Once again (well, again if we go back to 2007, I think there was some beyond major slacking in 2008) I'm hoping to treat May as Short Story Month, as in National Short Story Month, or even International Short Story Month, and hope others will join in the enjoyment of the shorter form of fiction with me.
My goal each day will be to find three stories to read and blog about - one from a collection that maybe I've held onto a little too long, should have finished and reviewed by now, etc; one from a print journal; and one from an online journal.
By month's end, if all goals are met, just under 100 short stories will have been read and commented upon. I hope to meet these goals, if only because it means I'll have scared up the time to read nearly 100 short stories!
I've started a bit early and found a great story from the online journal, Juked, published earlier this month by Stephen Graham Jones, titled How Billy Hanson Destroyed the Planet Earth, and Everyone On It. I think one of the best features of Jones' story is how he stretches out the cause of the destroying of planet Earth for quite some time, and then with between 10 and 15% of the story remaining, it becomes pretty clear what might have happened, and then completely clear, and somehow the story still maintains its tension right on up until the end. Even though we, the reader, understand what has happened to cause what will happen, and know what will happen, it's still necessary to read until it happens. It's an impressive feat on Jones' part. Go on, click that link above and go enjoy.