Enjoyable short stories to read on your ereader….. Whatever type you have.
I have just been reading an ezine that I have only just discovered, called eFiction, and enjoyed almost all of the stories in it enormously.
A very eclectic collection of short stories by a mix of American and British writers, in a wide range of genres. They were all well written and proof read as well (sadly this last is all too rare in ebooks).
Only a couple of minor and not too annoying typos in the entire edition.
They describe their mission as follows:
eFiction started as a small group of writers and fiction-enthusiasts getting together online to share stories. It has exploded into a global fiction phenomenon. eBooks are taking over the world and eFiction is leading the charge. The best authors on the internet collaborate to produce eFiction for your reading pleasure.
With modern technology, everyone has a library in their pocket. You can read the classics whenever you want. But what if you want to read the latest, cutting edge fiction that no one has ever read before? eFiction is your way of staying up to date with the ever evolving style of fictional works.
We publish fiction with a still-beating heart, fresh from the minds of our authors. While the ink is still drying, stories are pitted against each other in gladiatorial combat for the chance to reach your adoring eyeballs. Only the best stories make it into the issue.
No other magazine offers-or can offer-the same stories as eFiction. While there are many literary journals and fiction magazines, we are the only indie fiction magazine in existence. We push the boundaries of fiction on a monthly basis.
We publish: Thrillers, Romance, Paranormal, Science fiction, Horror; and a myriad of combinations thereof.
So, there you go.
In the current edition, number 17, there were a couple of stories I particularly enjoyed – for different reasons. In particular I was very taken with the story called Perfect Disguise, by Mary O’Neil, which is basically a simple story of an accidental murder, but it has the most wonderful twist at the end, which I shall of course not tell you here, as that would spoil it completely. I read this story happily enough, going along with it and not really finding it in any way special, until the end….. That I loved!
Another story in this collection that stood out for me was a rather charming one called Two’s a Crowd, by an English author called Helen Seymour, it also has a surprising ending, another one I can’t tell you about… But read it and you will find it as funny and apposite as I did.
All 8 stories in this collection I found enjoyable in general, the poems by Edward Rodosek I found less enjoyable, but that lay with me, not with his poems. Sadly for me, I have never been happy with poetry – just doesn’t get to me…..
Apart from the original stories here, there was one which appeared to be an ongoing serialized story called Blood Binds by Tonya Moore, this one being episode 14, which since I hadn’t read the preceding 13 episodes didn’t mean much to me either…. I shall obviously have to download the last 13 editions in order to enjoy that particular story.
And lastly, there were three book reviews as well which were interesting, and appeared to be written by people who had both actually read and thought about the books they were reviewing, which made a pleasant change from a lot of “professional” book reviews I have read.
So, on the basis of the issue I have just read, I can be very positive about this ezine, and intend to get hold of all its back issues and then subscribe to following issues.
Back issues can all be downloaded from their site, so couldnt be easier.
In fact I have only two complaints about this ezine, neither very serious ones I am happy to say.
- I would prefer it in their layout of the ezine if they left more space between the stories. I found it rather annoying that when I reached the end of one story, the next one started after about three line spaces…. Discouraged me from pausing between stories to reflect on the one I had just read, before launching into the next one.
- The other complaint? Well to download an issue of the ezine, you have to have a Twitter account, and place some sort of Twit (?) saying that you have downloaded the ezine….. I do not have such an account, nor do many other people and I have no intention of getting one either, as I simply fail to see how anyone could be interested in the details of my daily life………..
So, how can you get your hands on this ezine?
Well, simply enough, as they offer us a number of ways to get hold of it, specifically:-
- Read it online on their site
- Download it for free in PDF, Kindle or ePub format (though you have to have a Twitter account to do this.
- Subscribe to it : $1.99 a month for ePub and PDF or $3.99 for the Kindle version.
Where to get it?
Nip along to their site and off you go: Link: http://www.efictionmag.com/
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