Alice Munro has won the Nobel Prize
in Literature. Munro is praised by the Swedish Academy as a "master of the contemporary short story." You can read a long interview with her at the Paris Review website
and read some of her short fiction at The New Yorker's website: Amundsen
, Free Radicals
, Wenlock Edge
, The View from Castle Rock
and The Bear Came Over the Mountain
posted by Kattullus
on Oct 10, 2013 -
The 2013 Man Booker International Prize
went to Lydia Davis, best known as a short story writer—some just a single sentence long—but also a novelist and translator. There is a wealth of material by and about her online, and here are few favorites: Video of Davis reading some very short stories
, PennSound MP3 collection of readings, talks and interviews
, writer James Salter reads and discusses Davis' story Break It Down
, interview by Francine Prose
, Frieze Talks reading and interview
, video of reading followed by Q&A
, "A Position at the University
" and a a discussion about the story
, and finally, a number of links to her short stories: 1
. [Lydia Davis previously on MeFi]
posted by Kattullus
on May 29, 2013 -
Next to a beautiful, elegant woman, between the silky spirals of her train, on the back of a chair, in a dark angle in the background, he accurately painted, although almost invisible, the animal that recalled the face of the protagonist. He thus had a series of ladies and gentlemen from the squirrel, from the lizard, from the sea horse, etc.
From "The Real Face,"
by Guido Gozzano
, "first and finest representative of the Crepuscolari
, the poets of the Twilight." [more inside]
posted by Iridic
on May 23, 2013 -
Sometimes you might find yourself sitting at a computer, wanting to read something. But you don't want something long. You're thinking, what about a short story, and possibly something in the fantasy or sci-fi realms? You're in luck! Here are four collections, for your reading pleasure: Apex Magazine short fiction
| Baen Ebooks Free Library
, which includes some short story collections | Eclipse Online
, from Nightshade Books | Strange Horizons fiction archive
, including podcasts of many stories. If this is overwhelming, io9 has a pick of 5 short stories from January
, with synopses. [Previously: Plane of the Ecliptic
, on the Eclipse series | This isn't your grandfather's science fiction
, where "Exhalation" is from the Eclipse series]
posted by filthy light thief
on Feb 5, 2013 -
Tove Jansson's short stories about artistic creation are often chillingly cold. The artists she portrays have become lost in their isolated solitude, their creativity, which shuts other people out. Portraits of such loneliness are drawn in three short stories in the collection Lyssnerskan ('The listener', 1971), 'Ekorren' ('The squirrel'), 'Svart & vitt' ('Black & white') and 'Vargen' ('The wolf’), which probably frightened many readers - particularly those who knew and loved her Moomin books - away from Jansson's work. In their cosmos, warmth is unknown; their landscapes are frozen, just like the people who seek expression for their artistic dreams. [more inside]
posted by smcg
on May 31, 2012 -
"It's a Good Life"
is a 1953 story by Jerome Bixby, who also wrote It! The Terror From Beyond Space
, said to be the inspiration for Alien
, and the Star Trek episode "Mirror, Mirror" (the one with evil bearded Spock.) It was made into a famous Twilight Zone episode, and is generally considered among the greatest SF stories ever written. Is "It's a Good Life" about God? Communism? 1950s suburban conformity? Or just about the horror of the self-contained world it creates in its few pages and the terrible realization that it would be possible to survive inside it, for a while?
posted by escabeche
on May 1, 2012 -
Lily, the caretaker's daughter, was literally run off her feet...
Today is the feast of Epiphany, the last day of the traditional Christmas season; the day also when the Misses Morkan held that grand affair, their annual dance, in James Joyce's "The Dead." [more inside]
posted by Iridic
on Jan 6, 2012 -
What with Borders
going belly-up and no new books being written ever
, avid readers fear that their chief means of edification and entertainment may no longer be viable. Fear not, and look backwards. Over at The Guardian
, Chris Power
has spent the last few years telling giving us A Brief Survey Of The Short Story.
A lot of my favourites are
there, and I am discovering others I am keen to try. What about you?
posted by tumid dahlia
on Jul 18, 2011 -
Though Roald Dahl is better known in this day as the author of stories for children, he had a parallel career as the author of short stories with more adult, macabre sensibilities
. Some of those stories became part of a short-run series to fill the slot of to not one
but two ill-fated Jackie Gleason shows
. But instead of another game show or talk show, CBS wanted something to pair with the Twilight Zone. That show was Way Out
, though it didn't rate well and only ran for 14 episodes
(and 5 episodes are on Archive.org
). 18 years later, Dahl returned to TV with his sinister stories, but this time it was in the UK, where Tales of the Unexpected
lasted 9 seasons, 112 episodes in total
. You can view 23 or so episodes online, split into parts
(YT Playlist). [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Mar 22, 2011 -
is perhaps the finest author in contemporary science fiction -- and the most rarefied.
