Books, Reviews, Short Fiction Roundups, Writing

My 2018 recommended reading list

First of all, a disclaimer. This list, like all my roundups and lists and reading recommendations here and elsewhere, is a selection of what I had time to read. It’s just a slice of what’s available, and no doubt I have missed stories that are awesome, because nobody can read everything.

Second, if you want to see all the stories I read and loved in 2018, check out my roundups and blog posts from this past year. This list is a selection drawn from those roundups and other things I’ve read, and the most complete account of the short fiction that impressed me this year is in all of those roundups and reviews.


(Note: I will add stories to this through December, if I feel the need!)

Added in December:

Girls Who Do Not Drown, by A.C. Buchanan in Apex 

Toothsome Things, by Chimedum Ohaegbu in Strange Horizons

Short stories:

White Noise by Kai Hudson in Anathema 

We Head For the Horizon and Return with Bloodshot Eyes, by Eleanna Castroianni in Podcastle

Mother Tongues, by S. Qiouyi Lu in Asimov’s Science Fiction (Jan/Feb 2018 issue)

A Cookpot, a Knife, a Pile of Rags, by Virginia M. Mohlere in Cicada Magazine

Variations on a Theme from Turandot, by Ada Hoffman in Strange Horizons

Jewel of the Vashwa, by Jordan Kurella, in Apex Magazine

A Bond as Deep as Starlit Seas, by Sarah Grey, in Lightspeed 

The House of Illusionists, by Vanessa Fogg, in Liminal Stories 

Strange Waters, by Samantha Mills in Strange Horizons 

Black Fanged Thing, by Sam Rebelein in Shimmer

The Heart of Owl Abbas, by Kathleen Jennings in 

Unplaces: An Atlas of Non-existence, by Izzy Wasserstein in Clarkesworld

STET, by Sarah Gailey in Fireside Fiction

Dead Things, by Becca De La Rosa in Shimmer 

More Tomorrow, by Premee Mohamed in Automata Review

Find On Your Body the Bruise, by Maricat Stratford in Shimmer

Abandonware, by Genevieve Valentine in Lightspeed

Solace, by Nora Elghazzawi in Foreshadow

The Glow-in-the-Dark Girls, by Senaa Ahmad in Strange Horizons

The Home for Broken, by Sandra Odell in Godfall and Other Stories

From the anthology Sword and Sonnet:

  • As For Peace, Call It Murder, C.S.E. Cooney
  • A Subtle Fire Beneath the Skin, by Hayley Stone
  • She Calls Down the Future in the Footprints Left Behind, by Setsu Uzume
  • Words in an Unfinished Poem, by A.C. Wise

When the Bough Breaks, by Jaymee Goh in Mythic Delirium

Pigeon, Goodnight, by Angie Ellis in Flash Fiction Online

If It Were True Owls Dream, by Jan Priddy in Liminal Stories

Shadows and Bells, by Mari Ness in Kaleidotrope

To the Place of Skulls, by Innocent Ilo in Reckoning

When We Fall, We Forget, by Angela Slatter in the anthology Phantoms

Irregularity by Rachel Harrison in Apex

AI and the Trolley Problem, Pat Cadigan at 

To Blight a Fig Tree Before It Bears Fruit, by Benjamín Naka-Hasebe Kingsley in Apex

Yard Dog, by Tade Thompson in Fiyah #7

Mother’s Rules for a Burned Girl, by Rebecca Mix in Flash Fiction Online

The Starship and the Temple Cat, by Yoon Ha Lee in Beneath Ceaseless Skies

Swan Girls, by Angela Slatter from the paperback edition of her novel Corpselight

The Magician Deletes Her Feed, by Kate Lechler in Kaleidotrope 

Stars So Sharp They Break the Skin, by Matthew Sanborn Smith in Apex Magazine

Bondye Bon, by Monique L. Desir in Fiyah

A Brief and Fearful Star, by Carmen Maria Machado in Slate

Quietly Gigantic, by K.C. Mead-Brewer in Strange Horizons

Irregularity, by Rachel Harrison in Apex Magazine 

This Will Not Happen To You, by Marissa Lingen in Uncanny Magazine

The Steam-Powered Princess, by Aimee Ogden in Augur Magazine 1.2

Faint Voices, Increasingly Desperate, by Johanna DeNiro in Shimmer

What You Pass For, by Melanie West in F&SF

And Yet, by A.T. Greenblatt in Uncanny Magazine

Our Side of the Door, by Kodiak Julian in Lightspeed

Girl Singing With Farm, Kathrin Köhler in Reckoning

The Pull of the Herd, by Suzan Palumbo in Anathema

Logistics, by A.J. Fitzwater in Clarkesworld

One For Sorrow, Two For Joy, by LaShawn M. Wanak in Fireside Fiction

Snake Season, by Erin Roberts in The Dark

Mr. Try Again, by A. Merc Rustad in Nightmare 

Fireskin, by Joanne Rixon in Beneath Ceaseless Skies

Lasciare Suonare, by Andrew Wilmot in Augur Magazine

Earn Your Breath, by Jamie O. Mayer in Cast of Wonders

When the Slipling Comes To Call, by N.R. Lambert in Pseudopod

Traces of Us, Vanessa Fogg in Giganotosaurus

Cry of Desire in a Shrouded Land, by Talisen Fray in Beneath Ceaseless Skies

The Secret Lives of the Nine Negro Teeth of George Washington, by Phenderson Djèlí Clark in Fireside Fiction.

