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Post by Shiney on Mon Oct 13, 2008 3:17 pm

Yep...a place just to discuss these things...

your faves...ones you can't stand that everyone loves...what ever...

I shall start by listing a few short stories that rock my socks:

"The Sea Was Wet As Wet Can Be" by GAHAN WILSON

"The Small Assassin" by RAY BRADBURY

"Down By The Sea Near The Great Big Rock" by JOE R. LANSDALE

"Popsy" by STEPHEN KING

"The Box" by JACK KETCHUM

"The Laurel And Hardy Love Affair" by RAY BRADBURY

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Post by Bizzy on Mon Oct 13, 2008 5:29 pm

I'll add a couple to that list of MUST reads.

The first time I read it was in an anthology. I seem to remember Bradbury and Aasimov were in the same anthology, but everybody did anthologies back then...


It's a Good Life by Jerome Bixby is online at
http://nickelkid.net/docs/greats/its_a_good_life.html

And you'll find Shirley (The Haunting of Hill House) Jackson's The Lottery here: http://www.americanliterature.com/Jackson/SS/TheLottery.html

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Post by Kenwood on Mon Oct 13, 2008 6:23 pm

Hmmm...I hate trying to remember things like this. Haha. Here's a few I've recent reads that I've really enjoyed:

Grassland, by Michael Laimo *
The Last Stand of the Elephant Man, by Jennifer Pelland **
Brushstrokes, by Jennifer Pelland **
Pop Art, by Joe Hill

* This one irked me at first because it reminded me so much of King's "Beachworld." I mean, it's nearly identical in everything but location and the ending (and even that is similar), but it still creeps up me now and then. It's a really good story, and the ending is better than the one in "Beachworld." I view it as a tribute, though it is possible Laimo has never read "Beachworld." I just read the story this year, a few months before I'd read "Grassland."

** I highly recommed her Unwelcome Bodies collection. It's one of the best collections from a new author that I've ever read. Some brilliant stuff in it, especially "Last Stand of the Elephant Man" (<-- Click!).

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Re: Short Stories

Post by DgB on Mon Feb 09, 2009 5:45 pm

I am surprised no one has mentioned, Porno in August. Shocked

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Post by DgB on Mon Feb 09, 2009 6:41 pm

Okay ... What about, Meathouse Man by George R.R. Martin? That was really cool. Sandkings was good too.

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Post by Kenwood on Mon Feb 09, 2009 6:43 pm

DgB wrote:Okay ... What about, Meathouse Man by George R.R. Martin? That was really cool. Sandkings was good too.
Meathouse Man was disturbing. Kind of gross, actually. Haha. Sandkings was excellent. Song for Lya was also great.

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Re: Short Stories

Post by Tall Tyrion on Tue Feb 10, 2009 1:28 am

David Morrell had a story called Orange Is For Anguish, Blue For Insanity that still haunts me.

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Re: Short Stories

Post by cvrysen on Wed Feb 18, 2009 1:44 am

Since reading it, Pelland's Last Stand is the by far the first story that comes to mind when thinking of great short fiction.

Can't wait until we can share The Music Box and the rest of issue 1 with everyone.

On the fantasy side, the original 12 Thieves' World anthologies are pretty damned incredible. In the process of reading the new resurrection of the series, withholding judgment for now.

I'm away from my bookshelf now, but there's a series of anthologies of retold fairy tales, all with the same sort of naming convention, and I'm beating my head against my desk cause I can't remember any of the titles. But almost every one of the stories in them is gold. Grr.

Now I'm being overwhelmed by the number of anthologies and groovy tales filling my bookshelves and storage, so it's time to delete or post this.

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Post by Shiney on Wed Feb 18, 2009 10:19 am

Chris...I have those fairy tale anthologies...all were edited by ELLEN DATLOW and someone else...

"Snow White, Blood Red" and stuff like that.....title wise. Theyre killer.

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Post by Mercedes on Wed Feb 18, 2009 1:39 pm

I grew up on fairytales. "The Woman with Golden Hands", "The Boy Without Eyes". They're a jacked up lot.

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Re: Short Stories

Post by cvrysen on Sat Feb 21, 2009 5:53 pm

Those are the ones, you score 923 nifty points, Shiney! 77 more and you win!

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Re: Short Stories

Post by steven pirie on Sun Feb 22, 2009 6:57 am

I like finding gems from emerging authors in small press anthologies. I buy too many 'shock totems' and small press anthos that's good for me.

The Nemonymous series always produce consistently good stories (and I say that as a buyer and fan long before I actually made it into one). 'Choices' antho from Pendragon Press was good, and the short story 'The Memory of Breathing' by Lynne Triffit (sp?) lingered long after reading.

I like short stories very much character based...

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Post by Kenwood on Sun Feb 22, 2009 1:46 pm

steven pirie wrote:I like finding gems from emerging authors in small press anthologies. I buy too many 'shock totems' and small press anthos that's good for me.
Early last year, I think I subscribed to every small press publication in existence. I haven't read half of them. Haha.

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Re: Short Stories

Post by DgB on Tue Mar 17, 2009 5:57 pm

So, yesterday I decided to take a short break from reading, The Blood Knight. Instead, I began the short story anthology, Poe's Children, edited by Peter Straub.
I read the first story, The Bees by Dan Chaon, and although the story started interesting enough I thought the ending sucked terribly. The second story, Cleopatra Brimstone by Elizabeth Hand, however, was very original and I enjoyed it immensely. I will be starting the third story shortly.
Has anyone else read this particular anthology? If so, what did you think?

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Post by Tall Tyrion on Wed Mar 18, 2009 1:09 am

I haven't, but it sounds interesting.

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Re: Short Stories

Post by DgB on Wed Mar 18, 2009 3:14 am

Tall Tyrion wrote:I haven't, but it sounds interesting.

Based solely on the first few stories, I feel comfortable recommending it. popcorn

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Re: Short Stories

Post by O'Dandelo on Sun Jan 08, 2012 12:20 am

"--30--" and "The Broadsword," both by Laird Barron. Two of the best short stories I've read in the last several years. If you for some reason have not read Barron yet, you should. He's Lovecraftian while still managing to be entirely his own writer. No pastiche.

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Re: Short Stories

Post by markgunnells on Sun Jan 08, 2012 3:46 pm

"In the Hills, The Cities" by Barker is one of my favorites. I also adore much of the earlier short work by Bradbury, "The Other Foot" is a prime example.

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