A technical writer by trade and a graduate of the distinguished Clarion Writers Workshop
, Chiang has published only twelve short stories in the last twenty years, one dozen masterpieces of the genre whose insightful, precise, often poetic language confronts fundamental ideas -- intelligence, consciousness, the nature of God -- and thrusts them into a dazzling new light.
Click inside for a complete listing of Chiang's work, with links to online reprints or audio recordings where available, as well as a collection of one-on-one interviews, links to his nonfiction essays, and a few other related sites and articles. [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi
on Dec 27, 2010 -
‘We feel that the stories in this book are such that if your nerves are not of the strongest, then it is wise to read them in daylight.'
For a certain time, in every second-hand bookshop in the UK you would always be able to find a musty and dog-eared copy of one or more of the Pan Books Of Horror Stories
edited by the splendidly named Herbert Van Thal. Now the first is being re-printed
. [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry
on Sep 8, 2010 -
Part short story forum, part attempt to reach out to isolated teens struggling with their sexuality. I'm from Driftwood
; true stories by gay people all over.
posted by piratebowling
on Apr 1, 2009 -
A guide to Storyreading.
"For over ten years now, various friends and I have been getting together on occasion to read stories aloud to each other. This activity—graced with the unlovely but utilitarian name "story reading"—can be a great deal of fun, but can also be rife with pitfalls of various sorts. This guide is an attempt to help others to run story readings. Note that reading stories is different from—and, generally, much easier than—telling stories
; while people do occasionally tell stories at these gatherings (and it usually goes over well), that's not the primary emphasis...The origins of our approach to story readings are lost in the mists of antiquity. The idea may have sprung fully-fledged from a conversation I had with DH about a Delany essay called "On Pure Storytelling"
; or it may've been derived from MK's reading The Princess Bride
aloud, which in turn may've been inspired by folks at Yale who were doing much the same thing
. Whatever the history, it's clear that other groups—notably one in Boston—have been having similar sorts of readings for at least as long as we have." [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco
on Mar 13, 2009 -
The Dollar Dreadful Family Library
offers gripping tales of scientific adventures in matrimony, mysterious Appalachian woodsmen, macabre travels in the ether, exotic travels in distant lands, itinerant prospectors, and cunning detectives who pose as genteel dressmakers. Assorted amusements are offered in the form of downloadable PDF booklets, perfect leisure literature for "the distinguished reader or the particularly wealthy dunder-head".
posted by sarabeth
on Jan 23, 2009 -
New Yorker fiction 2008
. Annotated list of short fiction from the past year. "As perhaps the most high-profile venue for short fiction in the world, taking stock of the New Yorker's
year in fiction is a worthwhile exercise for writers and readers alike."
posted by stbalbach
on Jan 5, 2009 -
before him Benjamin Rosenbaum
is making his debut short story collection, The Ant King And Other Stories
, available from his publishers, Small Beer
, as a free download
. More than this though, he is holding a competition
to find the best derivative work inspired by it. These include "translations, plays, movies, radio plays, audiobooks, flashmob happenings, horticultural installations, visual artworks, slash fanfic epics, robot operas, sequels, webcomics, ASCII art, text adventure games, roleplaying campaigns, knitting projects, handmade shoes, or anything else you feel like." [more inside]
posted by ninebelow
on Sep 19, 2008 -
Over 2000 classic short stories
from American Literature
as well as an option to sign up for a short story of the day
rss feed. Among the authors on offer are Kate Chopin, Saki, O. Henry, Louisa May Alcott, Ambrose Bierce, H. P. Lovecraft, Jack London, James Joyce, Willa Cather, Guy de Maupassant, Charles Dickens, Herman Hesse, Mark Twain, Oscar Wilde, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Franz Kafka, Honoré de Balzac, Edith Warton, P. G. Wodehouse, Virginia Woolf, Langston Hughes, Leo Tolstoy, Aldous Huxley, Roald Dahl, Henry James, Katherine Mansfield and I could keep going for a while. The point is, there's over 2000 short stories in there.
posted by Kattullus
on Feb 17, 2008 -