First is Watchlist: 32 Stories by Persons of Interest, edited by Bryan Hurt (O/R Books). Stories by Etgar Keret, Aimee Bender, Jim Shepard, Alissa Nutting, David Abrahms and a bunch more writers worth monitoring.
Publisher's Weekly calls it "a boldly imaginative, diverse collection of 32 surveillance-themed stories from an international coterie of writers." My contribution, "Dinosaurs Went Extinct Around the Time of the First Flower," is about a dungeon sex room, an old Polaroid, and the relationship between an opera-loving john and his favorite escort.Choose Wisely: 35 Women Up To No Good, a feminist anthology of dark fiction from Upper Rubber Boot out March 31. The Lineup: 20 Provocative Women Writers, edited by Richard Thomas with an introduction from Cheryl Strayed. Gigantic Books.
The spring of her disappearance was the spring of the great wind. Not a gusty wind but a constant rush, as if all this time the world had been on a train and someone finally opened the windows. The trees filled with kites, like so many girls with gum in their hair. Clouds zoomed across the sky as if late for something.
“Where are the clouds going?” Celia asked.
“To the next part of the sky.”
“Don’t they get bored? What happens when they get to the end?”
“When they get bored, they become rain and come down to visit the dirt and the fish.”
Read the rest here.