2015 Recap: #ShortStories Read

SHORT STORIES READ IN 2015

That’s right. Here is the list of short stories I read in 2015. It took me too long to put this post together, so I hope you all get some use out of the list. It’s not easy to copy and paste this much data and the table itself…then search the internet for all the stories to link. Most are linked, and the authors’ websites are linked too. A few are not linked because it seems stories have been unpublished/taken down since the time I read them. Not exactly sure what’s up with that, but I’m not those authors, so I can’t tell you the reasoning.

Either way, there are 203 total stories listed and probably around 190 you can go out and read. 90% (estimate) are free to read. Many of them were also audio-reads found on Librivox. I could have linked to the free audio, but instead I stuck with ebook links. It was a little faster that way. Definitely check out Librivox anyway. Thousands of free audiobooks of public domain work. No reason to stay away from that!

I might do a Best of 2015 sort of post soon. I’m still not sure about that. At the very least, I’ll be posting on Facebook/Twitter to highlight some of the more memorable reads from 2015. Without a clear plan in mind, I figured getting you this list would be somewhat helpful in the year to come. Single short stories tend to go unappreciated in the grand scheme. I’ll always try to keep up short story awareness (should I hashtag that?).

Enjoy, if you check some out. And enjoy 2016!

P.S – Don’t forget about the bottom of the post. There’s a question down there…

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Title Author Name Genre
Last First
1 When You’re Gone Summers Eli LGBT
2 The Ideal Weinbaum Stanley G. Sci-fi
3 Moxon’s Master Bierce Ambrose Sci-fi
4 What Was It? O’Brien Fitz-James Sci-fi
5 The 4-D Doodler Waldeyer Graph Sci-fi
6 The Toy Shop Harrison Harry Sci-fi
7 Martian V.F.W. Vandenburg G.L. Sci-fi
8 The Repairman Harrison Harry Sci-fi
9 Bread Overhead Leiber Fritz Sci-fi
10 The Banshee Anonymous   Horror
11 Accessory Before the Fact Blackwood Algernon Horror
12 The Worlds of If Weinbaum Stanley G. Sci-fi
13 Vicarious Fate Prioleau R.M. Fantasy
14 The Point of View Weinbaum Stanley G. Sci-fi
15 A Martian Odyssey Weinbaum Stanley G. Sci-fi
16 Accidental Death Baily Peter Sci-fi
17 The Good Neighbors Pangborn Edgar Sci-fi
18 Advanced Chemistry Huekels Jack G. Sci-fi
19 And All the Earth a Grave MacApp C.C. Sci-fi
20 The Image of the Gods Nourse Alan E. Sci-fi
21 The Selfish Giant Wilde Oscar Fairy Tale
22 The Horla Maupassant Guy de Horror
23 Oh, Whistle and I’ll Come to You, My Lad James M.R. Horror
24 Mandy Cain Agee Jamie Erotica
25 The Mage of Dunnyduff Hill Findlay Louise Poetry
26 Lost Hearts James M.R. Horror
27 The Mezzotint James M.R. Horror
28 The Ash-Tree James M.R. Horror
29 The End Zwain Maxwell Horror
30 By the Waters of Babylon Benet Steven Vincent Sci-fi
31 Hermit Brown-Hobson JJ Literary
32 A Twisted Fairytale Urquhart Anna Horror
33 Night Surf King Stephen Horror
34 Trucks King Stephen Horror
35 The End of the Whole Mess King Stephen Horror
36 Vampire Story Byrnes Gary J. Horror
37 The Lawnmower Man King Stephen Horror
38 Number 13 James M.R. Horror
39 Brea’s Brand New Breasts Nichon Aimee Erotica
40 The Valley of the Spiders Wells H.G. Fantasy
41 Valley of Dreams Weinbaum Stanley G. Sci-fi
42 Pygmalion’s Spectacles Weinbaum Stanley G. Sci-fi
43 Sherlock Holmes: Discovering the Border Burghs and, by Deduction, the Brig Bazaar Anonymous   Mystery
