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Schäfer's Round Up - Third Time's the Charm

This week I 'ave mostly bin readin...

By L.C. SchäferPublished 24 days ago Updated 24 days ago 3 min read
Top Story - September 2023
Schäfer's Round Up - Third Time's the Charm
Photo by Biegun Wschodni on Unsplash

Anyone else remember The Fast Show? No? Arthur Weasley coming out of his shed and telling you he's mostly been wearing nipple clamps?

No? OK, then, moving swiftly on...

Here's a handful of pieces I enjoyed this week. Knock yourself out!

The Precipice by Stephen A. Roddewig

Why I think you should read it: It's a solid bit of horror, and gorgeously descriptive.

Stand out line:

The first line is a strong contender. It pulled me in immediately. I got the sense straight away that he was finding a corpse. It set the mood and hooked me. But aside from that:

felt his heartbeat slowing even as his skin rippled with the static charge that hung in the air.

Somehow that line painted a vivid picture for me.

Here it is:


Whale Song by Celia in Underland

Why I think you should read it: Because we all need our hearts broken from time to time. This is painfully poignant, and it thrums with the awesome strength of a mother's love. (Don't look up quokkas, that will ruin the point somewhat.)

A quokka - nature's worst mother

Stand out line:

The last one - and I'm not going to quote it here, because I want you to experience the build up to it and that sucker punch to the gut for yourself.


Anamnesis by Bridget Couture

Why I think you should read it: Because it will make you cry, or as near as dammit, and there aren't many written pieces that I can say that about.

Stand out line

There’s always life in a memory, if you look for it. There are always traces in the sand after the walker is gone.


The Lineman by Zack Graham

Why I think you should read it: Because it's one of the weirdest and most compelling things I've read on here in a long time! It's creepy and strange and ever so slightly unsettling in all the right ways. I love that Zack gives us a little peek behind the curtain, as well. Always interesting to see the little seed where story ideas come from.

Stand out line:

Not the best line, but the one that piqued my curiosity, and said, ooh, this piece is different...

Just like the dream. There wasn’t much left to go now.

Go and give it a read.


Hansel and Gretel and Hansel and Gretel by Gerard DiLeo

An original re-telling (yes I know how that sounds) of the famous fairy tale.

Why I think you should read it: Honestly, I've never seen it told like this before. Quirky and different, the voice and the sense of humour are distinct and present throughout. This writer has a bunch of solid pieces, so it is well worth your time to browse their page. The multiple references to two, second, double will make you smirk. The house in the cover picture even has two chimneys - the attention to detail is such that this story will hold up well to a second reading.

Stand out line:

Unlike their fair mother, Gretel, Lisha was, first--red of hair and had a ruddy complexion. Secondly, again unlike their fair mother, Lisha was alive.

Here it is:


There you go - those were some of the pieces I enjoyed this week! Thank you for stopping by. If you have any fiction pieces you recommend (yours or someone else's) you are very welcome to link them in the comments and I will give them a look. Please tell me why you recommend them - what makes them stand out.

Quick note: I've had a surge of comments in the last few days, exactly at the time another project has pulled me away from Vocal. I will respond to everyone properly in the coming week, but please know that if you are one of those supportive souls, your kindness is noted and much appreciated.


Previous installments:

Round Up - 1

Round Up - 2

Is it worth linking to any of my other stuff here? Does anyone ever click through?

Here's a bit of micro that I was pretty proud of when I wrote it (very short, only 100 words, so will only take you a minute):


About the Creator

L.C. Schäfer

Flexing the writing muscle.

Never so naked as I am on a page. Subscribe for "nudes".

I'm also Twitter if you'd like to connect elsewhere.

I value feedback, and reciprocate reads and comments.

Also writing under the name S.E. Holz

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  • Jack Thompson20 days ago

    Great post

  • Dana Stewart21 days ago

    Thanks for the recommendations, and congrats on the Top Story. I looked up quokkas because I'm a rebel, lol

  • Phil Flannery22 days ago

    Thanks for highlighting these. I'll do my best to read them.

  • Kendall Defoe 22 days ago

    Interesting list...will check out all the links, including yours, soon. TS! 🏅

  • Great recommendations!

  • D. D. Lee22 days ago

    Thank you for the recommendations and congrats on Top Story !

  • I had a sneaking suspicion this one might make Top Story and/or a vested interest in seeing that happen. Either way, glad to see it made its way to the front page 😁

  • Judey Kalchik 22 days ago

    I can tell you that it’s worth linking your stuff- sometimes people do click through!

  • Congratulations on your Top Story🎉

  • Mackenzie Davis22 days ago

    I am coming back with my thoughts! You shall see me again...

  • Paul Stewart22 days ago

    I need to read these! Congrats on Top Story, LC - just picking up accolades from Vocal this week hehe!

  • BENEDETH BILLION22 days ago

    I will check this out

  • Matthew Fromm22 days ago

    Always a joy seeing these collections! Love when others do the filtering for me on what to read lol

  • Great selection. I'd read a couple of them previously, but enjoyed the revisiting.

  • I know everyone you've mentioned except for Zack. I've subscribed to him now. I've not read the ones by Stephen, Bridget and Zack so I'll be coming back to those! Thank you so much for this installment!

  • Zack Graham23 days ago

    Thanks for the shout out! And congratulations again!

  • Thank you do much for the feature-I feel very honoured! I will certainly check out your other recommendations! Thank you! 🤍

  • I’ll check out the micro! Great work and Gazoogabloga to the eldritch! Wonderfully written!

  • Alexander McEvoy23 days ago

    Oh this is such a nice list of recommendations!

  • Harmony Kent23 days ago

    Lots of wonderful things to read here! Thanks so much for sharing, L.C. Hugs 💕😊

  • Thanks so much for the feature—and for highlighting some other pieces for me to check out!

  • Hannah Moore24 days ago

    Outstanding selection, again, thank you. I've not read the long one yet, but I'm going to trust it's worth it.

  • Some excellent stories there, thank you for sharing

  • Rachel Deeming24 days ago

    I know Gerard. His work is very unique. And Celia is great too but missed Whale Song so glad you highlighted it here. Also, I know The Fast Show. Brilliant!

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