#shortstorysaturday recaps for September

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For those of you who missed our Saturday bonus stories, here are some we’ve been enjoying so far:

If you’d like to read the stories as they’re posted, find us on Twitter @nottimetoreadabk!

October: City Creatures


The spooky season is upon us again!  This month we’re going to discuss a couple of twists on two of our favorite monsters.

A Kiss with Teeth,” by Max Gladstone (2014)

Trading Hearts at the Half Kaffe Café,” by Charles De Lint (2001)

Totals 14775 words, 29 pages

You can listen to “A Kiss with Teeth” on the LeVar Burton Reads podcast!

August: Sirens & Selkies

unrecognizable young father with little child standing at rocky coastline
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Before Disney reinvented the mermaid, women from the sea were just as dangerous to us as we are to them.  Here are some throwbacks to the more classical view on seamaidens.

The Touch Pool,” by Lisa Nan Joo (2020)

Ourselves We Find in the Sea,” by Molly Hall (2017)

Totals 14433 words, 31 printed pages

You can listen to Anaea Lay read “The Touch Pool!”

So which do you prefer?  Ariel, or Ondine?

April: Strangeness in the Stacks

Science library of Upper Lusatia in Görlitz, Germany

National library week is coming up later this month, so in the meantime we’ll be reading two stories of strange happenings in the library.

The Story of St. Vespaluus,” by Saki (1911)

Exchange,” by Ray Bradbury (1996)

Totals 6382 words, 12 printed pages

We will not be meeting in person in April, but please feel free to tell us what you think of the stories by leaving a comment below!

March: Cautionary Tales

It’s Bluebeard month!

black metal door lever
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We have Charles Perrault’s traditional “Bluebeard” and also Angela Carter’s infamous retelling, “The Bloody Chamber.”
Totals 18211 words, approximately 30 pages
Bonus: For those interested, fairy tale expert Terri Windling wrote an essay, “Bluebeard and the Bloody Chamber,” comparing both the versions we’ll be reading.   If you’re interested, there are a lot of Bluebeard-type tales from around the world, and if you’re interested in yet more versions, you can find several here.

February: Black History Month

In honor of Black History Month, we’ll be reading stories by contemporary African-American writers.

When I was trying to decide between “Drinking Coffee Elsewhere” and “Requiem for  a Glass Heart,” based on the length of the stories in print.  Unfortunately, I forgot to remove one of the stories before printing out several copies, so this month we have three stories that still come in under the 30 page mark:

Window View,” by Rickey Rivers, Jr. (2019)

Drinking Coffee Elsewhere,” by ZZ Packer (2000)

Requiem for a Glass Heart,” by Roxane Gay (2009)

Totals 8256 words, approximately 22 pages

Meetup will be Thursday, February 6th, from 6:30-7:30pm at the Osage Beach Library.

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