44 The Hairbrush Raimbault Tom Horror
45 Dumbass Barton S.A. Sci-fi
46 Beside Still Waters Sheckley Robert Sci-fi
47 In a Far-Off World Schreiner Olive Literary
48 How Old Man Above Created the World Judson Katharine Berry Mythology
49 Conjured Lover Raimbault Tom Fantasy
50 Spider Stephenson Richard Dystopian
51 Boundless Warren D Lee Thriller
52 Roadside Assistance Winship Thomas Literary
53 Finis Pollack Frank K. Sci-fi
54 Nice Weather We’re Having Today Barton S.A. Fantasy
55 Song in A Minor Key Moore C.L. Sci-fi
56 Spacemen Never Die! Hersman Morris Sci-fi
57 Benefactor Smith George H. Sci-fi
58 Collector’s Item Young Robert F. Sci-fi
59 Compatible Smith Richard R. Sci-fi
60 Planet of Dreams McKimmey James Sci-fi
61 Native Son Hamm T.D. Sci-fi
62 One Martian Afternoon Leahy Tom Sci-fi
63 I’ll Kill You Tomorrow Huber Helen Sci-fi
64 Ask a Foolish Question Sheckley Robert Sci-fi
65 Games MacClean Katherine Sci-fi
66 The Delegate From Venus Slesar Henry Sci-fi
67 The Marooner Sterns Charles A. Sci-fi
68 Silence of the Heart Ducey Natalie Poetry
69 Nobody’s Fool Ducey Natalie Poetry
70 A Life For Sale Boyce S.M. Poetry
71 The War Within Ducey Natalie Poetry
72 Love’s Illusion Ducey Natalie Poetry
73 Notes of a War-Torn Childhood Novic Sara Literary
74 Cam Girl Prevot Gabrielle Erotica
75 Ride Me Hard Slade Shari Erotica
76 No Hiding Place Smith Richard R. Sci-fi
77 The Boscombe Valley Mystery Doyle Arthur Conan Mystery
78 The Five Orange Pips Doyle Arthur Conan Mystery
79 A Sexual Awakening I Desmond P.R. Erotica
80 A Sexual Awakening II Desmond P.R. Erotica
81 The Man with the Twisted Lip Doyle Arthur Conan Mystery
82 Jurassic Jane Eyre Sessarego Carrie Erotica
83 Galatea Miller Madeline Literary
84 A Life in a Year Connor Shae LGBTQ
85 The Hazel Branch Grimm Brothers Fairy Tale
86 The Ear of Corn Grimm Brothers Fairy Tale
87 The Aged Mother Grimm Brothers Fairy Tale
88 Eating the Moon Kos Eleanor Paranormal
89 Asteroid P.S. Brett Sci-fi
90 The Carmichael Mystery Garcia Jeanine A. Mystery
91 Notes Sapp Danika Mystery
92 Death in the Wilderness von Stoller Drac Horror
93 The First Notch Salvatore R.A. Fantasy
94 Dark Mirror Salvatore R.A. Fantasy
95 The Third Level Salvatore R.A. Fantasy
96 Guenhyvar Salvatore R.A. Fantasy
97 That Curious Sword Salvatore R.A. Fantasy
98 Wickles in the Nether Salvatore R.A. Fantasy
99 The Dowry Salvatore R.A. Fantasy
100 First Kiss Thomas J. YA/LGBT
101 Conrades at Odds Salvatore R.A. Fantasy
102 If Ever They Happened Upon My Lair Salvatore R.A. Fantasy
103 Iruladoon Salvatore R.A. Fantasy
104 To Legend He Goes Salvatore R.A. Fantasy
105 The Summer Dress Armstrong W.R. Mystery
106 Unfinished Coopa Arla Erotica
107 The Prom Kids Kaye Verity YA/LGBT
108 Lady of Steel Zelazny Roger Fantasy
109 Origins Erwine J Alan Sci-fi
110 Empathy Scribner Joshua Horror
111 Fly Away Scribner Joshua Horror
112 Foreign Objects Scribner Joshua Horror
113 Life After Connor Shae LGBTQ
114 Craving Scribner Joshua Horror
115 100 Scribner Joshua Horror
116 Come Out Scribner Joshua Horror
117 New World Justice Scribner Joshua Horror
118 Terrible Noise Scribner Joshua Horror
119 Very Short Very Wicked Scribner Joshua Horror
120 The Last Question Asimov Isaac Sci-fi
121 Mike and Jack McComie Li Comedy
122 Baltic Dent Shane Horror
123 The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle Doyle Arthur Conan Mystery
124 Two Timer Brown Fredric Sci-fi
125 Shard Rucker Brandon L. Thriller
