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Best Indie Short Story Collections of 2021

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    SUBURBAN GOTHIC

    FEB. 26, 2020

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SUBURBAN GOTHIC

by Margaret F. Chen

Tense, skillfully crafted, and illuminating tales of suburban desperation. Full review >

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    WHAT MAD PURSUIT

    FEB. 26, 2021

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WHAT MAD PURSUIT

by Rich Elliott

An engrossing collection of tales about grace—and disgrace—under pressure. Full review >

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    TALES OF UNKOSHER SOULS

    JULY 15, 2021

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TALES OF UNKOSHER SOULS

by David Margolis

Raucously entertaining yarns whose wry wit carries a subtle moral resonance. Full review >

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    TABOOS & TRANSGRESSIONS

    MARCH 4, 2021

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TABOOS & TRANSGRESSIONS

edited by Luanne Smith & Kerry Neville & Devi S. Laskar

A fine and varied collection that gives eloquent voice to the unsayable. Full review >

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    QUEEN OF THE SUGARHOUSE

    JUNE 1, 2021

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QUEEN OF THE SUGARHOUSE

by Constance Studer

A brilliant, if harrowing, set of tales featuring sharp prose. Full review >

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    BETTER DAVIS AND OTHER STORIES

    SEPT. 15, 2021

  • FICTION

    THE IMPOSSIBLE SHORE

    JUNE 15, 2021

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THE IMPOSSIBLE SHORE

by Marc Porter Zasada

Darkly entertaining yarns about people trying to bridge the gap between shabby reality and improbable dreams. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    SEMIOTIC LOVE [STORIES]

    MARCH 2, 2021

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