Here are the best short stories I read in January. Please note:
• Not all stories are from this month. Some outlets publish quarterly, others every two months, etc. These are simply some of the tales I read in December.
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Best story(ies) I read:
I still can’t get over this story. It punched me in the head, I wasn’t expecting the twist and it speaks to the author’s ability to direct your thinking before shattering your world. Excellent story, epic sadness and creepiness. A+++++
Best of the rest (in no particular order)
This short tale was a great read and a different take on the ol’ clone thing. The writing is crisp and unlike most clone stories, this tale is about the human and not the actual clone. Well worth a read.
Heart-wrenching story about loss and cats, excellently written.
Great characters? Check. Tension? Check. Emotional depth? Check. Dancing trolls? Check. Original and attention grabbing, Maria has written yet another wonderful story.
A very atmospheric story with tension aplenty. Well worth the read and January’s The Dark Magazine is a great. Also, great first line – The thunderbird had left two carcasses by the barn overnight.
Prize for the best use of weather. This tale tugs at the heart strings and the atmosphere is palpable. Great story and a strong edition of Lucent Dreaming, you should definitely check it out.
What were your favourite short stories that you read in January?