126 Dagon Lovecraft H.P. Horror
127 Complicated Poetry! Roche Stephane Poetry
128 I Left My Heart in New York Roche Stephane Poetry
129 Engaged 3×12 Masterson Daniel Sci-fi
130 Sunny Day Connor Shae LGBTQ
131 In the Shadow Mouvia Nikolas Horror
132 The End of the World Mouvia Nikolas Sci-fi
133 Ghost Rewards Coopa Arla Erotica
134 Possessive Love Coopa Arla Erotica
135 Ghost Seed Coopa Arla Erotica
136 Gone Grey Shane Thriller
137 Summer (and after) James L. Jordan Poetry
138 Sarah’s Short Travel Blog Fulton Tiffany YA
139 The Righteous Government Kaye Verity Sci-fi
140 Not Alone Coopa Arla Erotica
141 The Time of the Nephilim Ellis Tara Sci-fi
142 An Unexpected Date Hatler Susan Romance
143 An Unexpected Kiss Hatler Susan Romance
144 The Time Being Honeywell Antonia Dystopian
145 The Viscount and the Witch Sullivan Michael J. Fantasy
146 The Homecoming Bradbury Ray Horror
147 Professional Integrity Sullivan Michael J. Fantasy
148 Love Bites Edward Lacey Paranormal
149 During the Dance Lawrence Mark Paranormal
150 The Morning Rempfer Derek Literary
151 Good Bones Erickson Megan LGBT
152 Chance Encounter Warren Nancy Romance
153 Serendipity: Not So Sweet Sahgal Vasudha Romance
154 Tale of Sir Red Embers Dan Historical
155 The Sunshine Club Campbell Ramsey Horror
156 Nine Ladies Dancing Barbosa Jackie Romance
157 Strawberries & Cream Tyler Shyreen Mystery
158 An Unexpected Love Hatler Susan Romance
159 It Doesn’t Snow in November Semtex Jimmy Boom Erotica
160 The Falconry Castillo Angela Fantasy
161 Underground Pound: Ashley’s Bareback Subway Ride Sand Marisa Erotica
162 The Adventure of the Speckled Band Doyle Arthur Conan Mystery
163 An Unexpected Proposal Hatler Susan Romance
164 A Christmas Princess Gränd Ofelia LGBT
165 A Public Love Story Gränd Ofelia Thriller
166 Dreaming of a Silent Christmas Slaton Lawrence S. Mystery
167 Love Me, Punish Me Fox Caia Erotica
168 The Contest: Round 1 Mia Candace Erotica
169 The Contest: Round 2 Mia Candace Erotica
170 The Contest: Round 3 Mia Candace Erotica
171 The Contest: Round 4 Mia Candace Erotica
172 My Zombie Mate Kennedy Kevin J. Horror
173 The Night Before College Sones Sonya Literary
174 The Proposal Shea Lisa Romance
175 An Unexpected Wedding Hatler Susan Romance
176 Fragments of an Ancient God Thompson H.K. Mythology
177 Cowgirl Singer Jenna Erotica
178 Humanity Cook Samantha Sci-fi
179 The Sleeper Dreamed Carsen Sela Fantasy
180 Dance of the Shadows Huddlestone Michael Horror
181 Ivy League Loftis Janet L. Erotica
182 Satiated Elise Sadie Erotica
183 How to Feed a Meter Fortier A.E. Humor
184 Late Night Stroll Garnett Phill Horror
185 Peggy in the Valley Fortier A.E. Literary
186 A Heart’s Tale Hays J.L. Horror
187 The Reflection, Only Hers Lane Jeremy Mark Ghost
188 Totally Mine Lanmon Ann Romance
189 The Jester Sullivan Michael J. Fantasy
190 Reluctant Genius Slesar Henry Sci-fi
191 We Didn’t Do Anything Wrong, Hardly Kuykendall Roger Sci-fi
192 Moment of Truth Wells Basil Sci-fi
193 Spies Die Hard! Marmor Arnold Sci-fi
194 Prelude to Space Haseltime Robert W. Sci-fi
195 Earthmen Bearing Gifts Brown Fredric Sci-fi
196 Disqualified Fontenay Charles L. Sci-fi
197 Deceiving Shadows Songling Pu Sci-fi
198 Egocentric Orbit Cory John Sci-fi
199 The Untouchable Kallis Stephen A. Sci-fi
200 Quiet, Please Scott Kevin Sci-fi
201 Bringing Stan In Rochester Julia Literary
202 The Adventure of the Engineer’s Thumb Doyle Arthur Conan Mystery
203 A Breach of Security Hill Susan Crime

