Historical Fiction for Day #18 of Short-Story Month.


By Jeff Baker

I love historical fiction, and there are plenty of short-stories in the genre. Steven Saylor wrote a series of novels and short stories set in Ancient Rome featuring Gordianus the Finder, basically a private detective. The short stories (most of them anyway) are collected in “The House of the Vestals” and “A Gladiator Dies But Once.”https://www.amazon.com/House-Vestals-Investigations-Gordianus-Finder/dp/0312154445/ref=olp_product_details?_encoding=UTF8&me=&qid=1558250850&sr=1-1

Alternate History is a genre by itself, but the stories fit as historicals, especially if the history is well-researched and presented.  The only anthology of LGBT themed-stories of alternate history I know of is “Time Well Bent,” edited by Connie Wilkinshttps://www.amazon.com/Time-Well-Bent-Alternative-Histories/dp/1590211340/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Time+Well+Bent%2C+Wilkins&qid=1558250188&s=books&sr=1-1-catcorr

(I should mention here that Steven Saylor is gay, and gay characters make their way into the Gordianus stories, as attitudes towards LGBT people were different in the Rome of 60-something B.C.)

There have been several “Mammoth Books Of…” featuring historical mysteries, usually edited by Mike Ashley. This one is a good starting point:  https://www.amazon.com/Mammoth-Book-Historical-Whodunnits/dp/1841193739/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=mammoth+book+of+historical+detective&qid=1558250426&s=books&sr=1-1

Happy reading! Remember that our times will be historical stories someday too!

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