If you’ve ever enjoyed a story that seems impossible to categorize, unique and one-of-a-kind, slipping through the cracks of conventional labels, then Interfictions is waiting for you. One imaginative short story after another gives the reader a break from the humdrum, feeding the brain on the real merged with the surreal. Interfictions is filled with characters who hobnob with unlikely individuals, such as talking cats, ghosts obsessed with buttons, and creatures I can’t even begin to explain here.

An interesting feature in this collection occurs after each story when authors share a couple paragraphs, explaining where they came up with the story line, why they write in the manner they do, and other insightful tidbits. If you love writing as much as reading, you’ll find these added paragraphs just as fascinating as the stories they follow.

If you’re looking to stretch your literary mind with some truly inventive writing, enjoying the ride all the way, then give Interfictions a look. You’re sure to find several new authors to track down. I, for one, found a few that bear researching further, because for me, their short stories just whetted my appetite for the interstitial.

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44 Comments

  1. One of the best features of short stories, for me, is that I can fit reading them in between other things I need to do (notably, attending classes) without risking being late like I’d do if I got too involved in a novel.

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  3. A great variety of stories which keep me interested and awake. Thanks or this unique giveaway.

  4. After a couple of pages my A D D
    kicks in.

  5. When my head is jumbled with other cares, and I have scant time to open pages, short stories are a godsend. I can drink the story draught to my fill in one evening on the pillows, and clear my mind for the next the following evening. So refreshing!

  6. Elizabeth Mays

    I like short stories especially when I am away from home. They’re perfect for trips to the beach or while on vacation because they just fit into the time periods I spend reading perfectly.

  7. Hi, I was first introduced to short stories in literature in a quite fascinating college class. The professor knew a lot about authors and their short stories! He made us think deeply about their meaning. For me, short stories are not only quicker to read, but can be the most interesting type of books that I read. Please enter me in your drawing. I really appreciate it…..Thanks, Cindi

  8. I’m a mother of three so short stories fit into my schedule nicely. I read them at the pool or sitting on the porch while the kids run around outside. I love how an author can create believable characters and story lines in such an abbreviated space.

  9. Nicely written…look forward to receiving your newsletters.

  10. I don’t have to worry about not finishing a short story, I can get them read in between other things.

  11. christopher h

    i keep a book of shorts in my car, so when i’m at a doctors office or dmv, or wherever i have to wait, i’ve got something to read

  12. I love the fact that when I read short stories, I can read a ‘good read’ and actually finish…with my busy life…it’s pretty much all I DO read are short stories. THANKS!

  13. I never bothered with short stories until a friend ‘ordered’ me to catch up on some Patricia Highsmith. Now I find I have time to read. I can devote 45 minutes to enter a new world. Sometimes I regret the return.

  14. Short stories are the best to read before bedtime

  15. I love reading short stories when traveling. If I get distracted and lose my place, it’s not too awful to go back and start over!

  16. I only read short stories when I don’t have time for a long book or when I am bored with regular reading, but I do enjoy them now and then.

  17. I prefer short story anthologies where the stories intertwine somehow (like “Quantity Theory of Insanity” by Will Self).

  18. I like to read short stories because I can start and finish in one sitting. Please and thank you.

  19. Angela Palmer

    My reading habits are haphazard at best, so short stories appeal to me. I can actually finish something before I go on to the next task of my day.

  20. I like short stories because I don’t like to read for long periods of time and like to finish a story from beginning to end. Also sometimes short stories are very creative and more interesting than a full length book.

  21. I always keep a book of short stories in the car in case I’m stuck waiting somewhere for ten minutes or so.

  22. I generally have 3-4 books going at once, so short story collections are right up my alley.

  23. love to read short stories while traveling

  24. tamara mitchell

    I love the way short stories are so concise and layered. It amazes me how writers can delve into a character and plot in such few pages and many times come out with such a brilliant telling.

  25. I’ve been a short-story fan for thirty years – all genres.

  26. I always used to enjoy reading short stories but somehow got out of the habit. This looks like a great book to get back into reading them again! Thanks!

  27. Short stories are not generally what I would select first. I usually discover them when I see that a favorite author has written one and I want to read it. If it’s in an anthology, I’ll read the other authors too, and likely discover more writers that I like.

  28. I like to read a little before galling a slepp. Short stories are great because one story chills me out enough to fall asleep. Thanks for the chance.

  29. Short stories give me an opportunity to sample an author’s work. I like to see the writing style, the way the story flows, the writer’s way of putting the whole thing together in a limited amount of pages. If I like the author, I definitely seek out other works by them. I guess you could call my short story reading shopping around!

  30. I adore short stories and just finished Miranda July’s latest.

  31. Time constraints is a big deal why I don’t read books very much. I really hate the idea of starting a 400-500 page book and never finishing or its been so long since I left off that I pretty much have to read it all over again. With short stories I can get my reading fix by fitting it in when I can.

  32. I like to keep a book of short stories next to my bed. If I’m very tired at night I can just choose one story and read it.

  33. I like to read short stories for reasons similar to those already listed. If I have a busy day, I can read a short story, finish it, and not get too far off track from what I wanted to accomplish. I also reach for a collection of short stories when the novel I’m working on just isn’t moving fast enough,or I suddenly find myself in the mood to read a different genre, but I don’t want to give up on it yet. Thanks!

  34. Meaghan Fleming

    I like the funny short stories. It helps if they talk about cheese or something random. I write short stories myself and well, I find that laughter keeps the reader happy.

  35. short stories stir the imagination – you can add your own variables to them to embellish the story and fantasize a bit.

  36. Short stories represent episodes, and just like we’ve become accustomed with TV, we can get a “quick fix” without sacrifice the wholeness of the tale. Start to finish, top to bottom with no interruption.

    Give me jumping frogs and oblong boxes ’til the sun comes up…

  37. I love to read short stories before bedtime!

  38. As a mom finishing up a degree, I LOVE short stories. It has to be my favorite genre of books. I can pick up a book of short stories and read as long as I have available. And if I get back to it a month later, I don’t have to start over! I have to buy any books of short stories that Neil Gaiman puts out, and at my used book store, I buy the issues of Great American Short Stories that were printed in the 60s-80s. Love ’em.

  39. Short stories are great for my very brief attention span!

  40. I like to read before I go to bed and short stories are great because when the story is finished I can put the book down. If it is a long story I keep on reading and stay up too late.

  41. charles kassing

    thanks

  42. Samantha Pruitt

    i love short stories they’re very fulfilling, because i’m in shool usually i don’t have time to read a full book, and if i do it takes me like a month! so short stories are great great because i can read them when i have free time and it doesn’t take that long to finish!

  43. Short dtories are convenient to read while waiting such as at a doctor’s office. I want to write short stories.

  44. A book containing short stories by various authors is like an elegant dessert buffet – you can sample many selections and decide which are your favorites. You will probably discover some authors “new to you” and want to read more of their works. I’m always glad to discover new “favorite authors” to add to my list!