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Question: Have you read any of these? I read a WIDE variety of stories (ok, and technically single published poems, but I count those) in 2015. So many genres are present here. I’d love to hear about some of your favorite short stories you read in 2015. I’m always on the look-out for more. It’s a great way to get over a book slump or to kill a few minutes of the day when a novel can’t really be tackled.

#Review: Breaking Dawn, by @ReginaPucket

Title: Breaking Dawn
Author: Regina Puckett
Rating: 4.5/5 stars

No description for this book. But to find a list of the poems in this collection, they are listed on the Goodreads page.

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I listened to this collection via the audiobook format. I feel that the audio helped bring out the rhythm and rhyme of each poem, and with that, the words had even more power than they would simply on the page. Since poetry is as much about the audible experience as it is the visual/textual experience, this added to my enjoyment.

I’ve read another collection of Puckett’s not too long ago, and enjoyed that one as well, but Breaking Dawn has a little extra something in the subject matter of the poems, allowing me to sit back and enjoy each one that much more.

Only reason for the half-star drop was a line here or there that was just too wordy and/or long. In these instances the meter and flow was disrupted, taking me out of the poem momentarily. But it’s only a minor issue for me as a reader, easily going unnoticed at times.

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You can grab a copy of this book from:

Amazon | Audible

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About the Author:

Regina lives in Tennessee. She has been a writer for as long as she can remember. The only way she knows to shut the voices up is to tell their stories and to let them live among the pages of her books.

She loves writing in many different genres because life is too short to be stuck in a rut.

Find out more:

#Review: Reaching for the Moon, by @ReginaPucket

Title: Reaching for the Moon
Author: Regina Puckett
Rating: 4/5 stars

No description for this book. But to find a list of the poems in this collection, they are listed on the Goodreads page.

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This was the first time I’ve read poetry from Regina Puckett, but I don’t think it’ll be my last.

This collection contains a variety of poems that all follow a similar rhyme scheme and length that made it flow nicely from one poem to the next. At times the rhyming worked great, though I’d have liked a little variety at times (I’m not a huge fan of straight-up rhyme in poetry, so this is just personal taste).

The poem covered a few different topics, but there was an overall positive, almost inspirational theme to them that gave a nice feel to it, as a whole. It’s great for readers who enjoy short poems that get to the point, having just a hint of something bigger that makes multiple readings that much more enjoyable.

I’d also like to make mention that I both read this collection and listened to the audiobook of it. Hearing the narrator read the poems, and comparing them to the way I read them, allowed me to see a few different interpretations to various aspects of the poems. The narrators accent also made for an interesting reading.

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You can grab a copy of this collection from:

Amazon | Audible

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About the Author:

Regina lives in Tennessee. She has been a writer for as long as she can remember. The only way she knows to shut the voices up is to tell their stories and to let them live among the pages of her books.

She loves writing in many different genres because life is too short to be stuck in a rut.

Find out more:

#Giveaway – Wicked Sinners (audiobook), by Charity Parkerson

Would you like a chance to win an audiobook from Charity Parkerson? Her’s your chance! Parkerson is giving way an audiobook code of her book Wicked Sinners, book 2 of her Sinners Series.

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wicked sinners

Adriana Claymore moved to Martinique to start a new life, but when she stumbles upon an ancient book, she finds herself drawn into a centuries old battle between brothers.

”Sorcier” Julien Dubois has been on the hunt for his twin, Jacques, ever since the day that Jacques stole a book of spells from him and allowed their younger brother to die.

