Happy 2010, everyone. And get ready for a new spate of short fiction. We got some doozies forthcoming.

Here are ten upcoming short story collections I’m looking forward to this year.

Upcoming Short Story Collections  Sam Shepard, Day out of Days (January) 

Forthcoming stories  Amy Bloom, Where the God of Love Hangs Out (January) Stories linked by the motif of love.

New short story collections  T.C. Boyle, Wild Child (January) Boyle’s one of our best. A master of the short story.

2010 short stories Richard Bausch, Something is Out There (February) Love the cover art.

Upcoming collections Thomas Lynch, Apparition & Late Fictions (February) Haven’t read my review copy yet. Publisher’s Weekly panned it, but Kirkus praised it. Only five stories, but looking forward to the novella.

Upcoming 2010 books Brad Watson, Aliens in the Prime of Their Lives (March) 

Forthcoming books Tiphanie Yanique, How to Escape from a Leper Colony (March) Been looking for more fiction from Yanique ever since I read the title story, which won the Boston Review 2005 prize.

New 2010 stories Ron Rash, Burning Bright (March) Burning Bright review from I Read A Short Story Today. Title story first published in Ecotone, which has developed quite a nice reputation in its brief but distinguished life.

Short Stories Robin Black, If I Loved You, I Would Tell You This (March)

Boys and girls like you and me  Aryn Kyle, Boys and Girls Like You and Me (April) Contrary to the title, this one’s all about women and girls.