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."
has been serving up new science fiction and fantasy short fiction monthly free of charge since October of 2006. The current issue has a story by Robert Reed
. Among the authors who have been published in Clarkesworld Magazine are Mike Resnick
, Elizabeth Bear
, Jeff VanderMeer
and Sarah Monette
. Clarkesworld has a podcast of readings of selected stories from the magazine
. The magazine also publishes non-fiction, separated into two categories, commentary
. Among those interviewed are Gene Wolfe
, Kage Baker
and Steven Erikson
. There is also a covers gallery
and a discussion forum
The Princess of Nebraska
premiered on YouTube this weekend (unrated by MPAA, but 18A+ rating, but on YouTube, so maybe mild NSFW). Often focusing on Chinese
immigrants in America and culture gaps
(NPR interview; text and audio)
between both their new country and across generations, director Wayne Wang
has returned to
his roots after several more traditional Hollywood movies (Wayne Wang Is Missing
for "Chan Is Missing" and "The Joy Luck Club", he has made movies such as
"Maid in Manhattan" recently.) "Princess
" is intended as a
double feature with traditionally released "A Thousand Years of Good
," "Princess" might "be
the first feature feature film by a major director to premiere
on the internet. Both are based on short stories by Yiyun Li
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]
Here are the essays
and short stories
originally published in The New Yorker
that were later collected in Houghton Mifflin’s annual “Best American”
anthology series (1915-present). [more inside]
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.
7 short stories by Roberto Bolaño Gómez Palacio
, The Insufferable Gaucho
, Álvaro Rousselot’s Journey
, Phone Calls
, Dance Card
. From Nazi Literature in the Americas
: Edelmira Thompson de Mendiluce, Luz Mendiluce Thompson & Ernesto Pérez Masón
and The Fabulous Schiaffino Boys
. If you know the fiction of Roberto Bolaño you know what you're in for. If you don't, any of these stories is a good place to start, though the first three are perhaps the most natural starting points. [more inside]
Would you like to read
classic science fiction short story A Pail of Air
? Or would you prefer to listen
? [more inside]
(yt) discusses A&P
201 Stories by Anton Chekhov
translated by Constance Garnett
presented in order of Russian publication.
"The Great God Pan,"
by Arthur Machen. "The Beckoning Fair One,"
by Oliver Onions. "Green Tea,"
by J. Sheridan LeFanu.
"The Boarded Window,"
by Ambrose Bierce. "The Horla,"
by Guy de Maupassant.
"“If the book were to be published as it is in its present edited form, I may never write another story, that’s how closely, God Forbid, some of those stories are to my sense of regaining my health and mental well-being.”
The New York Times reported today
that Raymond Carver's widow, Tess Gallagher, is pushing to republish the stories in Carver's acclaimed 1981 breakout collection, "What We Talk About When We Talk About Love," in their original, unedited form. [more inside]
Here are four classic short stories by John Collier
in four different forms: the original text of his famous "Thus I Refute Beelzy"
; a 1947 radio script for "Evening Primrose"
; a radio version of "Back for Christmas"
, starring Peter Lorre; and Patton Oswalt's interpretation of "The Chaser."
You should read these three stories
by Amy Hempel
. (Oh, and maybe listen to her read, here
.) While you're at it, read some of these idiosyncratic but beautifully-written stories
by grammarian Gary Lutz
Classic Short Stories
— "Fewer and fewer people these days read short stories. This is unfortunate—so few will ever experience the joy that reading such fine work can give. The goal of this site is to give a nice cross section of short stories in the hope that these short stories will excite these people into rediscovering this excellent source of entertainment." Authors represented include Saki, Edith Wharton, O. Henry, Guy de Maupassant, Mark Twain, Virginia Woolf, Gabriel García Marquez, H. G. Wells, Roald Dahl, Anton Chekhov, Charles Dickens, William Carlos Williams and Katherine Mansfield.
Weekly, serialized short fiction edited by David Daley, the man behind McSweeney's 20-Minute Stories Contest
. Some contributors so far
: Vendela Vida, Arthur Phillips, Sam Lipsyte, Anthony Swofford, Jess Walter, Stewart O'Nan.
SF writers only use six words.
A collection of six word epics from the cream of contemporary SF writers. Can Mefi do better? I reckon!
"Excuse me," Schwartzman said to the Home Depot man, "can you tell me where to find tar?" "Tar?" asked the Home Depot man. "What're you using tar for?" "I'm building an ark," said Schwartzman. If there was anything that two years of completing God's preposterous homework assignments had taught Schwartzman it was that there was absolutely nothing you could tell Home Depot Man you were building that would surprise him, that would get any reaction from him at all, for that matter, aside from the usual skepticism about your choice of building materials.Shalom Auslander
recasts Jewish history in short story form. Start with the aforementioned "Prophet's Dilemma
," and work your way backwards to "Plagued
." [more inside]
Submit, link and vote for short stories. A lot of it may be a bit sub-McSweeney's
at the moment, but with a bit of luck, The Lit List
might scratch a readerly itch or two.
