Monday, February 10, 2020


Most aficionados want to read collected short stories because it’s like reading multiple books in one. I especially love those collections moving in one theme using different facets of life to simply show that every glimpse of life is worth telling. Also, sometimes we want to read independent stories that will extract us from the rut of reading a 350-page book. Well, at least, I know I do. So I want to share where I get my dose of short stories, and hopefully, you’ll share yours too.

This subscription magazine is new every week, both in print and online. The online site is free until you’ve hit the wall for the day. I’m a subscriber for years, and although I have not maximized it lately, the subscription is totally worth it. Aside from their new fiction and poems, they have news about art, music, upcoming books, and movies. I also enjoy their commentaries on what’s been going around recently. And boy, their archive is worth exploring every time.

Granta is also a subscription online magazine like The New Yorker. You can opt to subscribe to their newsletter for both magazines and books. Mostly, they publish thirty-ish books a year. My hubby and I enjoy their nature conservation collections very much.

If you are a sci-fi/fantasy enthusiast, this site is for you. They allow free access to original short stories and features both new and established authors. You can browse according to authors, titles, or sub-genres. They have featured John Scalzi, Neil Gaiman, Joe Abercrombie, Charlie Jane Anders, Paolo Bacigalupi, and other luminaries.

This is an imprint of showcasing modern horror, undead tropes, alien abduction/invasion, and other unspeakable terrors. They feature both upcoming books and on-screen horrors -that's hitting two birds with one stone. Last October 2019, they’ve launched an audio project called, Come Join Us by the Fire, an anthology of 35 horror short stories in individual audiobook formats listeners may download via Google Play. It features China MiĆ©ville, Richard Kadrey, Victor LaValle, and Shirley Jackson among others.

Under their Recommended Reading, you’ll find featured short stories and novel excerpts. You may also opt to subscribe to receive them directly via your inbox every Wednesday. I love reading those commentaries/ recommendations from other authors sometimes written before each story and excerpts. Authors like Ricky Moody, Akhil Sharma, Dennis Johnson, and Lauren Groff.

Lately, I find myself listening to BBC's dramas and short works. This was established by a Royal Charter, the BBC is principally funded through the license fee paid by UK households. So, this site delivers more than stories and dramas. It delivers its mission and public purpose according to the Charter, from culture to daily news. They are currently featuring Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern in episodes.

This collection of children's literature is a part of the Educational Technology Clearinghouse and is funded by various grants. Readability levels for passages on Lit2Go are reported as Flesch-Kincaid grade levels, from Kinder to Grade 12. I am a child-at-heart, and so, this site excites me. You can read along with the audio version of each story, too.

Under their Fiction and Poetry, you can browse shorts by Lit Hub Excerpts. There is an excerpt for every day dating back from 2015. Luminaries varied from the likes of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Edith Wharton, Shirley Jackson, Joyce Carol Oates, Jennifer Egan, and many more.

I miss receiving short stories from SEASON OF STORIES by Penguin Random House. Are you a subscriber too? They sure gave me a reprieve from the daily grind. Hopefully, they come back soon. Meanwhile, we can get our dose of short stories from these sites. Happy reading!


*This is my Review of the Month for the review collection on


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