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Old 11-26-2012, 04:55 PM
 
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I love a good short story. What are some of your favorites? If you had to do your own personal short story anthology what would you include? Who do you think handles the format particularly well as an author?
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Old 11-26-2012, 05:10 PM
 
Location: The Pacific Northwest
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Favorite short story guys:

H.P. Lovecraft

Jim Butcher

Phillip K Dick

Elmore Leonard

Kurt Vonnegut
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Old 11-26-2012, 06:33 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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Well, I don't like short stories at all, really -- I don't find there's enough "meat" in them -- but there are two collections of short stories, both by Jhumpa Lahiri, that knocked my socks off. I *highly* recommend both of them:

Interpreter of Maladies
Unaccustomed Earth
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Old 11-26-2012, 07:20 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I like short stories by O'Henry and Saki.
I also like most of Stephen King's short stories.
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Old 11-26-2012, 08:00 PM
 
Location: Bellingham, WA
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John Steinbeck. I just finished The Long Valley, which is a collection of short stories, and I loved almost all of them.

I've also read quite a few by Tennessee Williams and mostly liked them.

I think F. Scott Fitzgerald's short stories are better than his novels.
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Old 11-26-2012, 09:48 PM
 
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I love short stories! My favorite authors are Alice Munro, Tobias Wolff and Raymond Carver. I have read one Stephen King short story, The Man in the Black Suit, and it was so spooky that it was hard to get out of my mind.

I think I got hooked on short stories as a kid from reading "The Lottery" and "The Most Dangerous Game". Remember those?
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Old 11-27-2012, 05:08 AM
 
Location: Oxford, England
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Guy De Maupassant ( seems able to write a life story in only a few pages) The Master of the Short Story IMO

Saki
Chekov
Prosper Merimee
Edgar Allan Poe
Ambrose Pierce
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Old 11-27-2012, 05:45 AM
 
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I've always liked "To Build a Fire" by Jack London. It's just one of those tales that you never forget - very vivid.

"The Lottery" and Poe's short stories also come to mind. King, too.
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Old 11-29-2012, 03:40 PM
 
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I love short stories. Stephen King, Edgar Allan Poe, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I love collections written by different authors.
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Old 12-03-2012, 01:02 AM
 
Location: Old Mother Idaho
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I loved all of Ray Bradbury's short stories.
Bradbury was really a short story writer. Some of his most famous works, The Illustrated Man and The Martian Chronicles were both compendiums of his earlier short stories that he later knitted together with a common theme, and some of his books, such as A Medicine For Melancholy, were simply collections of his short stories.

The October Country has the most chilling horror story I've ever read in it. I think the title of the story is The Bone Thief. It still creeps me out when I think of it, over 50 years after I last read it.
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