Neil Gaiman is, of course, the best author in the world, and I fully admit I’m in the minority when I say that I enjoy his short stories a lot more than I do his novels. One of his best short story collections is Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders.
The stories in this collection blend horror and fantasy, and the Gaiman specialty: the other-world that thinly borders our own. Stories include “October in the Chair” in which the months of the year swap tales around a campfire, and “Harlequin Valentine,” one of my all time favorite stories to hear Gaiman perform.
In this book, Gaiman explores everything from death and life, the living dead, cannibalism, and storytelling itself. Each story is told with Gaiman’s characteristic apathy of the other-worldly, the weird, and the dreadful.
If you get a chance, listen to Gaiman’s audiobook of these stories, but if you read them, you won’t be disappointed.
Wine Rating: 5/5
Best Paired With: a glass of milk