That’s right–in addition to periodic “Watch it Now” posts, at the end of every month, I’ll also collate some of the best online speculative fiction reads for your enjoyment. These will include flash fiction, short fiction, novellas, and novelettes from science fiction, horror, fantasy, and everything in between. They will always be free publications, although I encourage you to support them if you can.

Of course, I have my favorites when it comes to venues, so if you have a recommendation from another source, please don’t hesitate to share.

For February, I suggest the following 7 works for your enjoyment:

From Lightspeed“And the Winners Will Be Swept Out to Sea” by Maria Dahvana Headley. I am not afraid of monsters. I’ve never been afraid of monsters. I’m afraid of love. The prose here is frenetic and gorgeous. I also encourage you to listen to the audio version!

From Escape Pod: “The Evening, The Morning and the Night” by Octavia Butler. Technically the story is a much older one (from 1987) but is it ever a bad idea to revisit Butler, especially when she’s read so brilliantly?

From Strange Horizons: “Limestone, Lye, and the Buzzing of Flies” by Kate Heartfield. No—that is the wrong memory. That didn’t happen. Not to me. A truly unsettling and unique tale.

From Daily Science Fiction: “Marking Time” by Stephanie Burgis. Everyone’s lives are made of moments. Beautifully wrought magical realist meditation on regret.

From Jersey Devil Press: “The Nature of Johnny’s Medicine” by Sloan Thomas. I trust in my destiny as much as anyone around . . . maybe more. There’s a wonderful subtleness to this one.

From The Dark Magazine: “In the Dreams Full of Sleep, Beakless Birds Can Fly” by Patricia Russo. Better a child with wings and a beak, better a child that flew away, than one who never grew, who wasted away and died. Heartbreaking and lovely. Amazing what you could with dialogue and silences.

From Apex Magazine: “The Best Little Cleaning Robot in All of Faerie” by Susan Jane Bigelow. When everybody on the bridge of the interstellar mercenary cruiser Zinnia fell into a magic sleep… Hilarious and different and obviously it gets you at the first line.

Happy reading everyone! Tell me your recommendations in the comments!

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  2. Sloan Thomas says:

    Thanks for the shout out on “The Nature of Johnny’s Medicine”. Love all the stories on the list.

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