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Short Story Highlight of the Week 6/8/20

Every week I attempt to highlight a wonderful short story I read somewhere off-site. As a recent subscriber of the unique Barrelhouse, this week I can’t help but recommend “Sousathon,” by Tom Weller. “Sousathon” is a story told through the lens of an event. Like the main character of the story, the tale itself grows […]

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Outside Recommendations

Short Story Highlight – Week of June 1, 2020

This week I’m going to stay close to home, so to speak, and recommend Mike Bonnet’s short story “Olive and Jasmine” from Halfway Down the Stairs. In the spirit of transparency, my own short story “Route 22” is included in the 51st publication, with the theme of Upside Down, and of course I recommend all […]

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Book Reviews, New and Old

Review of Extinction Events by Liz Breazeale

This past week I read Extinction Events, by author Liz Breazeale. This book won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Fiction in 2018. What is interesting about this short story collection, is that there is a distinctive theme that runs throughout. Many times a short story collection has a theme that is “pasted” on, but […]

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Interviews with Literary Journals

Interview with Beth from Gone Lawn Literary Magazine

One of the things we hope to achieve is to highlight other literary magazines we enjoy reading. Beth Gordon, the co-editor of Gone Lawn Literary Journal was gracious to grant us an interview providing an inside look at their literary journal as it nears its ten year anniversary. (Transcript of Interview, below.). Here is a […]

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Book Reviews, New and Old

Review of Jen Julian’s Earthly Delights: and other Apocalypses

The past few days I’ve had the pleasure of reading the short story collection Earthly Delights: and other Apocalypses, by author Jen Julian. (aside: she also drew this whimsical portrayal of the world’s coolest insect, the praying mantis). Earthly Delights won the 2018 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction. What I love about literary magazines, […]