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Fiction | N.S. Beranek

Review of Next to Nothing: Stories by Keith Banner

Next to Nothing: Stories by Keith Banner (Lethe Press, 2015). A Lambda Literary Award finalist. This is the real Heartland, full of the everyday Americans you will find all around you, should you choose to look and see. These are not the trite buffoons of sitcoms, not...

Short Stories 365/256

“Ordinary Mayhem” by Victoria A. Brownworth from Night Shadows: Queer Horror (Bold Strokes Books 2012). Edited by Greg Herren and J.M. Redmann. This isn’t a short story, it’s a novella. It takes up one third of the entire volume. This story blew me away. It’s...

Short Stories 365/152

“The Specialty of the House” by Stanley Ellin from Mystery Stories (aka Quiet Horror) (Simon and Schuster, 1956.) I read this story recently, after Steve Berman of Lethe Press posted online that it (quite possibly) is his favorite short story of all time. I admit it;...