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Storyville: Top Ten Best Short Stories Ever

Storyville: Top Ten Best Short Stories Ever
How dare I make a list of the top ten short stories ever, right? Who the hell do I think I am? Well, obviously I’m a fan of fiction, of the short story form. I’m also an author. And I now have my MFA in Creative Writing as well. Most of these stories are heavily anthologized or are available in a collection by that author. In no particular order: 1. If you want to know what contemporary literary horror looks like, this is the place to go. Buy I Hate To See That Evening Sun Go Down: Collected Stories from 2. For many people, this may be the only bit of her writing that they've ever read. 3. I’ve always been a fan of JCO, and her writing is literary fiction that isn’t afraid to take you over the cliff, never to return. 4. If you haven’t read his collection Jesus’ Son, by all means pick it up now. 5. You knew I’d have at least one of King’s stories on this list. 6. If you aren’t familiar with George Saunders you should really pick up some of his work. 7. 8. 9. 10. Author:

10 Websites Where You Can Enjoy Reading Short Stories and Flash Fiction Do you feel that shorter attention spans are giving short stories a leg up? I personally don’t feel so, because a story well-told is a story well-enjoyed, short or stretched. Short stories have always been a popular form of writing. It is also the cloth where a wannabe writer cuts his first teeth. Many of our greatest authors have also inked memorable short stories. O. Short stories are not only great writing practice for the beginner author, but it’s the same for the child who can be put on a diet of classic reading through short stories. The best thing is that you can try out a variety of genres and writing styles in the time it takes to do a bus commute. American Literature A short story site that has been worth a visit since 1997; you can check out the huge alphabetical list of literary stories, most of them classics in their own right. 365 Tomorrows East of the Web East of The Web features stories on crime, fiction, non-fiction, horror, humor, romance, sci-fi, and children’s. Story

10 best short-story collections of 2015 Posted by Trisha on December 03, 2015 This year was a stellar one for short fiction. In addition to releases from celebrated practitioners of the form, like Kelly Link and Edith Pearlman, it also saw the emergence of fresh, exciting voices—and a short story collection even managed to nab the National Book Award. These 10 collections were standouts for us. Almost Famous Women by Megan Mayhew Bergman In her first collection of stories, Birds of a Lesser Paradise (2012), Megan Mayhew Bergman focused on the relationships between humans and animals. Read the full review>> Barbara the Slut (and Other People) by Lauren Holmes Lauren Holmes’ debut, Barbara the Slut and Other People, is lighter fare . . . but don’t equate light with inconsequential. Read the full review>> Fortune Smiles by Adam Johnson It takes a writer of immense confidence and talent to fashion beautiful stories that chronicle ordinary people coping with devastating challenges. Read the full review>> Get in Trouble by Kelly Link

46 Brilliant Short Novels You Can Read In A Day 16 Truly Terrifying Super-Short Stories 14 Fantastic Stories From The New Yorker Archive You Should Read This Summer 9 classic horror stories you can read right now 1. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, by Washington Irving (1820) There's a good chance you read Washington Irving's classic short story in high school. This sequestered glen has long been known by the name of Sleepy Hollow, and its rustic lads are called the Sleepy Hollow Boys throughout all the neighboring country. 2. There are any number of Edgar Allan Poe short stories that are worthy of this list — feel free to browse them all for yourself — but if I had to choose just one, I'd recommend the underrated William Wilson, in which a man describes a disturbing encounter with his own doppelganger. Let me call myself, for the present, William Wilson. Read the rest of the story. 3. Bram Stoker gets a lot of credit for kicking off vampire literature with Dracula, but Sheridan Le Fanu beat him to the punch a full 25 years earlier with the gothic tale Carmilla. Read the rest of the story. 4. Read the rest of the story. 5. Read the rest of the story. 6. "Hark at the wind," said Mr. 7. 8. 9.

Free ebooks by Project Gutenberg - Gutenberg Short Stories at East of the Web A game of Scrabble has serious consequences. - Length: 4 pages - Age Rating: PG - Genre: Crime, Humor A semi-barbaric king devises a semi-barabaric (but entirely fair) method of criminal trial involving two doors, a beautiful lady and a very hungry tiger. - Length: 7 pages - Genre: Fiction, Humor Sandra performed her little charade in front of the mirror and morphed into the Gisela character on a whim. - Length: 20 pages - Genre: I won’t tell anyone about the diagnosis. - Length: 8 pages - Genre: Fiction “Going souling", they used to call it. Stella cannot remember a time before nature was her haven, her place of peace and healing. - Age Rating: U “We left the map behind,” said Annie as they were five hours away from Anstruther, pulling into their own driveway. - Length: 7 pages - Age Rating: U - Genre: Nothing is as visceral as holding a handful of human ash. - Length: 9 pages - Age Rating: PG - Genre: Fiction - Length: 6 pages - Length: 20 pages A game of Scrabble has serious consequences. - Genre:

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Read 19 Short Stories From Nobel Prize-Winning Writer Alice Munro Free Online Calling her a “master of the contemporary short story,” the Swedish Academy awarded 82-year-old Alice Munro the Nobel Prize in Literature today. It is well-deserved, and hard-earned (and comes not long after she announced her retirement from fiction). After 14 story collections, Munro has reached at least a couple generations of writers with her psychologically subtle stories about ordinary men and women in Huron County, Ontario, her birthplace and home. Of that region she loves, Munro has said: “It means something to me that no other country can—no matter how important historically that other country may be, how ‘beautiful,’ how lively and interesting. Munro was no young literary phenom—she did not achieve fame in her twenties with stories in The New Yorker. Why do I like to write short stories? Whether Munro’s adherence to the short form has always been a matter of expediency, or whether it’s just what her stories need to be, hardly matters to readers who love her work.

Short Story Month: Best short stories to read online for free May is Short Story Month, a celebration of bite-size fiction. Fill your day with a tale or two. "Short stories are tiny windows into other worlds and other minds and other dreams. "Symbols and Signs" by Vladimir Nabokov Whether you love Nabokov or have never read him before, this story proves how much punch the Russian master can pack into just four pages. "The system of his delusions had been the subject of an elaborate paper in a scientific monthly, which the doctor at the sanitarium had given to them to read. Reading time: 8 minutes "Haunting Olivia" by Karen Russell Russell is a short story wunderkind who swept onto the scene with her dark and magical collection "St. In "Haunting Olivia," two young brothers think they've discovered scuba-diving goggles that will allow them to see the dead. "The diabolical goggles were designed for little girls. Reading time: 20 minutes "The Last Night of the World" by Ray Bradbury Bradbury mastered dystopia before it became the latest literary trend.