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Share some short stories you enjoy

Preferably ones available to read online.

I'll start with something short and well-known from Nabokov: Symbols and Signs.

by Anonymousreply 11305/20/2019

Alice Munro, Boys and Girls.

by Anonymousreply 103/27/2019

The monkey's paw

by Anonymousreply 203/27/2019

Melville's Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall-Street

by Anonymousreply 303/27/2019

The best short story will always be The Lottery.

by Anonymousreply 403/27/2019

Jack London's "A Piece of Steak," about an aging boxer past his prime.

by Anonymousreply 503/27/2019

Everything in Joyce's "Dubliners," but especially "A Painful Case" and "The Dead" (the latter perhaps a novella).

Will a Cather's "Paul's Case."

by Anonymousreply 603/27/2019

Bret Harte's "The Outcasts of Poker Flat"

by Anonymousreply 703/27/2019

"The Catbird Seat" by James Thurber

by Anonymousreply 803/27/2019

The Informers by Bret Easton Ellis. A collection of short stories.

by Anonymousreply 903/27/2019

Salvatore Scibona, Tremendous Machine

by Anonymousreply 1003/27/2019

Annie Proulx Man Crawling out of Trees!

by Anonymousreply 1103/27/2019

Brokeback Mountain

by Anonymousreply 1203/27/2019

Flanner O'Connor's "A Good Man is Hard to Find."

by Anonymousreply 1303/27/2019

Flannery, I meant.

by Anonymousreply 1403/27/2019

Flannery O'Connor's stories are tremendous, hilariously funny, morally serious (the main character almost always gets killed), but her style as a writer is just amazing, the way the stories are narrated. "A Good Man is Hard to Find" is maybe her most famous. It's a terrible shame that she died at just the age of 36.

by Anonymousreply 1503/27/2019

FAULKNER wrote a lot of short stories, and many of them are very, very good. The collection THE UNVANQUISHED is about the immediate aftermath of the Civil War, and seems to be based on things that his "Mammy", Caroline Barr told him about what happened then (she had lived through it as a child). It's pretty amazing.

by Anonymousreply 1603/27/2019

Susan Sontag, The Way We Live Now

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by Anonymousreply 1803/27/2019

Boule de suif by Guy de Maupassant.

Also, the title story from Hearts In Atlantis by Stephen King. (Not to be confused with the film which was adapted from an entirely different story.)

by Anonymousreply 1903/27/2019

Anton Chekhob, Ward No. 6

by Anonymousreply 2003/27/2019

Another Southern woman, Eudora Welty. Try "Where Is the Voice Coming From?" It's about the assassination of Medgar Evers, the civil rights leader, and it is told through the voice of the killer.

by Anonymousreply 2103/27/2019

The Appointment in Samarra, by Somerset Maugham...

And r12, it’s a beautifully written short story, and amazing that such a fulsome movie could come from just a few pages...

by Anonymousreply 2203/27/2019

R22, good one.

by Anonymousreply 2303/27/2019

I read this story in a collection of lesbian short stories I bought at Giovanni's Room in Philly back in the day. It gave me chills then and it has ever since. Read it -- it will only take10-15 minutes. I don't know if it's exactly what you would call "enjoyable," but you'll form some mental pictures you'll never forget.

by Anonymousreply 2403/27/2019

Another vote for O’Connor. Check out “Revelation “

by Anonymousreply 2503/27/2019

The scary stories to tell in the dark series have always been one of my faves.

by Anonymousreply 2603/27/2019

"Miles" by Michael Tyrell from the anthology "Cool Thing."

by Anonymousreply 2703/27/2019

I love Alice Munro's work

by Anonymousreply 2803/27/2019

The World's Most Dangerous Game

by Anonymousreply 2903/27/2019

While I really didn't like In Cold Blood, Capotes' short stories are wonderful.

by Anonymousreply 3003/27/2019

The Gift of the Magi - O. Henry

Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge - Ambrose Bierce

The Real Thing - Henry James (one of the few things I could ever stand reading by him)

The Lottery - Shirley Jackon

by Anonymousreply 3103/27/2019

R8 - seconding your mention of Thurber's "The Cat Bird Seat"

And seconding the mention of Flannery O'Connor's work.

by Anonymousreply 3203/27/2019

Katherine Anne Porter: The Old Order; and Old Mortality

I like Flannery O'Connor a lot too, my favorite is "The River".

