoke, Virginia.
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Exotic adventures in myth and obsession in: DOG-HEAD: TALES FROM THE NEOTROPICS

Rating: 4.5
This is an extraordinary collection of three novellas all centered on themes of obsession, myth, and exoticism.
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Stories and poetry punctuated with humor: I PUNCHED MYSELF IN THE EYE

Rating: 4
Pamela Capone must be a riot at parties. She can turn the most mundane details of a day into witty poetry, and find a way to connect it all to God’s higher plan for us.
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Short stories with lasting effects in: JOURNEYS OFF THE ROAD

Rating: 4.5
In JOURNEYS OFF THE ROAD, Hilfiker offers a motley collection of short stories whose focus ranges from World War II Germany to man’s relationship with nature.
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Stories that elicit eerie anticipation in: NIGHTMARES - UNHINGED

Rating: 4.5
Often floating between reality and another realm, these dark stories inspire a spectrum of emotions and an eeriness that incites the imagination.
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Rich character studies in: ENDINGS—Poetry and Prose

Rating: 5
Poe pulls back the curtain on some desperate characters, from a gay man looking for love in the wrong places, to a tormented boy who wants to be a tiger, to a woman who’d rather die than spend another night with her violent husband.
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Fantastical, weird, and macabre stories resonant: WITH A VOICE THAT IS OFTEN STILL CONFUSED BUT IS BECOMING EVER LOUDER AND CLEARER

Rating: 4
Hamantaschen’s collection of nine short stories displays a wide-ranging writing style that is a deft blend of horror, the bizarre and literary pop-culture.
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An out of this world mystery in: SUNSPOTS

Rating: 3.5
The night shift of a space ship finds themselves in a deadly predicament.
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We Regret to Inform You: Stories

Rating: 4
A boy attempts to break the world record egg-and-spoon race time, a crass man awakens from cryogenic sleep only to learn he’s dying, an already distant father begins to turn into a stone statue, and other short stories examine masculinity, relationships, and how humans ache to connect.
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Wild Dragon Soul

Rating: 3
WILD DRAGON SOUL: TALES ABOUT A JOURNEY TO FIND THE INNER ARTIST is a collection of colorful and creative short stories centered on different characters that are trying to find their places in the unique worlds they inhabit.
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Cars and Other Things That Get Around

Rating: 3
CARS AND OTHER THINGS THAT GET AROUND is a collection of short stories dealing with the ranges of human life from getting ready for a first date, to losing a loved one, to realizing how unfair life can really be.
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The Bird Room

Rating: 3
THE BIRD ROOM is an eclectic gathering of short stories, some of which fit neatly into the traditional horror genre, though most of them are completely and wholly psychological horror stories.
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24 Tales to Pass the Time

Rating: 3.5
A collection of short slice-of-life stories with odd twists, strange premises, and quirky characters.
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Snakebite Remedy

Rating: 3.5
SNAKEBITE REMEDY is a collection of eleven short stories, ten poems and one play. The author Timothy L. Huffman subtitles this volume “short works sharp teeth.” Indeed, the stronger stories are both short and sharp.
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School Days

Rating: 3
SCHOOL DAYS is a loosely-bound series of vignettes concerning the lives of students at Weeping Willow High, a school that is aptly named indeed.
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Wheels Up

Rating: 4
WHEELS UP is the story of Steve Taylor’s life from childhood through his retirement as Senior Captain for Delta Airlines.
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No Turning Back

Rating: 3.5
A collection of short stories, mainly science fiction, with the author's commentary on the writing process.
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Shorts

Rating: 4.5
A series of very short slice-of-life stories on topics both poignant and funny.
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Split Rock Road

Rating: 4.5
The 20 original short stories contained in James McAllen’s SPLIT ROCK ROAD are a diverse look at humanity.
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This Is Where It Gets Interesting

Rating: 2
The short stories in THIS IS WHERE IT GETS INTERESTING rarely do. Matthews is a Chicago-based short story writer who, like many others, aspires to writing quirky tales that take unexpected turns and lead to surprise endings.
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Night Flares: Six Tales Of The Vietnam War

Rating: 3
The stories emanating from any war tell of inhumane treatments on both sides. These five thinly fictionalized tales and one word poem are no exception – and they seem to describe truth as the journalist-author and his Vietnamese comrades in arms experienced it.