I haven’t done as much online short story reading this year, as I have done in the past. But there are some sites that always deliver. So, I thought I’d pick from those sites some stories from writers that were new to me in 2012 and made immediate impact. All of these stories are lean and mean and deliver short, sharp, shocks.
Fishing by Dyer Wilk at Shotgun Honey.
A Redheaded Woman by Chris Leek at The Flash Fiction Offensive
Rundown Dog by Gareth Spark at Near To the Knuckle.
The Banyan Tree by Joe Clifford at Near To The Knuckle
A First Time For Everything by Bill Baber at Shotgun Honey
Bio: Spinetingler Award nominee Paul D. Brazill has had bits and bobs of short fiction published in various magazines and anthologies, including The Mammoth Books Of Best British Crime 8 and 10,and he has edited the anthologies True Brit Grit & Off The Record 2– with Luca Veste - and Drunk On The Moon 1 and 2. His ebooks Red Esperanto, Death On A Hot Afternoon, 13 Shots Of Noir, Vin Of Venus (with David Cranmer & Garnett Elliot ) and Snapshots are out now, and his novellas The Gumshoe and Guns Of Brixton will be out pretty damned soon. His blog is here.