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Nyarlathotep
03-30-2012, 01:26 PM
I love short stories, and would like to talk about and share them with some people here.

Some of my favorites:
Revelation (http://unfoldingflanneryoconnor.blogspot.com/2011/05/full-text-revelation-by-flannery.html)
The Call of Cthulhu (http://www.dagonbytes.com/thelibrary/lovecraft/thecallofcthulhu.htm)
A Perfect Day for Bananafish (http://www.dibache.com/text.asp?cat=51&id=184)
"Repent, Harlequin!" Said the Ticktockman (http://compositionawebb.pbworks.com/f/%255C'Repent,%2BHarlequin!%255C'%2BSaid%2Bthe%2BTi cktockman%2Bby%2BHarlan%2BEllison.pdf)
Suicide as a Sort of Present (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4UQDKEHSeWQ)
Signs and Symbols (http://www.newyorker.com/online/2008/06/09/080609on_audio_gaitskill)

I guess most of these are a bit on the dark side, but they all have a heavy punch. "Revelation" might be my favorite of the lot.

Karzac
03-30-2012, 02:01 PM
I wouldn't pick Bananafish as my favourite Salinger story. I'd probably go with "For Esme, with Love and Squalor."

How about some Hemingway? "The Short, Happy Life of Francis Macomber," "The Capitol of the World," and "Hills Like White Elephants" are probably my favourites.

pence
03-30-2012, 02:14 PM
Bookmarked for further reading!

Let's see... what's online?

Ill Met in Lankhmar (http://www.arthursbookshelf.com/sci-fi/leiber/Ill%20Met%20In%20Lankhmar%20-%20Fritz%20Leiber.pdf)
The Tower of the Elephant (http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks06/0600831h.html)
I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream (http://styrofoam.voidaudio.net/ihavenomouthandimustscream.pdf)

Ah, but the horrible quote from AM isn't in the story! It would look something like this: http://28.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lld4d5UDu81qf9m55o1_500.gif

Evil Dead Junkie
03-30-2012, 03:29 PM
I love short stories, and would like to talk about and share them with some people here.

Some of my favorites:
Revelation (http://unfoldingflanneryoconnor.blogspot.com/2011/05/full-text-revelation-by-flannery.html)

I guess most of these are a bit on the dark side, but they all have a heavy punch. "Revelation" might be my favorite of the lot.

http://i658.photobucket.com/albums/uu307/SharpArcher01/brograbs.jpg

Dubin
03-30-2012, 07:43 PM
Ah, but the horrible quote from AM isn't in the story! It would look something like this: http://28.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lld4d5UDu81qf9m55o1_500.gif
I read an online version that does have that quote and many other bits of AM sprinkled through as "illustrations", but I can't quite seem to find it. :confused:

Anyway, Dunsany is amazing and deserves more popularity than he gets. I grabbed A Dreamer's Tales (http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/8129) + The Sword of Welleran (http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/10806) a while ago from a random used bookstore, and just about every story had at least one haunting moment or image that stuck with me. I think my favorites were Carcassone (http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/8129) and The Highwaymen. (http://www.gutenberg.org/cache/epub/10806/pg10806.html)

BŁge
03-30-2012, 10:05 PM
Death and What Comes Next (http://www.lspace.org/books/dawcn/dawcn-english.html)

Issun
03-30-2012, 10:24 PM
I guess most of these are a bit on the dark side, but they all have a heavy punch. "Revelation" might be my favorite of the lot.

Any Flannery O'Connor, really.

I can't let this thread go by, though, without posting On Seeing the 100% Perfect Girl One Beautiful April Morning (http://www.mat.upm.es/~jcm/murakami-perfect.html).

Dubin
03-31-2012, 09:20 PM
On Seeing the 100% Perfect Girl One Beautiful April Morning (http://www.mat.upm.es/~jcm/murakami-perfect.html).
YES
I saw a Hong Kong action movie once where this very theme was the premise of the romantic sub-plot. It's amazing to come upon it once again at the hands of a book writer.

Pombar
03-31-2012, 09:36 PM
Who Goes There? (http://www.outpost31.com/books/who.txt) is almost too obvious, but it's atmospheric and excellently paced, and doesn't suffer all that much for having that well-known film adapt it so well.

Nyarlathotep
03-31-2012, 10:21 PM
I'm reading some of these now. For "On Seeing the 100% Perfect Girl One Beautiful April Morning," I kind of like the weird formatting in this version (http://www.dibache.com/Stories/Haruki%20Murikami.pdf).

Also, I forgot Amy Hempel. The Harvest (http://www.pifmagazine.com/1998/09/the-harvest/) is a really good story.

ravinoff
04-01-2012, 03:15 AM
Previous short story thread. (http://www.gamespite.net/talkingtime/showthread.php?t=5374)

Dizzy
04-01-2012, 06:57 AM
Borges is basically the king of the short story.

Nyarlathotep
04-01-2012, 09:26 AM
I really liked The Circular Ruins (http://www.acsu.buffalo.edu/~jatill/175/CircularRuins.htm) when I read through Labyrinths, and The Gospel according to Mark (http://anagrammatically.com/2008/03/09/borges-gospel-according-to-mark/) is absolutely brilliant

Ethan
06-26-2012, 10:49 PM
I just finished George Saunders' short story anthology CivilWarLand In Bad Decline. The last story, "Bounty", is my favorite thing I've ever read.

Pheeel
06-28-2012, 07:38 AM
Pearls Are A Nuisance (http://ae-lib.org.ua/texts-c/chandler__pearls_are_a_nuisance__en.htm)
We Ain't Got No Money, Honey, But We Got Rain (http://seemasapra.wordpress.com/2009/11/14/we-aint-got-no-money-honey-but-we-got-rain-by-charles-bukowski/)
The Man With The Beautiful Eyes (http://wheelofdharma.tripod.com/poets/id4.html)
The Monkey's Paw (http://gaslight.mtroyal.ca/mnkyspaw.htm)

ghosttaster
06-29-2012, 07:06 PM
Chekhov is basically the king of the short story.

Fixed that for ya.

gahitsu
07-01-2012, 09:25 AM
Hey there's some good ones here! Let me think of a few:

The Cold Equations (http://baencd.thefifthimperium.com/13-TheBestofJimBaensUniverseCD/TheBestofJimBaensUniverseCD/The%20World%20Turned%20Upside%20Down/0743498747__19.htm) - Tom Godwin
The Homecoming (http://www.scaryforkids.com/the-homecoming-by-ray-bradbury/) - Ray Bradbury

There's a couple I can think of that I can't find a (legal @.@) online copy of. "White Chapel" by Douglas Clegg, "It Only Comes Out at Night" by Dennis Etchison, and "Meathouse Man" by George R. R. Martin are all fantastic horror stories, and mean quite a deal to me.

I am trying to think of less genre shorts, but it's early and they're just not coming to mind. Pfft! And I had actually meant to come in and make a thread about flash fiction ("for sale, baby shoes, never worn" - still a good story even if it's just folklore).

Evil Dead Junkie
07-01-2012, 09:33 AM
If anyone is looking to get a better handle on Horror Short Stories or horror in general I highly recommend reading The Kind Of Face You Hate's, "The Kind Of Face You Slash."
(http://wwwbillblog.blogspot.com/2008/10/kind-of-face-you-slash-day-1-distorted.html)
He's done the series four time's now and if you read all four you're pretty much good to go.