The newest issue of Bourbon Penn is live and contains a story by Stephen Graham Jones called "The Dead are Not". Now, I took the time to read this story because I've heard a lot of people raving about Jones' work. His writing is beautiful and he kept me reading but I felt like something was missing. He did keep me thinking about the ending and wondering about the characters which is a good thing for a story.
The truth is I've come across this a lot lately, those stories that are beautifully written but don't seem to tell much of a story. Or stories that suck you in but leave you feeling empty when you finish reading them. I enjoy the writing but I want more. I want story with a beginning, a middle, and an end that actually goes somewhere and accomplishes something other than being beautifully written. What about you? Do you care if a story has a satisfying ending or do you enjoy stories that leave you hanging off the edge of a story cliff?