There are twenty-nine excellent stories in this Summer 2021 edition of Fenechty Publishing’s Anthology of Short Stories.
Several stories were shortlisted for our editor’s choice award and it was hard to whittle things down. Eventually Life by Alex Morrison beat off the competition to become our editor’s choice for this edition. It tells the story of old family friends who meet up from time to time. Life History by Richard Underwood is also about life, but from the creation of life to the end of the universe. What Do I Have to Do to Make Electricity Work? by Jim Tritten tells us the dangers of not reading the small print.
Prisons of Perception by Steven Ross is a very perceptive account of someone with bipolar disorder. The Mechanical Dragon by Lynne Phillips is a reminder that just because we can build something doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a good idea. Fast and Steep by Mitchell Toews relives the excitement of a first toboggan ride.
L’amour by Debra Ann is a feast for all lovers of chocolate and romance, which as everyone knows, go well together. Lustre by Iwuagwu Ikechukwu shows that love can defeat prejudice. Lace and Nylon by Christina Hoag reminds us romance in the workplace may not always be a good idea.
Daisy Chain by S. L. Kretschmer is a reminder those who work with bereaved people may be bereaved themselves. Uncontrollable Growth by Mirjam Dikken shows how a life threatening disease, or the lack of one, can affect our outlook on life and relationship with others. Suburbia by Amanda Hurley is also about relationships, and about the invisible walls we sometimes erect to exclude others.
The Way a Woman Thinks by Dawn DeBraal will be familiar to most women, but remains a mystery to most men. Home Again by Lee Ann Sontheimer Murphy is a nostalgic themed romance. Dead People Don’t Want Water by Roxana Negut reminds us to remember loved one’s who have died, whilst Room in the Grave by Madeleine McDonald illustrates that not all good deeds are done for magnanimous reasons.
Old Flame by John West is about a passion that really heats up, whilst Episode 20 by Stephen Johnson shows the danger of uncontrolled nanotechnology. Rabid by Reuben Tanzer also warns us about danger. The danger of annoying someone whose help we may later need.
Farewell to the Demon and My Last Drunk are two stories by Nomi Hill on opposite spectrums of cause and effect. Charm by San Lin Tun is also about cause and effect, a charming tale of how infectious happiness can be. A Last Sage by Erik Baknazaryan reminds us how fulfilling and relaxing doing nothing can be, and Two Doors by Swati Singh is a reminder to cherish what we’ve got rather than what we’ve lost.
If you like stories that make you uncomfortable, then you’ll like Swing a Sparrow on a String by horror writer Ken Goldman and Screams by LaVern Spencer McCarthy.
Our final three stories are Selenium by Jim Bates, a story with a hint of romance, hint of nostalgia, and an unusual periodic table element; When Ammamma Was Avanged by Sravanthi Challapalli, is a story about life coming full circle, and Terror by Jasmine Tritten, is a timely reminder of how the courage and bravery of ordinary people can make a real difference.