“Postcard” in Gravel

Screen Shot 2017-10-16 at 9.55.59 AMChristopher’s story “Postcard,” about a childless couple who adore a neighbor’s boy who gets in fights in the alley behind their house, appears in the November 2017 issue of Gravel. Gravel is a literary magazine produced by the MFA program in creative writing at the University of Arkansas at Monticello. The story is available to read online in full.

“Astronauts” in The Writers Studio at 30

WS+Anthology+CoverChristopher’s story “Astronauts” appears in the anthology The Writers Studio at 30, which is available to order online. This anthology celebrates 30 years of The Writers Studio, featuring fiction and poetry by current and former students and teachers, as well as works by the advisory board and other distinguished writers who have helped build this prestigious independent literary community. The 500-page anthology includes work from nearly 100 authors.

“Messages from a Storm” in Quarterly West

Christopher’s story “Messages from a Storm” appears in Quarterly West, as part of winning the 2016 Writers @ Work Fellowship Competition. Quarterly West again has its archives available online after a website transition; this story is available to read online in Issue 88.

Quarterly West is the online literary journal run and staffed by PhD creative writing  students at the University of Utah.


Review of short story in Cleaver Magazine

Cleaver Mag Issue 2

Some kind words about Christopher’s short story from a reviewer of Cleaver Magazine’s latest issue: “The issue’s best short stories come from Kat Carlson and Christopher X. Shade and fit squarely into literary fiction rubric… Shade’s “In Very Little Time on the Nile” is a lyrical meditation on storytelling and people watching as Howard, a man on a tourist cruise to Aswan, imagines the life an attractive fellow passenger has been leading alongside his over the course of their intersecting vacations. Shade cleverly uses the woman’s scarf as a trigger for Howard’s fantasies, and it becomes a recurring detail, a thread that tightens the story’s scope.”

Christopher’s story “In Very Little Time On The Nile” appeared in Cleaver Magazine Issue #2, June 2013.

See the full review at The Review Review here: “New Online Mag Cuts Sharply Through the Din