by Anonymousreply 3303/27/2019

"The Last Leaf" "Gift of the Magi" "Jimmy Valentine" by O Henry "where do you come from where will you go" anything by Saki

by Anonymousreply 3403/27/2019

Years ago, I remember reading a short story about a little girl who inexplicably showed up at an older woman's house and wouldn't leave. I wish I could remember the name of it.

by Anonymousreply 3503/27/2019

[35] That was a very popular story by Truman Capote. I can’t recall the title but it was a female’s name.

by Anonymousreply 3603/27/2019

My Life With R.H. Macy by Shirley Jackson. It's included on this wonderful Maureen Stapleton recording.....

by Anonymousreply 3703/27/2019

The Capote story is "Miriam". It's one of the "Trilogy" of short films adapted from his stories in 1969.

by Anonymousreply 3803/27/2019

R35 here you go

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by Anonymousreply 4003/27/2019

Ah - that’s it! What an oddly enduring story

by Anonymousreply 4103/27/2019

Mary Flannery O'Connor, who dropped the Mary because she said Mary O'Connor sounded like an Irish washerwoman, died at 39. I spent a summer in Milledgeville and visited her farm at Andalusia.

R22: "fulsome"--that word does not mean what you think it means.

Hemingway's short stories (especially the Nick Adams ones--I went to his high school) are better than all of his novels except "The Dun Also RIses."

ANothern Southern woman: Kathrrine Anne Porter, especially "Pale Horde, Pale Rider" and "The Jilting of Granny Weatherall."

Jane Hamilton's "Rehearsing 'The Firebird'" is a lovely, wry masterpiece of the adolescent girl as budding artist.

by Anonymousreply 4203/27/2019

Thomas Mann's "Mario and the Magician".

by Anonymousreply 4303/27/2019

"A Small Good Thing" by Raymond Carver

by Anonymousreply 4403/27/2019

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, "A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings."

by Anonymousreply 4503/27/2019

R42, "The Dun Also Rises" was quite the masterpiece. Only succeeded by Dicken's "Greige Expectations" and Stendhal's "The Red and The Taupe".

by Anonymousreply 4603/27/2019

You don't see short stories much anymore or discussions about them. I LOVE short stories. My favorites

[bold]Ballad of the Sad Café[/bold] by Carson McCullers - an awesome meditation on unrequited love and S Gothic, too. [bold]Madame Zilensky and the King of Finland[/bold], also by Carson McCullers - made me understand why mom lied so much [bold]A Good Man Is Hard to Find[/bold] by Flannery O'Connor - evil in everyday life.

Agree with everything else mentioned. Guy de Maupassant's [bold]The Necklace[/bold] and [bold]False Gems[/bold] are so wonderful critiques of high society, its aspirants and its victims. Both still relevant today.

by Anonymousreply 4703/27/2019

I love short stories. My all-time favourite: Isak Dinesen's ghost story, "The Supper at Elsinore".

by Anonymousreply 4803/27/2019

Percival Everett, The Fix

by Anonymousreply 4903/27/2019

William Saroyan, The Summer of the Beautiful White Horse

by Anonymousreply 5003/27/2019

Dineson - Babette's Feast, Deluge at Norderney

de Maupassant - The Necklace, La Maison Tellier, The Piece of String, A Tress of Hair (La Chevelure)

O. Henry - Gift of the Magi, The Last Leaf, The Ransom of Red Chief

Proulx - Brokeback Mountain

Poe - Tell-Tale Heart

Lawson - The Drover's Wife

by Anonymousreply 5103/27/2019

Here's a delightfully creepy tale.

"The Yellow Wall-Paper" by Charlotte Perkins Stetson.

by Anonymousreply 5203/27/2019

R44--Agree with "A Small, Good Thing" by Raymond Carver. I think of this story all the time.

Kurt Vonnegut: "Welcome to the Monkey House" and "Harrison Bergeron."

JD Salinger: "A Perfect Day for Bananafish," "To Esmé, With Love and Squalor," "Teddy."

"The Lottery" is great. "The Monkey Paw" freaked me out as a kid, I never want to reread this story. Otherwise, I am drawing a blank on good short stories.

by Anonymousreply 5303/27/2019

Here are 10 online short stories by the wonderful H.H. Munro whose pen name was Saki. "The Open Window" is a classic and features one of Saki's remarkable and quietly hilarious young women.

by Anonymousreply 5403/27/2019

Anyone remember a short story about a kid who stayed in a house that had a stuffed dog? The dog comes back to life and kills the kid, if I remember correctly. It was in a young adult book of short stories in the mid 80s.

by Anonymousreply 5503/28/2019

I might as well mention some more:

May Day (F. Scott Fitzgerald)

Miss Lonelyhearts (Nathaniel West)

A Church Mouse (Mary Wilkins Freeman)

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde (Stevenson)

A Good Marriage (Stephen King)

by Anonymousreply 5603/28/2019

r46 Damn that autocorrect! (But I like your other "suggestions"!)

by Anonymousreply 5703/28/2019

Dorothy Parker's Horsie.

by Anonymousreply 5803/28/2019

R44 - Seconding your Salinger mention "To Esmé, With Love and Squalor"

by Anonymousreply 5903/28/2019

Bernice Bobs Her Hair - F. Scott Fitzgerald Shut a Final Door - Truman Capote Brokeback Mountain - Annie Proulx

by Anonymousreply 6003/28/2019

Do you like the film version, r60?

by Anonymousreply 6103/28/2019

R61 I've never seen it.

I'll also add: Repent Harlequin! said the TickTock Man by Harlan Ellison

by Anonymousreply 6203/28/2019

Fulsome - of large size or quantity; generous or abundant. How does that not apply to a full length movie made from a short story of just a few pages, r42?

by Anonymousreply 6303/28/2019

"Shut A Final Door" by Truman Capote

by Anonymousreply 6403/28/2019

Thanks for all these tips -- I need to read, or re-read, some of these stories!

Of stories that haven't been named yet, one of my perennial favorites is "A Jury of Her Peers" by Susan Glaspell. Also, "Miss Brill" by Katherine Mansfield.

One story that has stayed with me ever since I read it as a kid -- and I honestly don't know why -- is "All Summer in a Day" by Ray Bradbury.

Cynthia Ozick's "The Shawl" is truly harrowing. Surprisingly, much more so than a Stephen King story I can recommend: "Quitters, Inc."

Any and all Dorothy Parker stories are fun, bitter reads.

by Anonymousreply 6503/28/2019

The New Yorker magazine has a wonderful fiction podcast where authors choose and read a story that has previously appeared in the magazine, and then they discuss the story with the New Yorker fiction editor. Lots of famous names like Cheever, Nabokov, Lorrie Moore etc. This podcast turned me on to Frank O'Connor- on one episode Julian Barnes reads "The Man of the World" which is quite wonderful.

by Anonymousreply 6603/28/2019

“Demon Lover” (Elizabeth Bowen)

“The Potobello Road” (Muriel Spark)

pretty much anything by William Trevor

“Interpreter of Maladies” (Jhumpa Lahiri)

by Anonymousreply 6703/28/2019

R65 reminds me to mention my favorite Bradbury short story, The Veldt. Here's a great recorded version by Leonard Nimoy.

by Anonymousreply 6803/28/2019

R63 First definition is: "complimentary or flattering to an excessive degree." The second definition is the one you cite--doesn't mean you're wrong, I hasten to add, as meanings change. I did not know that the second definition was now considered acceptable, so I apologize....fulsomely.

by Anonymousreply 6903/28/2019

"WHY I LIVE AT THE P.O." by Eudora Welty, it's very funny, creepy, gay, and kind of insane.

by Anonymousreply 7003/28/2019

Imagine if you will that George Bernard Shaw wrote a Twilight Zone-style story about a bipolar Irishman investigating a mysterious moving cemetery.

by Anonymousreply 7103/28/2019

I used to love short stories more than anything as a brooding teen, now I’ve hardly read any fiction in years. Bummer! Thanks y’all I hope to read some of these.

Have to second (3d? 4th?) the point, since it can’t be made too many times, that The Lottery is the pinnacle of short-story writing. Another Shirley Jackson gem: “The Beautiful Stranger.”

Also yes! to Flannery O’Connor - check out “The Life You Save May Be Your Own.”

And no one’s mentioned it yet? Recent NYer viral sensation (you don’t hear that very often) “Cat Person.”

by Anonymousreply 7203/29/2019

Can’t find link to The Beautiful Stranger so I’ll just link to Jackson’s masterpiece The Lottery for anyone who hasn’t read it..../

by Anonymousreply 7303/29/2019

The Life You Save May Be Your Own by Flannery O’Connor

by Anonymousreply 7403/29/2019

50 Grand by Hemingway

by Anonymousreply 7503/29/2019

John Steinbeck's "The Chrysanthemums."

by Anonymousreply 7603/29/2019

"Flight" by Steinbeck.

by Anonymousreply 7703/29/2019

"Revelation" by Flannery O'Connor.

by Anonymousreply 7803/29/2019

"It had to be murder" (1942), by Cornell Woolrich. Darker than its film adaptation REAR WINDOW, and if memory serves the protagonist, before its transformation so as to fit the "James Stewart" type, was gay.

by Anonymousreply 7903/29/2019

Good one, r70! I thought of listing that one too, but figured I had already named enough stories.