Adriana is about to change the game, but when she gives her heart and soul to one of the brothers, she must face a difficult question. Did she lose herself to evil?

Wicked Sinners is the second installment in Charity Parkerson’s Sinners Series.

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How can you win this audiobook? All you have to do is go over to the post on Charity Parkerson’s blog, and enter!

Audiobook Giveaway

Review: Some Short Ones For Shorter Works

Over the last week or so, I’ve been going through some of the shorter pieces of fiction on my kindle. Because these aren’t full on review books and since they are short stories I don’t have very much to say about them. But despite that, as I also try to do, I write some sort of a review. Here are a few of the things I’ve been reading lately. Enjoy 🙂

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Title: In the Land of the Blind – A Zombie Story
Author: Robert Swartwood
Rating: 3/5 Stars

This was a zombie story, like the subtitle suggests. But it was an interesting take on the genre. The twist to the genre was a little confusing at first. This made me a little iffy on whether or not the story worked for me as a whole. Other elements of it worked well for me though, once I got past the reversal of the zombie label.

This short story was intriguing enough to make me want to know more about the world it was written in. What lead the world to be the way it is, etc.

I’d recommend this books to some people. Just remember to keep an open mind when beginning it. I was caught off-guard.

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Title: Real Lies
Author: Liana Brooks
Rating: 4/5 Stars

Quick short story. Enjoyable. A little strange occurrence set into a “routine” day on the job. I’d read more adventures involving this MC.

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Title: Tuned In To Love
Author: Karen Jarabek
Rating: 4/5 Stars

This short story grew on me. I wasn’t too sure if I was in to it at first because it seemed to go off on a tangent for a small section. It would have been a welcomed tangent if this were a novel, though. I feel that it would allow for a little more character development…but it wasn’t a necessary addition to this as a shorter piece. The later half of the story drew me back in, and boosted my rating a bit for it.

It’s a good read, overall. Light, not taxing at all. Great for an afternoon of relaxing.

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Title: Gilded Cage
Author: Alexandra Richland
Rating: 3/5 Stars

This was a good story. An enjoyable short read. I honestly wasn’t expecting some aspects of it and felt it was out of place for the beautifully written way it started out. I won’t tell what it was as to not spoil the story, but I feel it took away from it overall.

I wouldn’t not recommend this for someone to read. I just felt like it could have been handled a little differently. I’d pick up another story from Richland in the future.

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Title: Olalla
Author: Robert Louis Stevenson
Rating: 4/5 Stars

I’ve never heard of this story before and randomly found the audiobook (great way to get reading done while walking the dog). I’m glad I found it. Another story from R.L.S. and this time with a little vampire action.

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Title: The Polysyllabic Spree
Author: Nick Hornby
Rating: 5/5 Stars

Another great collection from Hornby. I need to get the second one of these three to read now 🙂

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Title: Taya Bayliss – Treasure Hunter
Author: E.J. Gore
Rating: 2/5 Stars

I knew this was a short story. It’s only 50 pages. But in those 50 pages almost nothing happens. The build-up is almost novel paced; it’s just that drawn out. Then the last two chapters is when something happens but it’s almost brushed over like nothing.

I think with some editing. I marked off enough errors that could have been caught with at least another read through. But also I think an editor could have suggested lengthening the story so that there was something worth reading and/or beefing up certain aspects so the characters actually became interesting (in the very least).

So, I was disappointed by this story. It’s the first in a series, not sure how this could lead to more stories. It seemed self contained enough to me.

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Title: Shrek!
Author: William Steig
Rating: 3/5 Stars

I see that the movie took many liberties with this story. I enjoyed the movie(s) a lot. This book, not as much. There were good parts. I like that Shrek just went around doing what he wanted, but I think it could have done with a little more something. Even for a children’s story, I think it was lacking. Still, it’s somewhat worth checking out, if only to see where the idea for the movie came from.


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Title: Beauty Dominates The Beast
Author: Hannah Hale
Rating: 2/5 Stars

It was starting out ok (still new to this whole erotica stuff), but then it just ends. I know the ending is implied but couldn’t there have been a few more pages to end it properly? A little disappointed in that.