Recommended short fiction on Medium—3

The stories I’ve included in my newsletter, July–August 2018

This is the third in a series of pages where I list alphabetically the short fiction which I’ve recommended in my weekly newsletter. The first two pages can be found here:

From the beginning of July 2018, I’ve moved the newsletter from Tinyletter and it’s now hosted as a group on (where you can subscribe). This makes it easier to hold group discussions and gives subscribers more control over how you receive notifications. I also post each week’s recommendations to a collection on I’ll be updating this page to add the most recent recommendations as each issue of the newsletter goes out.

[Update 11 November 2018:] I’m sorry to say that I’ve stopped updating this page. You can find the full explanation here and here.

Alphabetical list of recommendations from July 2018

Nia Alavezos “Scraps & Whiskers”
This story starts out charmingly whimsical but the tension mounts as it becomes clear that more is at stake than you might expect. Written in response to a Weekly Knob prompt.

Tracy Aston, “What Brings Her Back”
This is Tracy Aston’s second story in the newsletter. It’s a short and simple but very perceptive account of how memory slips away. This one is for members only.

Colter Bergh, “Sleepwalkers”
An enigmatic tale about waking from sleep — repeatedly.

Smita Bhattacharya, “Nevermore and Always”
A wistful, yearning tale of a woman who travels to Berlin at Christmas time to reconnect with the man with whom she had an intense affair two years before. Or perhaps not for that purpose after all.

Eliana Carmona, “Galatea”
A beautiful short story about a girl who loves the sea and some of the things it brings to her and who can’t undertand how evolving humans ever wanted to leave it.

Nicole des Bouvrie, “One Book at the Time — a short story”
A story about theft from a library with multiple ironies. Members only.

Raleigh Dewan, “Back to the River”
An old man desperately tries to get back to the river where for years he used to fish with a succession of companions, most of them now dead.

Louise Foerster, “Alex Is Euphoric — Stunning Everyone Including Herself”
A joyful tale about an exuberant schoolgirl on the last day of term.

John Gorman, “The Tuna and the Swordfish”
A sea-fisher is determined to catch and eat a tuna — dependable, consistent and with a familiar flavour. She throws back the dazzling and well-traveled raconteur, the swordfish, no two of whom taste alike.

J M Jackson, “Telling Stories”
A cool and somewhat cruel tale of a young man who lives a limited life, made more bearable by the misappropriated stories he’s in the habit of telling. But even a fabulist must have at least one true story. This is J M Jackson’s second appearance in the newsletter, with this week’s members only story.

Georgia Lewitt, “Drift”
The plot resembles a tragic love story situated somewhere between Romeo and Juliet and one of Middleton’s bloodbaths. Fortunately one character knows what’s going on and keeps her head. All the same, I don’t quite believe the end: that’s a very odd place to store candy! This is the second appearance by Georgia Lewitt.

Svani Parekh, “Let Me Just Brush that Dust off Your Back”
WordPress is dangerous. It can undermine the most solid and stable relationship, come between the writer and the loved one she most needs for support. A cautionary tale for writers.

emma poe, “The Fairy’s Trail”
A bittersweet tale about bereavement and how the strange fusion of innocence and wisdom of young children can help a parent to cope with it. This is also a second appearance: emma poe’s “You Never Know” was recommended last year in the newsletter.

Edward Punales, “Boris Collected Dead Bodies”
The morbidity that drives a lonely collector.

Gosia Rokicka, “Egoists”
Laura is “jobfree” but not bored, and certainly not a loser or a scrounger. And yet her life has been standing still for one year, nine months and an increasing number of days.

Sravani Saha, “Fifteenth Anniversary”
A man and a woman meet in a hotel room where they’ve previously been together 15 years earlier. It’s a day to be happy and yet there is tension and indecision between them.

Sara Sajwaj, “A Song for Lost Sailors”
The narrator, the Siren of a competitive diving pool, likes to be alone with the water. But the days are hot and dry and stormy nights are the only time it’s possible to have the pool to herself. Even then, she may not be completely on her own. A members only story.

Stefani Vader, “Silent Melody”
An old woman finds something in an antique shop that has called out to her. This story is members only.

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