Seven Steps to Beauty for a Girl Named Avarice, by Emily B. Cataneo in Nightmare

Sandals Full of Rainwater, by A.E. Prevost in Capricious #9

A Thing With Feathers, by Jennifer R. Donohue in Mythic Delirium

Me, Waiting For Me, Hoping For Something More, by Dee Warrick in Shimmer

The Eyes of the Flood by Susan Jane Bigelow in Lightspeed

With Lips Sewn Shut, by Kristi DeMeester in Apex Magazine 

Asphalt, River, Mother, Child, by Isabel Yap in Strange Horizons 

The Miracle Lambs of Minane, by Finbarr O’Reilly in Clarkesworld 

The Shrike, by Cameron Suey in PseudoPod 

Ten Deals With the Indigo Snake, by Mel Kassel in Lightspeed 

Magic Potion Behind the Mountains, by Jaymee Goh in Beneath Ceaseless Skies 

One and Two, by Emma Osborne in Kaleidotrope

Marrow, by E.C. Tobler in Black Static #65

Phantom Limb, by Reiko Scott at The Book Smugglers

The Girl Who Ate Galaxies, by L’Erin Ogle in Syntax and Salt 

True Crime, by M. Rickert in Nightmare 

Ruby, Singing, by Fran Wilde in Beneath Ceaseless Skies

Rapture, by Meg Elison, in Shimmer 

Ava Paints the Horses, by Ville Meriläinen in Cast of Wonders 

The Anchorite Wakes, by R.S.A. Garcia, in Clarkesworld #143

For All His Eyes Can See, by Steve Rasnic Tem, in The Dark 

The Passenger, by Emily Lundgren in Shimmer 

Bones In the Rock, by R.K. Kalaw in Uncanny Magazine 

To This You Cling, With Jagged Fingernails, by Beth Cato in Fireside Fiction 

Vain Knife, by Dare Segun Falowo in The Dark 

Hainted, by Ashley Blooms in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction July/August 2018

Heron of Earth, by Vajra Chandrasekera in Clarkesworld #141

A Thousand Tongues of Silver, by Kate Heartfield in Lackington’s Issue 17 (Spring 2018) – Gothics

The Thing In the Walls Wants Your Small Change, by Virginia M. Mohlere in Luna Station Quarterly 

In the End, It Always Turns Out the Same, by A.C. Wise in The Dark 

Contingency Plans for the Apocalypse, S.B. Divya in Uncanny Magazine

Leviathan Sings to Me in the Deep, by Nibedita Sen in Nightmare Issue 69 

Stones in the Water, Cottage on the Mountain, by Suzanne Palmer in Asimov’s July/August 2018 Issue

Four-Point Affective Calibration, by Bogi Takács in Lightspeed

Bride Before You, by Stephanie Malia Morris in Nightmare 

Humans Die, Stars Fade, by Charles Payseur in Escape Pod 

Don’t Pack Hope, by Emma Osborne in Nightmare 

Domestic Violence, by Madeline Ashby in Slate

When The Rains Come Back, by Cadwell Turnbull in Asimov’s May/June issue 2018

When the Letter Comes, by Sara Fox in The Book Smugglers 

The Pine Arch Collection, by Michael Wehunt in The Dark 

Godmeat, by Martin Cahill in Lightspeed 

You Can’t Grow Corn on the Moon, Brendan Williams-Childs in Vulture Bones 3


Speak Easy, Suicide Selkies, by E. Catherine Tobler in Beneath Ceaseless Skies 

Lanny Boykin Rises Up Singing, by Jess Barber in Reckoning 

The Other Side of Otto Mountain, by Ivy Spadille in Fiyah 

The Inconvenient God, by Francesca Forrest published by Annorlunda Enterprises

No Flight Without the Shatter, by Brooke Bolander, at 

The Barrens, by Stephanie Feldman in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction(May/June 2018 issue) 

The Word of Flesh and Soul, by Ruthanna Emrys at

The Wyvern Rider and Those of the Land, by Jeremy A. TeGrotenhuis in Beneath Ceaseless Skies

El is a Spaceship Melody, by Maurice Broaddus in Beneath Ceaseless Skies

How to Swallow the Moon, by Isabel Yap in Uncanny Magazine

The Only Harmless Great Thing, by Brooke Bolander (novelette)

The Last Banquet of Temporal Confections, by Tina Connolly at

Seven Months Out and Two to Go, by Rachel Swirsky & Trace Yulie in Asimov’s (March/April 2018)

Triquetra, by Kirstyn McDermott at 


The Emotionless, in Love, by Jason Sanford in Beneath Ceaseless Skies

Umbernight, by Carolyn Ives Gilman in Clarkesworld

Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach, by Kelly Robson

The Sea Dreams It Is the Sky – A Novella of Cosmic Horror, by John Hornor Jacobs

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