I’ve been having fun with my Short Story a Day challenge. I’m finding it pushes me to read something even on days I feel like I’m too busy to read. I confess, though, a few days ago when I had to finish a huge deadline, I missed a day and ended up reading two short stories the next day to make up for it.
Of the eight titles I’ve read (technically this post should read “Short Story a Day Update: The First Eight Days”), I chose six of the stories and the other two were random picks from my Short Story Box. I’ve also been posting each story to a new Short Story a Day Tumblr blog I set up, and to Instagram, mainly to keep myself accountable.
“Three-Dot Po” by Sara Paretsky, from The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries, edited by Otto Penzler.
“The Burglar and the Whatsit” by Donald E. Westlake, from The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries, edited by Otto Penzler.
“Firefly” by Haruki Murakami, from Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman.
“The Snow Child” by Angela Carter, from The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories.
“The Courtship of Mr. Lyon” by Angela Carter, from The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories.
“The Werewolf” by Angela Carter, from The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories. (This one was a very dark flash story.)
“The Toy Theater” by Gene Wolfe, from The Best of Gene Wolfe.
“Toujours” by Kathe Koja, from Blood and Other Cravings, edited by Ellen Datlow.
My favourite was Angela Carter’s “The Courtship of Mr. Lyon”, a retelling of “Beauty and the Beast. Unlike the other two short stories of hers that I read, this one wasn’t as dark.
I’m not sure I quite understood the Haruki Murakami story, and I felt like I missed something in Gene Wolfe’s “Toy Theater”. Still, I did enjoy reading them. I think the Murakami story could use a reread to get the full depth of it.