Dreamsongs: Volume 1 (2006) by George R. R. Martin

A fantastic collection of George R. R. Martin’s short fiction. It’s split into thematic sections, instead of being structured purely chronologically, which I think was a good choice. Before each section, there’s an introduction by Martin where he describes his mindset and position in life when he wrote the forthcoming stories. These introductions are really…

The Pear-Shaped Man (1987) by George R. R. Martin

A disturbing, sickening psychological horror story. Just utterly nauseating. It won Martin the Bram Stoker Award for Best Long Fiction back in 1987, and it’s easy to see why, as it’s a very memorable and fascinating story. Martin imbibes the story with such a strong sense of dread and repulsion, he’s so good at bringing…

The Monkey Treatment (1983) by George R. R. Martin

A fantastic, very creepy short horror story by George R. R. Martin. It features one of Martin’s most creative and freakiest ideas for a story, and some of Martin’s finest actual writing, in terms of prose. Here, his penchant for excessive food descriptions is the entire point of the story, as it revolves around an…

Remembering Melody (1981) by George R. R. Martin

A captivating, effective psychological horror short story. Martin delivers a sharp, disturbing take on the idea of imbalanced friendships, and the discomfort that comes from friends stuck in an earlier stage of their lives when one has moved on. Broken promises also play a big part, as do the different levels of seriousness different people…

In the Lost Lands (1982) by George R. R. Martin

An interesting supernatural fantasy short story by George R. R. Martin. Plenty of twists and turns, and it doesn’t overstay its welcome. The characters and well-sketched given the brevity of the story, and the worldbuilding is of appropriate scope – no ungainly infodumps here, nor a complete lack of a creative setting either. I liked…