Porgee's BoarPorgee’s Boar by Jonathan Carroll
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this explanation/intro will be posted before each day’s short story. scroll down to get to the story-review.

this is the SEVENTH year of me doing a short story advent calendar as my december project. for those of you new to me or this endeavor, here’s the skinny: every day in december, i will be reading a short story that is 1) available free somewhere on internet, and 2) listed on goodreads as its own discrete entity. there will be links provided for those of you who like to read (or listen to) short stories for free, and also for those of you who have wildly overestimated how many books you can read in a year and are freaking out about not meeting your annual reading-challenge goals. i have been gathering links all year when tasty little tales have popped into my feed, but i will also accept additional suggestions, as long as they meet my aforementioned 1), 2) standards.

GR has deleted the pages for several of the stories i’ve read in previous years without warning, leaving me with a bunch of missing reviews and broken links, which makes me feel shitty. i have tried to restore the ones i could, but my to-do list is already a ball of nightmares, so that’s still a work-in-progress. however, because i don’t have a lot of time to waste, and because my brain has felt scraped clean ever since my bout with covid, i’m not going to bother writing much in the way of reviews for these, in case GR decides to scrap ’em again.

i am doing my best.
merry merry.


the one good thing about dropping the ball on all of my self-inflicted monthly challenges is that i have not gone to the tor site for my weekly free shorty fix since JULY, and when i popped over there today, i found that in my absence, SO MANY of my favorite authors had all-new stories for me to sink into. if anyone’s still following me, first of all, i’m sorry i have been such an absentee booknerd ere these many months, but also be prepared that this advent calendar is gonna be pretty tor-centric at the outset. which is probably for the best, since gr hasn’t deleted too many of those in the past, compared with stories from other sites. anyway, i love jonathan carroll, and not only did i just get to read Mr. Breakfasthis first novel in YEARS, but now a new story?

i needed this. thanks for all of it, jc.

read it for yourself here


2016 short story advent calendar
2017 short story advent calendar
2018 short story advent calendar
2019 short story advent calendar
2020 short story advent calendar
2021 short story advent calendar

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