“When a Stranger Comes to Town will give you the very best of what crime fiction should deliver. Means, opportunity, and obsession—right?”
This is the latest in Akashic Books city noir series set in Africa. The 13 stories visit various locations in Accra, all of which show the poverty but hope of the people who survive there.
The world of fantasy is alive with short fiction, and those wild-growing stories are bundled together by a league of anthologists who carefully arrange tales by theme.
The Best American Short Stories anthology has been published yearly and without interruption since 1915.
Anthologies are a lot of fun.
“Long before immigration was a topic we debated daily, sometimes hourly, Edwidge Danticat wrote for, and about, immigrants.”
“The seven stories in Hunter’s Moon feature a recurring cast of men and women, and in each tale a new aspect of their character is revealed.
“definitely a book that should be on the list of all noir lovers.”
“If Jorge Luis Borges’ fables had deep human dimension, they would read like Chiang’s tales; Chiang’s writing deserves to be treated with equal respect and reverence.”
“Hempel’s stripped-down prose carries enormous emotional weight. Her writing is devoid of all clichés.
“Scenes from the Heartland is a book to read for anyone interested in American values and history, told in lingering prose that sinks into the soul.”
“Although Amsterdam Noir doesn’t hit the heights of other entries in the city noir anthology series, it remains an appealing compendium, with welcome doses of local color and atmos
The seven stories that make up this collection were originally published in China between 1987 and 1991, early in the author’s career.
Diane Williams’ work represents a genuine avant-garde in American short fiction.
“its inventiveness and the vividness of Bunch’s language create a terrain that is both deeply weird, unnervingly familiar, and well worth a visit.”
“The collection’s prevailing tone may be that of quiet melancholy, but it is suffused with joy.”
“This welcome debut collection of his Irish stories will find ready readers overseas.”
“tender and heartbreaking, whimsical and moving—all finely crafted.”
“These stories are indeed strange, but no stranger than the political and moral universe we now inhabit, although infinitely more pleasurable and enticing.”
Thoreau’s observation that “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation” comes to mind while reading William Trevor’s short stories.
“Serious stories, taking in the main a hard line on reality, and any gray scale would show them on the dark end of the spectrum.”
". . . rare but brilliant short story collection . . ."
"Faye’s prose seduces readers . . ."
Writer Michael Sims, on a recent New York Times Book Review podcast, called Sherlock Holmes the “first modern super hero.”
Crime fiction and suspense author Lawrence Block has been publishing for more than 50 years, and his latest offering is a case study in the crafting of a successful anthology of fiction: begin with
Is there poetry after Auschwitz? Is there horror after the massacre in Orlando?