Listing Category: Recommended Stories

Orange by Neil Gaiman

When was the last time you read a story written in form of answers to a police interrogation? This story by Neil Gaiman unfolds gradually from the shallow answers given by a teenaged girl about her less-than-perfect homelife, to something much more complex and true. And funny and touching and hopeful and sad. Find it More Info »

Zombie Psychology by Sarina Dorie

Fun, entertaining entry in the burgeoning ‘zombie’ sub-genre. Read it at Untied Shoelaces Of The Mind.

Durak by Anatoly Belilovsky

Who says speculative fiction can’t be literary? OK, well, nobody does anymore, and this story just goes to show it. The story takes places entirely around a card table on a luxury liner that you’ll come to recognize. But it doesn’t go where you think it’s going to! Read it at Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine.

After The Reign of Jimmy Carter by James Thrasher

A short story in six sentences. An example of how restrictions and limits can push a writer to reach for the unexpected. Find it at Six Sentences.

Heart Of A Champion by T.C. Boyle

Funny, nostalgic, literary…”Heart of a Champion” takes the reader from the opening credits of a Lassie-like serial all the way to the end of the story. Satirical, thought-provoking, fun and beautifully written. Find it in “Stories” by T. C. Boyle, (Penguin Books, 1999, ISBN-10: 014028091X ISBN-13: 978-0140280913)

Vanilla Bright Like Eminem by Michel Faber

An American father experiences a moment of clarity w hill sitting with his family on a train, traveling through Scotland. Listen at Selected Shorts

A Priest In The Family by Colm Tóibín

Set in Ireland in the midst of the abuse scandals in the Catholic church, this is an excellent example of a quiet, literary story, that won’t lose readers who love a great character and a good ending.

Laws Concerning Food and Drink; Household Principles; Lamentations of the Father by Ian Frazier

This is a wonderful, funny piece, written in high biblical style, but in fact spoken by a modern, harried father.   Available on the Selected Shorts Podcast and in The Atlantic’s archive