Story Reviews

“Schrödinger’s” (Interzone)

Interzone #274 has arrived with some great stories. Kandi and Jenn open a unique strip club with the help of a Dr. Bitta Ringenbach…a war from the south is approaching San Diego. Can they use what they have to do something about it? Bizarre fun.”



“Re-stitched” (Split Lip Magazine)

Fiction of the Week
January 25, 2018

Longform Fiction


“The Rocket Farmer” (Interzone)

“a trippy little ride fusing rocket science with good ol’ southern-fried folksiness. The result is a character-rich story about family that delivers quite the emotional punch.”

–Wayne Simmons,

“This glows alone, without need of rocket science….Multi-viewpointed, complete with mourning doves, Mongolian ancestry, oxygen candles, gunpowder cylinders, rocket blooms.”

–Des Lewis, Dreamcatcher Real-Time Reviews


“Everyone Gets a Happy Ending” (Interzone)

“[a] very unusual well-told tale”

–Sam Tomaino, SFRevu

“This plainly-spoken post-apocalyptic equitopia holds many complex questions within it….The story is a sort of sanctuary from today’s ‘new reality’ and I leave it to you to find it from scratch, always the best way for besties and beasties alike.”

–Des Lewis, Dreamcatcher Real-Time Reviews


“One Thousand Paper Cranes” (Kaleidotrope)

“I really love this unsettling, strange, and dark story. I love good stories about sibling relationships, and Day captures the magic, and the love/hate bond really well. There’s darkness here, pain and violence lurking just below the surface, and the longing for something different, for the world to change. And then there’s the visceral horror of being changed…”

–Maria Haskins, Monthly Short Fiction Roundup

“[a] nicely strange tale”

–Sam Tomaino, SFRevu


“A Pinhole of Light” (Black Static)

“It’s a gorgeously written story, one which melds aspects of magical realism and a southern gothic flavour to beautiful and immersive effect. Ultimately, it’s a story about obsession, love, loss, and sorrow, and would work just as well as an even longer piece; indeed, the level of detail and wealth of invented mythology virtually demand this.”

–Sam Tomaino, This Is Horror

“A well-crafted, touching tale. Day’s photographic metaphor interestingly includes the consequences of the digital age.”

–Paula Guran, Locus Magazine


“Holes in Heaven” (Isthmus)

“[a] compelling story… “Holes in Heaven,” is about two brothers covertly plotting a reunion with their parents by means of a bazaar science experiment. Threaded throughout this story is a constellation of complicating factors, such as the twin brothers’ rivalries and insecurities, their loneliness and what it drives them to. The ending is startling and elegant.”

–5-Star Rating, The Review Review


“The Thirteen Tuesdays of Saint Anthony” (Farrago’s Wainscot)

–Tangent Online‘s 2015 Recommended List

 “…an intriguing tale….Written in the form of a grant application, the story details the sufferings of the mythical city of Farsdale Massachusetts….Her conclusion is both tragic and macabre.”

–Robert Turner, Tangent Online

“This story, told as a grant application/project proposal, is some seriously dark business. Like, seriously dark. It follow the plan of one person to reach a new divinity, the former God and patron saint of the town, the patron saint of lost things, no longer actually answering prayers….a dark and twisted path, but the story makes it beautiful all the same.”

–Charles Payseur, Quick Sip Reviews


“Florida Miracles” (Interzone)

“Another father-daughter relationship….I got a great feeling from this story’s complex and mature vision masked initially as a tale about young people self-harming with knives…”

–Des Lewis, Dreamcatcher Real-Time Reviews


“The Re’em Song” (Interzone)

“…a love that reminds me constructively…of the love threading through ‘The Buried Giant’ ambiance of Kazuo Ishiguro’s new novel…and vice versa from Day to Ishiguro.”

–Des Lewis, Dreamcatcher Real-Time Reviews


“The Faces Between Us” (Interzone)

“A highly strung story that highballs through this review’s main pitch, full of pithy meanings….this shortish [story] jabs out a staccato sense that I “snort” straight through Neil Williamson’s golden nose into my brain…”

–Des Lewis, Dreamcatcher Real-Time Reviews


“Paradigm Shift” (Electric Velocipede)

“Day mixes steampunk, sexbot, and cyborg in a short needling number about the sexualization of child pageants.”

–A. J. Fitzwater, Pickled Think