Twelve Days – Anthology


Yuletide Greetings, short story fans! Today is National Short Story Day. It’s also the shortest day of the year, which we plan to celebrate in true short fiction style by bringing you our Twelve Days Christmas Anthology. Twelve science-fiction, fantasy and horror flash fiction stories to mark the shortest day, and the longest night. Before you know it, the daylight will be gone and we’ll be plunged into the darkest of winter nights, the one night of the year where it feels the darkness will never end.

We asked writers submitting to Dark Fiction Magazine to keep in mind the traditional Twelve Days Of Christmas song, a song which ended with the lines:

Twelve drummers drumming,
Eleven pipers piping,
Ten lords a-leaping,
Nine ladies dancing,
Eight maids a-milking,
Seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree!

Plenty of material for imaginative writers to play with and play they most certainly did. The Dark Fiction Magazine Team had a great time reading through the submissions and it was a very tough call when it came to selecting our final twelve tales. Still, our twelve winners were eventually picked, the stories recorded, and we’re proud to present them to you here and now.

So, stop worrying about train delays, Christmas presents still to buy, and trying to remember if you’ve sent a card to absolutely everyone you know: relax, put your feet up, give up one of those shortest day hours to some fine fiction with a truly Christmas feel.