One of the great things about speculative fiction is it can feel familiar, but also be completely new. Back in April, we published a story that felt like it could have been local folklore from a couple thousand years ago, but it also happened in a place that wasn’t necessarily of this world, either. It was a beautiful contradiction, and it’s one of the main reasons we chose it for our Best of 2014 list.
For the next installment of Best of 2014, we’re taking a short jaunt back to November. We published a story that felt overly simplistic at first, but as we read on, we discovered it had some real emotion hidden underneath. It was a perfect example of how authors can use all sorts of styles and tones to make us think about the human condition.
We’re throwing it back almost to the first story we published in 2014. This story had such a nice sense of scale — despite taking place almost exclusively inside a small cave — that we fell in love with it immediately. We also like a story that puts enemies in unlikely circumstances, forcing them to interact and see the world in a new perspective, which this story does with grace.
After a tight race, which wasn’t really a race, but you get the idea, we’ve collected the results of the December 2014 Reader’s Choice Poll. The will of the people shall be made known, although we can’t claim to speak for all people because there’s still a significant portion of the human population that hasn’t… you know what, you’re right; we should just go ahead and reveal the winner.
One of the nice things about looking back at the best stories of the previous year is that we can celebrate the ones that didn’t get the Editor’s Choice Award but still deserve to be lauded. Today’s story is a perfect example of this.
We’re kicking off the retrospective of the best stories from 2014 with one of the stories that surprised us most. First, a little background: We’re universally anti-vampire around here. No reason to go into the why and wherefore, partially because it’s probably obvious already. But the bottom line is that we really dislike vampire stories. So imagine our surprise when early in 2014 a tale crossed our inbox and instantly made us break our house rule.
The holidays are nearly over, and we’re wrapping up the second year of Fiction Vortex. We hope both have been good for you. There are a couple things left to do before we start popping those little weird fake champagne popper thingies and kick off the new year. For instance, we need to announce the last Editor’s Choice winner of 2014.
We are exceptionally proud of the slate of stories this month. It was a fantastic way to end the year, and picking the best this month was harder than getting a troll to smile. We finally reached a consensus, and the winner is…
If you have to work this week, you have our sympathies. If you don’t have to work this week but are still stuck with family, you have our condolences. If you are working, and your work involves conducting research on family dynamics during the holidays, then we have no idea what to say to you. Except, maybe, that you’re a glutton for punishment, and you should seek help immediately.
It was an interesting month, with some unsetting stories. But we’ve settled on the winner of the Editor’s Choice Award for November 2014. You’ll be wanting to know who that is, right?
Wait no longer; the winner is: