What is the most disturbing short story you have ever read?

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  1. ChristinS profile image40
    ChristinSposted 12 years ago

    What is the most disturbing short story you have ever read?

    I think the most initially shocking and disturbing short story I have ever read was "A Party Down at the Square" by Ralph Ellison.  It was one of those stories that truly evoked a lot of emotion and also made you ask a lot of questions - like how can groups of people truly act this way?  What was the most disturbing short story you've ever read and why?

  2. junkseller profile image79
    junksellerposted 12 years ago

    Don't know if it qualifies as a short story, but I'd say Franz Kafka's "Metamorphosis". Can't really say why. I don't think I ever fully processed it, but I remember it having a big impact on me when I read it. I'll have to read it again some time.

  3. MatthewLeo1701 profile image60
    MatthewLeo1701posted 12 years ago

    An  Occurence At Owl Street Bridge by Ambrose Pierce. It is kind of hard to answer this question without giving away the plot. However, I will tell you this. It has one of the most amazing, enthralling, and yet freakishly unexpected endings. It really through me for a loop, and opened up my eyes to the real rules of writing stories. There are no rules.

  4. miloskc profile image56
    miloskcposted 12 years ago

    "A good man is hard to find" by Flannery O'Connor. The story starts in such a humorous way. You never see the brutal end coming.

  5. Ciel Clark profile image72
    Ciel Clarkposted 11 years ago

    "Mr. Fiddlehead" by Jonathon Carroll.  I love his books, especially the earlier ones, (and they are all strange!) but this story has stuck with me as the most disturbing. 

    Thinking about it just now gave me one of those body shivers where your hairs raise up.

  6. LoisRyan13903 profile image61
    LoisRyan13903posted 11 years ago

    The Lottery by shirley Jackson.  Well so I don't spoil it, this is a lottery that you do not want to win


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