Joseph Kaufman recommends a selection of stories from EDF’s archives.
This is roughly a month’s worth of stories that caught my eye (and memory), 33 stories:
- “The Poinsettia” by L. Lambert Lawson (surreal)
- “Flowers for Clockwork Street” by Jennifer R. Fierro (fantasy)
- “Dee” by D. A. D’Amico (horror)
- “The Spinners” by Jennifer Campbell-Hicks (fantasy)
- “Smitten” by Nicholas Lee Huff (romance)
- “Resolution” by Rohini Gupta (inspirational)
- “Halloween Coming Out” by Jeff Switt (inspirational)
- “Shades” by Randall Brown (literary)
- “The Stakeout” by Madeline Mora-Summonte (literary)
- “10 Seconds” by Diana Rohlman (fantasy)
- “Survivor Guilt” by Robert Kibble (fantasy)
- “The Brothers Rose” by Michael Burrows (surreal)
- “Strikethrough” by Matt Daly (literary)
- “Fillies and Fellas” by Sean Jones (literary)
- “5 Seconds” by Deven D Atkinson (science fiction)
- “With You Always” by Patrick Lind (science fiction)
- “Obsidian” by Yegor Chekmarev (literary)
- “May I Take Control Now?” by Carroll Dale Short (fantasy)
- “Clear Title” by Brian J. Hunt (fantasy)
- “Shot Through With Light” by Tricia Orr (literary)
- “A History, in Reverse” by Miranda Suri (science fiction)
- “How He Likes Me to Dress” by Sarah Salway (literary)
- “The Teddy Bear Who Was Hitler” by Carl Steiger (literary)
- “The Only Gifts We Give” by Ian Florida (literary)
- “Numantia” by Patricia Court (historical horror)
- “The Postman Is a Creep” by Nathan Good (horror)
- “Chatter” by Rachel Gurevich (literary)
- “Sweeping Up” by Sarah Crysl Akhtar (fantasy)
- “Ugly” by Meera Jhala (literary)
- “The Call” by Teresa Davis (literary)
- “Meet Me at the Waterfront” by Mark Noce (surreal)
- “In Her Eyes” by Lynn Vroman (literary)
- “All My Yesterdays Will Come” by Jonathon Mast (science fiction)
They are in no particular order, though the older the story and the closer to the top of the list means I remembered it by name or from a related story earlier on (so I must really dig it).
Otherwise, I simply glanced through every “Table of Contents” post back to February of 2011 (when I started). I am sure there are great stories before then (at least three books worth, in fact! *smile*), but I don’t have time to read brand new pieces for this endeavor.
And strangely enough, I think all 33 are by unique authors.
One other cool way to find stories is to view the old “Top Stories” lists. How can that be done?
That dials up what the EDF “Top Stories” page looked like in February of 2011, and you can use the little graph at the top of the page to go further forward or back in time (assuming the page had hits and was being archived by the WBM). I used those lists to find 4-5 stories I had forgotten about.
Joseph Kaufman lives in the Madison area with his beautiful wife, lovely daughters, a cat, and his collection of over 1,250 beer bottles. He is the Applications Development Manager for the world’s largest rodenticide company. He has done a fair bit of writing and reading in online communities and contests, and completed his first paid editing job in 2015.