“Astronauts” in The Writers Studio at 30

WS+Anthology+CoverChristopher’s story “Astronauts” appears in the anthology The Writers Studio at 30, which is available for discounted pre-order. This anthology celebrates 30 years of The Writers Studio, featuring fiction and poetry by current and former students and teachers, as well as works by the advisory board and other distinguished writers who have helped build this prestigious independent literary community. The 500-page anthology includes work from nearly 100 authors.

Book Review: Amy Dupcak’s DUST

51n-kphn0dlChristopher’s book review of DUST, a debut collection of short stories from author Amy Dupcak, appears in Issue Eighty-Eight (December 2016) of The Collagist.

The opening of this review of Amy Dupcak’s DUST:

James Hurst’s 1960 short story, “The Scarlet Ibis,” is commonly required reading for high school kids (and was adapted into an opera last year in New York City). It’s a remarkable story that opens with a garden…

From Lucid River Press: “A daring debut collection, Dust dives headfirst into the complicated waters of youth. Exploring themes of alienation, longing, self-destruction and ultimately self-awareness, the characters in Dust attempt to find meaning and form connections via sex, art, drugs, apple seeds, a cardboard dreamachine, and an aloe vera plant.”

Recently, three finalist stories

GlimmerTrainThe story “Postcard” was a finalist for Glimmer Train’s 2015 Very Short Fiction Award.

The story “Messages From a Storm” was a finalist for Glimmer Train’s 2015 Short Story Award for New Writers.

The story “Suicide Doors” was a finalist in Bayou Magazine’s 2015 Knudsen Fiction Contest.

Review of short story in Cleaver Magazine

Cleaver Mag Issue 2

Some kind words about Christopher’s short story from a reviewer of Cleaver Magazine’s latest issue: “The issue’s best short stories come from Kat Carlson and Christopher X. Shade and fit squarely into literary fiction rubric… Shade’s “In Very Little Time on the Nile” is a lyrical meditation on storytelling and people watching as Howard, a man on a tourist cruise to Aswan, imagines the life an attractive fellow passenger has been leading alongside his over the course of their intersecting vacations. Shade cleverly uses the woman’s scarf as a trigger for Howard’s fantasies, and it becomes a recurring detail, a thread that tightens the story’s scope.”

Christopher’s story “In Very Little Time On The Nile” appeared in Cleaver Magazine Issue #2, June 2013.

See the full review at The Review Review here: “New Online Mag Cuts Sharply Through the Din