Best British Short Stories 2021



Edited by Nicholas Royle

My previous reviews of Nicholas Royle: Salt Publishing: Best British Short Stories:

Stories by Tom Bromley, Yasmine Lever, Meave Haughey, Simon Okotie, AJ Ashworth, Uschi Gatward, Emma Bolland, Gary Budden, Mel Pryor, Hilaire, Alice Jolly, Julia Armfield, Roberta Dewa, John Foxx, Jen Calleja, Douglas Thompson, Isha Karki, Matthew Turner, Josephine Galvin, Iphgenia Baal.

For anyone interested in modern short stories, I would be grateful if they could please mention to others my endless journey into the stories of Elizabeth Bowen whom I consider to be the greatest experimental and traditional pioneer of these. I don’t think any reviewer has travelled such a public journey before, with amazing discoveries along the way, including her many elBOWs! This includes her collected, uncollected and once previously unpublished stories. I am currently about two shadowy thirds through this literary adventure, and it started here:

My real-time review of BBSS 2021 will appear in the comment stream below in due course…

Nightscript #6



Edited by C.M. Muller

My previous reviews of Nightscript and C.M. Muller:

Stories by Timothy Dodd, LC von Hessen, Tom Johnstone, Ralph Robert Moore, Julia Rust, Jeremy Schliewe, Dan Coxon, Charles Wilkinson, Christi Nogle, Alexander James, Francesco Corigliano, Selene dePackh, Kurt Newton, James Owens, J.R. Hamantaschen, Amelia Gorman, and Gary Budden.

When I read this book, my thoughts will appear in the comment stream below…

Uncertainties IV


The Swan River Press MMXX

Edited by Timothy J. Jarvis

My previous reviews of this publisher: and of this editor as author:

Stories by Rebecca Lloyd, Lucie McKnight Hardy, Brian Evenson, Kristine Ong Muslim, Gary Budden, Anna Tambour, John Darnielle, Camilla Grudova, Marian Womack, Charles Wilkinson, Nadia Bulkin, Aliya Whiteley, D.P. Watt, Claire Dean.

When I read this book, my thoughts will appear in the comment stream below…

Year’s Best Weird Fiction: Vol. 4


My previous reviews of UNDERTOW PUBLICATIONS are linked from HERE

Edited by Helen Marshall and Michael Kelly

Stories by Aki Schilz, Katie Knoll, Jeffrey Ford, Irenosen Okojie, Sarah Tolmie, Dale Bailey, Usman T. Malik, Daisy Johnson, Octavia Cade, Sam J. Miller, Indrapramit Das, Johanna Sinisalo, Camilla Grudova, Gary Budden, Malcolm Devlin.

When I review this anthology, my thoughts will appear in the comment stream below…



My previous reviews of TTA Press Publications HERE

Stories by Georgina Bruce, V.H. Leslie, Ray Cluley, Gary Budden, Tyler Keevil, Tim Casson.

When I real-time review the stories in this magazine, my comments will be found in the thought stream below or by clicking on this post’s title above.