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Old 02-18-09, 07:41 PM
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Please recommend a short story to me

hey every one what are the best short stories out there. That you could recommend me. it doesnt matter if its horror, suspense, science fiction, drama anything. thank you

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i read benjamin button i really enjoyed it. Im going to have to check out the mist. thanks take care
Old 02-18-09, 09:29 PM
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I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream
"Repent, Harlequin!" Said the Ticktockman
A Boy and His Dog
An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge
Catskin
The Albertine Notes
Minority Report
Sales Pitch
Roadside Picnic
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The Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Short Fiction (1st and 2nd edition have a little crossover but not much; they're both great) is $20 and had fifty great stories, including:
- "We Didn't" by Stuart Dybek
- "The Ceiling" by Kevin Brockmeier
- "Sarah Cole: A Type of Love Story" by Russell Banks
- "Caviar" by T.C. Boyle
- "Boys" by Rick Moody
- "The Way We Live Now" by Susan Sontag
- "Girl" by Jamaica Kincaid
- "Two Kinds" by Amy Tan
- "Car Crash While Hitchhiking" by Denis Johnson
- "Brownies" by ZZ Packer
- "Xmas Jamaica Plain" by Melanie Rae Thon
- "The Things They Carried" by Tim O'Brien

...and a lot more.
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Get Raymond Carver's Where I'm Calling From collection.
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The Long Walk To Forever - Kurt Vonnegut (from Welcome to the Monkey House)
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The Lottery - Shirley Jackson
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Three of my favorites are:

"Ligeia" by Edgar Allan Poe
"Bartleby, the Scrivener" by Herman Melville
"Benito Cereno" by Herman Melville

The Melville shorts are often published together, and should be easy to find. Also, they are in the public domain so you should also be able to find them in their entirety online. Check the Gutenberg Project. I have also become a fan of P.G. Wodehouse's "Jeeves" stories. They've been published in book form, but only a few of the books are actual full-length stories. The bulk of them are collections of "Jeeves" short stories.
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Stories I've recently read that I enjoyed:

Poor Old Bill - Lord Dunsany http://www.horrormasters.com/Text/a3072.pdf
The Hoard of the Gibbelins - Lord Dunsany http://www.sff.net/people/doylemacdonald/d_hoard.htm
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The Lottery - Shirley Jackson
Old 02-21-09, 11:24 AM
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I recommend Fredrick Brown's "Knock". It's very short:

The last man on Earth sat alone in a room. There was a knock on the door.

The End
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"We Can Get Them For You Wholesale" by Neil Gaiman (actually, I really enjoy almost all of his short stories).
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http://www.cca.org/cm/picnic.pdf

Fantastic short story.
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The Hellbound Train by Sum Dum Phuc.
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Originally Posted by Dr Mabuse View Post
http://www.cca.org/cm/picnic.pdf

Fantastic short story.
That was hard to read. It must be the translation that makes it so flat. Stanislaw Lem praised the story.
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"Beverly Home" by Denis Johnson
"Good Country People" by Flannery O'Connor
"Greasy Lake" by T.C. Boyle
"Bullet in the Brain" by Tobias Wolff
"Minority Report" by Philip K. Dick
"Green is the Color" by John M. Ford
"Bloodchild" by Octavia Butler
"The Dance of the Changer and the Three" by Terry Carr
"Flowers for Algernon" by Daniel Keyes
"Evening Primrose" by John Collier
"The Autopsy" by Micheal Shea
"Sticks" by Karl Edward Wagner

Okay, this list is getting long, but off the top of my head, those are some I remember liking a lot.
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Here's something I prepared earlier....

I'm keeping my carbon footprint down by recycling some old posts
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.... I think it is difficult to make recommendations without knowing a little more background....

.... if I was embarking on a short story adventure, I'd probably first check the library and try a few mixed "Best of Year" type anthologies and perhaps also seek out collections from any recent prizewinning writers. There are also magzines. In the science-fiction field, for example, you could try "ASIMOVs SF" or the UK publication "INTERZONE".

Most likely, there is an abundance of short fiction on the web.

Here is a genre site with a few tiny tales: http://www.crimelibrary.com/fiction/

And here is another that gives details of what stories individual SF authors have online at any time (and more): http://www.freesfonline.de/Authors.html

Aside from Interzone, I hardly read short fiction these day. If presssed for recommendations I'd probably say Ray Bradbury, Theodore Sturgeon and Cordwainer Smith but these stem from memories of quite some time ago. (If his full-length works are anything to go by, Gene Wolfe would also be in my list of recommendations).
And moving from the concept of recommendations to sources....
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Too busy to come up with any original suggestions at the moment but you might like to try here for science fiction, general, mystery, fantasy, online and contemporary short stories.
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Benedict has a good point. In terms of anthologies, I'm a fan of "Best American Short Stories" yearly volumes, as well as the "O. Henry Award Winners," "Scribner Anthologies of Contemporary Short Fiction," and literary magazines like Tin House, Barrelhouse, and Glimmer Train.
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- "The Things They Carried" by Tim O'Brien
I very highly recommend O'Brien's collection short stories The Things They Carried. The short story dogmatica mentions from this anthology is the title story, but every story in the collection is outstanding.
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That was hard to read. It must be the translation that makes it so flat. Stanislaw Lem praised the story.
Hmmm.

I loved it Nick.

Different strokes I guess.
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My two faves from King are the Mist and Cain Rose Up. Of course, CRU has a totally different tone in light of the last decade of current events.
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After 20 Years by O Henry - my very favorite by this author.
You can read it here: ----------------------> http://www.literaturecollection.com/a/o_henry/44/

Enjoy!
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"The Last Question" by Isaac Asimov
"The Nine Billion Names of God" by Arther C. Clarke
"-All You Zombies" by Robert H. Heinlein
"The Call of Cthulhu" by H.P. Lovecraft
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Originally Posted by Dr. Mantle View Post
"The Last Question" by Isaac Asimov
"The Nine Billion Names of God" by Arther C. Clarke
"-All You Zombies" by Robert H. Heinlein
"The Call of Cthulhu" by H.P. Lovecraft
One of those stories is not like the others.

Spoiler:
From memory:

"And there was light."
"Slowly, and without any fuss, the stars overhead were going out."
"I know where I came from, but I don't understand where all you zombies come from."
But I don't think The Call of Cthulhu had a kicker at the end.

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