I chose my top 5 stories of the year at Chris Rhatigan’s Death By Killing blog today. Drop over there and see who I chose. I know you’re waiting with bated breath. Or with baited breath, like the cat who ate the cheese. (And then cut the cheese. I had to get a fart joke in here somewhere).
I’ve been honored to be chosen by a few of my fellow writers in their top 5 stories of the year. Truly an honor and an inspiration to work even harder. Thank you all.
Nigel Bird liked “Candle” which you can read at Grift Magazine:
It’s a wonderful tale as TP keeps his foot off the gas. The events are almost incidental, but the story packed in there is huge. I really loved it.
R. Thomas Brown picked “The Forest for the Trees” which is at The Flash Fiction Offensive:
I felt for the young couple struggling to find their place, and particularly for Paulie as he fought against bigotry of many forms and handled himself with the kind of confidence and class you’d hope to see in someone. His affection feels genuine, which makes the ending hurt even more.
Sandra Seamans chose “The Uncleared” at Twist of Noir:
“You don’t expect a happy ending when you start reading this story, but the ending still slaps you in the face and leaves you reeling.”