I adore short fiction. There’s something incredible in its brevity that focuses on a flash of an emotion. When done right, you’re subjected to a flash fire of intensity, captured by powerful language. I’ve been a great fan of anthologies and collections, but am only stretching to the wonderful short fiction available online.
I’ve also decided to signal boost when possible of all the great stories I encounter, which won’t be that many, since I’m a slow reader, but here are the stories that have excited me recently. Links are in the titles:
“A Cup of Salt Tears” by Isabel Yap: This one is gorgeous story that tackles one of my favorite mythological creatures from Japanese folklore – the kappa. It’s incredibly quiet and therein lies its power.
“Anna Saves Them All” by Seth Dickinson: Aliens coming to annihilate Earth, but done right with the slow revelation of a horrendous backstory that takes your breath at the end. This is how writing should be – with a punch.
“No Sweeter Art” by Tony Pi: Ancient China, assassination attempt, the Zodiac spirits and a magic based on animating caramel sculptures. It’s incredibly imaginative and magical. Tony Pi has an effortless style that takes you to the end in a heartbeat.
I suggest you check all of these wonderful people.