Long Lost James M. Cain Story Published in Strand Magazine

May 30, 2023 admin 0

Decades after it was put away with his other papers in the Library of Congress, James M. Cain’s short story “Blackmail” has finally been published. Cain was known for his gritty noir settings in novels such as Double Indemnity and The Postman Always Rings Twice. The author has had more modern adaptations of his work than any noir author and has been cited as a formative influence on modern writers such as Michael Connelly, Laura Lippman, […]

Fiction: The Village Teacher and Other Stories by Theodore Odrach

July 25, 2022 admin 0

Theodore Odrach was born Theodore Sholomitsky in 1912 outside of Pinsk, Belarus. At the age of nine, he was arrested for a petty crime by the authorities. Without his parents’ knowledge, he was sent to a reform school in Vilnius, Lithuania (then under Polish rule). Released at the age of 18, he entered what is now Vilnius University, studying philosophy and ancient history. With the Soviet invasion in 1939, he fled Vilnius and returned to […]


Fiction: Migrations by J.L. Torres

June 9, 2021 admin 0

Migrations, the latest short story collection from award-winning Puerto Rican writer J.L. Torres, takes us inside the lives of the self-exiled. A womanizing “sucio” goes to an underground clinic for therapy to end his machista ways and is accidentally transitioned. Ex-gangbangers try to keep their troubled, gifted son from the gangsta lifestyle promoted by an emerging music called hip-hop. Dead and stuck “between somewhere and nowhere,” the great Puerto Rican baseball icon Roberto Clemente must […]

From the Land of Genesis

Fiction: From the Land of Genesis by Stephen O’Shea

November 12, 2020 admin 0

Documentarian and explorer Stephen O’Shea  has written From the Land of Genesis, a book of creative non-fiction essays offering vivid slices of post-war life. The collection is intended to illustrate the hardships of normal life after living wartime experiences. O’Shea travelled the globe interviewing veterans and taking special care to authentically portray the veteran experience at home. The result is a literary fiction and narrative nonfiction hybrid, with fictional characters and settings, but references and […]

Ageless Authors Publish Anthology

January 3, 2020 admin 0

More than book signings, events for senior writers feature multiple aspiring older writers reading award-winning works from new anthology. A vibrant collection of pieces by an eclectic group of older writers….” — Kirkus Reviews Prize-winning tales are about to be told all across the West by the senior storytellers of Ageless Authors. To celebrate the launch of their new anthology, DANG, I Wish I Hadn’t Done That, and herald the group’s current writing competition, writers […]

Collection of Short Stories by Acclaimed Armenian Writer Karine Khodikyan

November 21, 2019 admin 0

The short fiction of Karine Khodikyan can be described as intellectual fiction for women. These short stories with a “mystical touch” tell stories about women – young and old, happy and sad; even when the protagonist is not a woman, the immerses the reader into the life of a woman, revealing her role in anything and everything. Karine Khodikyan is an acclaimed playwright, screenwriter, fiction writer and journalist. She was the editor of the fiction […]

For the Love of Short Fiction

October 24, 2018 admin 0

As November and National Novel Writing Month zoom towards us, author Sam Wiebe makes a case for economy with a push on the art of the short story and #ShortStoryReadingMonth, a initiative he’s made on Twitter. In a Facebook post a few weeks ago, Wiebe stated his case. “Let’s put Novel Writing Month on hold in favour of Short Story Reading Month. Thirty days of studying concise well-crafted short fiction is probably more valuable than […]

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September 18, 2017 admin 0

Need some fantastic reading, and you need it right now? Jon McGregor (Reservoir 13, Even the Dogs) rounds up his “Top 10 contemporary short stories” for The Guardian:   This list, then, is not hierarchical or canonical. My choices are, simply, 10 tales from this century that I have read and that I think do something interesting or startling or just downright swoony with the form of the short story. Clicking on the titles will […]