Stories About Things by Aelius Blythe – Speculative Anthology

Stories About Things is a well-written, bite-sized, imaginative flash fiction collection which serves as an ideal introduction to Blythe’s work.

It’s separated into two parts: contemporary stories (about things of this world), and speculative stories (about fairies and things of other worlds).

All the stories feature striking and evocative writing, but also fairly unusual characters and plots — a doctor obsessed with time travel, a widow consumed by grief for her late husband, and a man addicted to maple syrup.

There are 13 stories in total, and they are:

    Part 1: Stories About Things of This World

  1. Teacups: A man finds a teacup he recognises in an antique store.

  2. Time: Dr Ellis struggles to build a time travel machine… before he runs out of time himself.

  3. The Name: A funeral is the wrong time to forget someone’s name.

  4. Maple Syrup: Chi drinks maple syrup to remember his dark past.

  5. The Swing: The death of a tree swing, and of childhood.

  6. That Night There Was No Dinner: Cora fell in love with and married a chef, and cannot move past his death.

  7. First Impressions: A man falls in love with a girl at a bus stop, but cannot summon the courage to speak to her.

  8. Part 2: Stories About Things of Other Worlds

  9. Sun Set: Don’t look into the sun… for dangerous creatures live there.

  10. Shark: A skinny schoolkid who is often bullied isn’t quite as harmless as he appears.

  11. The Dinner Bells: Mort inherits his grandmother’s rundown old house… and the shadows that lurk outside.

  12. Leaves of Trees: Lock up the doors. Close the windows. There are dead leaves outside.

  13. The Bear Would Starve: A boy’s imaginary friend is slowly killing him.

  14. Space: While cleaning her house, Ann finds a door she never knew was there.

My personal favourite was the autumnal story Leaves of Trees, which was unexpectedly sinister and very imaginative.

Recommended for those looking for a quick and thought-provoking read.

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Irregular Creatures by Chuck Wendig || Past the Borders by Christopher Ruz

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About A.M. Harte

A.M. Harte writes twisted speculative fiction, such as the post-apocalyptic Above Ground and the zombie love anthology Hungry For You. She is excellent at missing deadlines, has long forgotten what ‘free time’ means, and is utterly addicted to chocolate.
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3 Responses to Stories About Things by Aelius Blythe – Speculative Anthology

  1. Sounds like something a bit different, will have to check it out.

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