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2013 Short Story #1

I'm attempting to revive this "community" after not touching it for most of 2012. Every year I have a plan of reading 365 short stories. One for each day of the year. I encourage folks to join me by setting your own personal goal for the year: it can be a story a day, a story a week, a story a month, or just "more short stories and novellas than I read last year." And I encourage you to use this open community to post about the stories you read. Who knows, you could introduce me to something I've never read before, and for that I would be thankful.

I plan to make a post linking to good quality free short story sites for folks who want to read more stories but don't want to spend money on anthologies, and I plan to talk up projects from editors I know. I'll also post my 2012 totals at some point this week. But for right now, here's the first entry for 2013:

1. THE GLASS FLOOR by Stephen King, most recently reprinted in Cemetery Dance #68. This early King story has only seen print twice before: originally in Starlight Mystery Stories in the late 60s and then again in Weird Tales in 1990. Even early King is better than some writers at the end of their career. There's no real surprise to this story. I was pretty sure of where it was headed as soon as the titular floor was mentioned. But King does build a wonderfully gothic sense of foreboding throughout the story, and should be commended for giving us a story with two sympathetic antagonists -- antagonistic towards each other, but neither one "the good guy" or "the bad guy," as the author himself points out. Thanks, CD, for bringing back this otherwise hard-to-find story.



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Jan. 3rd, 2013 02:57 am (UTC)
I'm glad to see you reviving this community! I'll try to step up my participation too. I doubt I'll end up reviewing every story I read--that turned out to be a not-so-workable goal for me--but maybe I'll write a review anytime I read a particularly good story. Something is better than nothing, right? ;)

I'm halfway through a Stephen Millhauser story that I'm liking a lot. I'll finish it before bed tonight, and maybe I'll get a review written up tomorrow!
Jan. 3rd, 2013 04:34 am (UTC)
Oooo, Millhauser. I keep meaning to read his anthology "Dangerous Laughter." It was on my "To Be Read Challenge" list two years running, and I dropped it off of this year's list. I do enjoy him.

Looking forward to your participation at whatever level. I'm going to hold myself a bit more accountable this year, even if sometimes I end up switching to Lists instead of individual story reviews when I hit those crunch times (like when I proofread the ebook version of each month's issue of LIGHTSPEED magazine).
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