Happy New Year, Everyone!!
I read a lot of short stories this year so picking just ten of my online favorites was one of the most difficult things I've done this year. In no particular order here are a few of my favorites:
Pox by Patti Abbott
Patti had so many stories published this year that it was hard to pick just one, but I really loved Pox and the way she stretched her writing muscles into the Western genre.
Winter by Heart by Charles Dodd White
I discovered Mr. White a couple of years ago and his stories always blow me away with their tragic endings. He writes sadness beautifully.
Triangulation by Anonymous 9
I'm always fearful when I read one of Anon-9's stories. She has a knack for turning my stomach at times but this story was different from her usual fare and a wonderfully written story.
A Job for Two by Eric Beetner
I love humorous crime stories and Eric just really nails the humor here.
Dust Clouds by Jane Hammons
Ms. Hammons is one of the newer writers I discovered this year. She had a great story over at Shotgun Honey called Mapping the Territory but Dust Clouds really blew me away.
White People Problems by Thomas Pluck
Thomas also had a slew of stories published this year but I really loved this one. For me, it hit the cozy side of mystery and as I read it I kept thinking he could have grabbed a spot at EQ or AHMM with this story.
The Rapture of Amee Grape by Brad Green
If you're looking for a prime example of noir, The Rapture of Amee Grape is your story. It doesn't get any darker than this.
In the Wee Hours by John M. Floyd
I've been a big fan of John's for a long time. He has a wonderful sense of humor that just makes this story work on so many levels.
The Dead Never Forget by Tina Lonergan
I figured this for a ghost story when I first started reading but the haunting is so much deeper. A great piece of flash by a writer who was new to me.
Mcdojo by Gerard Brennan
Mr. Brennan just really rocked the ridiculous with this wonderful flash piece.