Merry Christmas, Everyone!
On with the reporting:
- “Caravan” by Rosalyn Chissick. A fine little tale about a girl who joins the circus. Recommended.
- “The Seven Steps from Shag to Spouse” by Tiffanie Darke . The stages of development in a relationship. About as dreary as the title suggests.
- “Lip Service” by Karen Moline. A man tells his friends the story of a narrow escape from a woman.
- “Saving Amsterdam” by Chris Manby. About finding love again.
- “A Form of Release” by Daisy Waugh. About a has-been pop star yearning for a come-back.
- “Hurrah for the Hols” by Helen Simpson. A family holiday and the woes of parenthood.
- “No Worries” by Sarah Ingham. About travel as a metaphor for healing after a breakup.
- “Re: The World”, by Amy Jenkins. GNI. About the one who got away.
The last of the November reads:
- “The Corner Shop” by Cynthia Asquith. A chilling tale about an antiques shop. Recommended.
And now for the home stretch: December’s stories.
Most of the Christmas stories in my collection that aren’t novels are novellas and too long to include in the challenge, but I do have one book of Christmas mysteries that I plan to finish in December, and I will fill up the gaps with other, holiday and non-holiday stories that will enable me to finish a couple of books. I might also look farther afield and pull some classic Christmas stories off the Internet.
Starting with a spooky Christmas story from Roald Dahl’s Book of Ghost Stories, here are the December stories:
- “Christmas Meeting” by Rosemary Timperley. A very short but nonetheless chilling Christmas ghost story, and proof that a story need not be long to be effective. Recommended.