Cover features the word 'Shorts' in large text, as well as '2'.

Shorts, Volume Two

Stories from 2019’s digital-first series

$23.00 (includes shipping)

978-1-913007-06-5 · 336 pages · 129 × 198 mm · Jul. 2020


In these eleven stories—collected from the second year of Platypus Press’ Shorts digital fiction series—a widow reminisces as beetles ravage the trees outside her home, a man strives to prevent his sister uploading her consciousness into a mechanical bee, and, in the midst of 9/11, a young girl traverses grief—both cultural and familial. Stories where history and memory are central: from war, both global and civil, to a dystopian near-future, to love lost and love never truly known.

Featuring stories from: Michelle Bailat-Jones, Zahid Gamieldien, Hasanthika Sirisena, Aaron Burch, Sofia Mostaghimi, John Elizabeth Stintzi, Aram Mrjoian, Jenessa Abrams, Khristian Mecom, Joseph Han, and Garrett Biggs.

Anthology edited by Michelle Tudor.


Praise & Reviews

I am a particular fan of the press’ digital short fiction, in which they have shown they are in no way limited by genre, nor do they limit the artists they publish and nurture. With stellar and attractive layout and cover designs, as well as a keen eye for stories rich in detail and singular in scope, the series has showcased the vast range of writers we need to add to our shelves. — Jennifer Baker

These inventive stories will impress you not just with their range of styles, premises, and thematic concerns, but with their focus on matters of the human heart. — Leland Cheuk

Platypus is publishing some of the most compelling short stories being written—stories that engage your intellect yet also twist your gut. These rich fictions lure you in until you find you are reading a far more devastating story than the one you started. — Elise Blackwell

The work in this series is deftly crafted and deeply engaging, compelling and resonant and elegantly written. With stories from the sharpest writers of contemporary short fiction, this is the short story at its best. — Kirsten Sundberg Lunstrum