Listing Category: Recommended Stories

The Sun, The Moon, The Stars by Junot Diaz

The story takes us inside the head of a young Dominican guy with girl problems. The whole story is a subtle reflection on the difficulty of growing up, fitting in, finding your way, with one foot in two different communities, and in many cultures. But it’s all done with a light hand and extraordinary eloquence. More Info »

Complete Stories And Poems by Edgar Allen Poe

The title says it all: all Poe’s tales and poems in one place. Doubleday & Company, Inc. (1984) ISBN 0385074077 (ISBN13: 9780385074070)

Goodbye And Good Luck by Grace Paley

Not only does the story have a beginning, a middle and a satisfying end, it has a real character as its protagonist — and I say that not in the literary sense, but in the way your grandmother would have said it: “Oh yeah, that Rosie. She’s a real character!”

The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde

A children’s story written by Oscar Wilde. Read it at East Of The Web.

Great English Short Stories, Christopher Isherwood (ed.)

from the introduction: There are plenty of excellent stories which are just stories; they express nothing beyond themselves. When they have been told to you, you say “that was exciting” or “that was funny” or “I certainly never expected that ending!” You can retell such a story in your own words to your friends and More Info »

50 Great Short Stories, Milton Crane (ed.)

A fine survey of some of the great short stories written between 1872 and 1947. Includes stories by Katherine Masnfield, Ernest Hemingway, Dorothy Parker, V. S. Pritchett, E. M. Forster, Henry James, Carson McCullers, Rudyard Kipling, Alexander Poushkin, John O’Hara, Anatole France, Thomas Wolfe, Max Beerbohm, Shirley Jackson, Edgar Allan Poe, Guy de Maupassant, O. More Info »

The Stories of Ray Bradbury

A true grandmaster of the short story form. You have to read a few stories by Bradbury and this has a whopping 1112 pages of them: a hundred of his best stories selected by the author himself. Read it in The Stories of Ray Bradbury (Everyman’s Library, 2010, ISBN-10: 0307269051, ISBN-13: 978-0307269058)

The Fog Horn by Ray Bradbury

The ideas in Bradbury’s stories are wonderful and the worlds are fantastic or sometimes mundane and all of the experiences are deep and human, and the language..ah the language. This story is one of the more ‘mundane’, set on earth, in a lighthouse. Of course, it is much more fantastic than that… Bradbury is often More Info »

Ziggurat by Stephen O’Connor

The story of what happens when the Minotaur encounters a new arrival in his Labyrinth, a computer-savvy girl who affects him an an entirely unexpected way. Read it at NewYorker.com .

The Women by Tom Barbash

The story of a young man left doubly orphaned by his mother’s death and his father’s actions after it. The story moves on through the first year of his grieving, of his new life. By the following winter, things have started to change for Andrew. This is a skillfully told story peopled by some engaging More Info »