2020 finally turned me into a for-real short story reader. It’s not that I didn’t enjoy short stories before, I just sought them out casually at best. I was convinced that I could only truly be invested in or inspired by a full-length work of fiction. This idea is, of course, a load of hooey. Hooey, I say! I’m a little ashamed it took a reading slump brought on by the stress of a global pandemic and <insert your favorite 2020 disaster here> to make me see the light.
Some of you are in the same boat with me, and some have yet to approach the vessel o’ short fiction. So today I’m talking to you seasoned lovers of bite-sized stories. Tell me and your fellow Riot readers: what outstanding short stories should we read next? Come shout them at us on Facebook and Twitter, then we’ll round up your answers and be back next week to share a roundup with the group. Give us individual short stories, collections, anthologies—dealer’s choice!