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 Wilkins https://www.amazon.com/Time-Well-Bent-Alternative-2009-10-20/dp/B01FGNSML4/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=Time+Well-Bent&qid=1627720956&s=books&sr=1-1

(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

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

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