2 4 8 16 32 64
, an ordered archive of nanofiction. It's been done before, by syllables (17
), by the masters (Classic Short Stories)
, and by comedians (Book-a-Minute
). But in a dense natural language, with a high meaning-per-word, perhaps bytes would value infodensity more objectively: 256b
. But then again, isn't a spec
as much of a cop out as a rigged dictionary? Perhaps the highest infodensities are achieved by works which will have no human readers.
a short story by David Langford.
(long out of print in English) of Frigyes Karinthy. Short, funny, and occasionally bittersweet; favorites include The Good Student
and The Bad Student Tested
, and Hanging From the Apparatus
is a site which publishes short stories (under 1000 words). While the format (3 columns, not evenly filled) is a little annoying, the concept is interesting. My favorite story so far is 'A leaf falls', in the first column scroll halfway down the page. The site is maintained by a writer/ artist/musician, whose eventual aim is to print the stories on coffee mugs. Morning reading anyone?
Everyone is talking
about Clint Eastwood's new movie, Million Dollar Baby
). What you may not know however is that the movie was based on a short story in a book by the name of Rope Burns: Stories From The Corner
by the late F.X. Toole (aka Jerry Boyd). The book by the way was called, "...the best boxing short fiction ever written," by James Ellroy
of L.A. Confidential fame. Back in 2000 Toole gave an amazing interview
on Fresh Air about spending the last 20 years of his life as a cut man and the last 40 years of writing while trying to overcome his fear of rejection before getting his first book published at age 70.
Stories by Joe R. Lansdale
If you're a fan of Joe Lansdale (or wonder who came up with the idea for Bubba Ho-Tep
), this site's for you. A different short story is posted every Thursday. Most of the stories are from his early years.
the life and work of
Ungeheuer wrote short stories. Very short stories. Some are no more than a couple of sentences. The longest of them barely fills a half dozen pages. Ungeheuer explained his penchant for short short fiction in an interview with Jared Green in 1970:
"There's something enigmatic about the economy of these short pieces. Something about the lack of context that forces the reader to fill in the larger picture. I don't care about plotting a story, characterization or setting. I'm looking for a feeling, an instant in time. An uncomfortable floating instant, with no sense of anything that may have come to pass before it."
The September issue of Harper's
features (alas, subway portable version
only) some of the "Spare and haunting, whimsical and contemplative snapshot-stories" of Oz Shelach
, Israeli journalist and author of the book "Picnic Grounds: A Novel in Fragments
," published by San Francisco's City Lights
. [more inside]
It was winter -- that is, about the second week in November --and great gusts were rattling at the windows...
So begins Sheridan LeFanu's Uncle Silas
, one of the good, meaty reads proposed by your friendly Litrix editor. Ah books... [More inside
Online SF Short Fiction.
It's good and it's free. Sci-Fiction
is the biggest name in the online field, publishing many big name authors
(This week's story is by Octavia E. Butler
for instance) and winning several awards
. (Also check out Swanwick's Periodic Table of Science Fiction
while you're there). But there are more sources for good online SF: The Infinite Matrix
, Strange Horizons
and Infinity Plus
(reprints) for instance. And let's not forget that all the print magazines have put their Nebula nominees online
(though Analog's stories are coming up as 404s). Let the reading commence!
Professor Barnhardts Journal
could become one of my favorite ezines. This week they have a short story from MST3000's Mike Nelson, and last week they had essays from Roger Ebert and T. Coraghasen Boyle. Bored with McSweeneys? Still bummed that Feed is gone? This zine looks like fun.
may be one of the best novelists working today, yet not that many folks know his name. His books
and short stories
portray prosaic suburbia accurately and without condescension, and he has uncanny insight into the mind of the terminally adolescent. Not to mention an uproarious sense of humor. If the films of Kevin Smith and Richard Linklater, the music of Weezer, or Pete Bagge's
comics resonate with you, you may want to check out their literary equivalent. As an added treat, here's an audio
link of Perrota reading his work. For my money, this guy is one of our best American writers right now, although you wouldn't know it.
George Saunders imagines the future of advertising:
"But Teddy of course did not see Gene Kelly, Gene Kelly not being one of his Preferences, but instead saw his hero Babar, swinging a small monkey on his trunk while saying that his data indicated that Teddy did not yet own a Nintendo." Hilarious Vonnegut-like short fiction.
The Works of Howard Phillips Lovecraft
Unabridged texts of most of his short stories, poems, and essays, as well as biographies, photos, and even wallpaper. Cthulhu fhtagn, dude.
third times a charm.
after three different deadlines, two different formats, and a partidge in a pear tree, i'm still not sure if my entry got through. it's true, writers get no respect