Very funny, and with a decidedly DL sensibility.

by Anonymousreply 8003/29/2019

“Sexy” by Jhumpa Lahiri

“Rape Fantasies” by Margaret Atwood

“Pig Latin” by Clarice Lispector

All three should be available online!

by Anonymousreply 8103/29/2019

When I was a kid I used to love jacking off to Penthouse Forum. That and the monkey paw story.

by Anonymousreply 8203/29/2019

Miss Gentilbelle by Charles Beaumont.

by Anonymousreply 8304/02/2019

"Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams"

by Anonymousreply 8404/02/2019

Donald Barthelme, [italic] A City of Churches [/italic]

by Anonymousreply 8504/02/2019

Any others?

by Anonymousreply 8604/10/2019

I'll add one. Jack London -- To Build a Fire

by Anonymousreply 8704/10/2019

The Possibility of Evil. I love this short story. It makes me think of what I will probably be like when I get older.

by Anonymousreply 8804/10/2019

Lorrie Moore's volumes "Self-Help" and "Birds of America."

by Anonymousreply 8904/10/2019

Raymond Carver ~ What We Talk About When We Talk About Love

by Anonymousreply 9004/10/2019

Not to everyone's taste, but I love some of Isak Dinesen's stories (her fiction--not referring to Out of Africa, which is wonderful in its own way and so superior to the film).

by Anonymousreply 9104/11/2019

bump. My dad is dying in hospice, he got his phd in American Lit, my mom got hers in English Lit, she is reading him Austen but I am loving your choices, obviously I am starting with Twain and Capote and then going back to this list later. Thank you.

by Anonymousreply 9204/13/2019

For Sale. Baby shoes. Never used.

by Anonymousreply 9304/13/2019

Miriam- Truman- Capote; Pale Horse,Pail Rider-Katherine Ann Porter, Noon Wine- KAP, Spirit Seizures-I forget her name.

by Anonymousreply 9404/13/2019

Melissa Pritchard is her name. A terrific ghost story.

by Anonymousreply 9504/13/2019

The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

by Anonymousreply 9604/13/2019

Thank you, 78. Reading "Revelation" again made my day. What a story.

by Anonymousreply 9704/13/2019

If You Were Ever A Horse by Ghassan Kanafani.

by Anonymousreply 9804/13/2019

In Dreams Begin Responsibilities by Delmore Schwartz.

by Anonymousreply 9904/13/2019

Anything by Ann Beattie is good, butt The Cinderella Waltz is a modern masterpiece.

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by Anonymousreply 10104/15/2019

R98, good one!

by Anonymousreply 10205/02/2019

Since no one else has mentioned this one, I shall: "Where are you going, Where have you been?" by Joyce Carol Oates. I listened to it as a Selected Shorts audio offering, read by Christine Baranski.

by Anonymousreply 10305/02/2019

R103, I've always enjoyed that one.

by Anonymousreply 10405/02/2019

My favorite is "The Bottle Imp" by Robert Louis Stevenson.

by Anonymousreply 10505/02/2019

Love “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” Also love Deborah Eisenberg’s stories.

by Anonymousreply 10605/02/2019

Rafe’s Coat by Deborah Eisenberg. Funny, sad but you can give her new collection a pass.

by Anonymousreply 10705/03/2019

Has anyone here read anything by Oswell Blakeston (1907-1985) a film maker, film theorist, writer of both fiction and non-fiction and painter ? He wrote short stories in the horror genre. I consider myself knowledgeable in the area of early 20th century British gay culture but I hadn't heard of Blakeston.

by Anonymousreply 10805/03/2019

Can someone explain to me the story OP posted, Symbols and Signs? WTF it is about and who is the little girl calling.

by Anonymousreply 10905/03/2019

"The Bunner Sisters" by Edith Wharton.

by Anonymousreply 11005/04/2019

Shooting an Elephant ~George Orwell (1936)

by Anonymousreply 11105/18/2019

I read Capote's A Christmas Memory every Christmas.

by Anonymousreply 11205/18/2019

Oh, dear. R22, "Appointment in Samarra" is by John O'Hara, not Somerset Maugham. And it is a novel and not a short story. You are welcome.

by Anonymousreply 11305/20/2019
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