What makes a good short story?
Conciseness, crisis, atmosphere, character– along with insight on human nature and the world. Above all the tale must be compulsively readable. Our new feature story “The Little Prince” by Brian Eckert embodies all of this. A thunderstorm and a curse– can the self-possessed “prince” get out of his dilemma?
Really what Greg wanted was to be left alone, to his devices—and as he got older, his vices. His aloofness was what others found distasteful about him. There was a mark of royalty on a man who preferred to be alone. Others felt diminished in his presence.
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(Painting: “Starry Night Over the Rhone” by Vincent Van Gogh.)
Are you planning on doing much reading this Labor Day weekend? Make sure you include our latest story, “Joyride,” by Sonia Christensen. It’s a perfect suspensfully-tense story for a long weekend, especially if you’re driving someplace. As many people will be doing. The story, you see, is about a relationship, but it’s also about driving. Through mountains and trees, at night. Sonia Christensen has the ability to put you right there, in the kind of hypnotic mood that driving, at night, creates. Driving– then something happens. Read “Joyride” and escape into the literary dream. . . .
We hit a curve in the road and were in true mountain territory. Not on roads that didn’t have names yet, not on roads where there were no other cars, but roads where there were not many cars, roads where you start to feel like you can do anything, be anybody and there will be no one around to see you or stop you.