What are your favorite short stories of all time?
Short stories are the most difficult to write, as they should be capable of arousing emotion, thrill, excitement in limited number of words. Which is the story that ended but still gave you the feeling that something more remains to be told?
I love short stories, I find them to be very satisfying! My favourites:
Araby by James Joyce
A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
After I Was Thrown in the River and Before I Drowned by Dave Eggers
I agree, short stories are incredibly difficult to write, which is why I generally don't write them. But my favorites have to come from H. P. Lovecraft. He manages to set a creepy mood in a short span of time, while also hinting at a much larger, and deeper mythos of madness. Admittedly, his short stories share a universe, but I think anyone could pick up one of the stories and get into it without having read the others. My personal favorite is "A Shadow Out of Time" which combines horror, time travel, and aliens in a way that really leaves an impact after the story is finished.
Let's see, so many to choose from.
To Build a Fire by Jack London.
The Woman Who Rode Away by DH Lawrence
On the Road by Anton Chekhov
What we Talk About When We talk About Love by Raymond Carver
A Shocking Accident by Graham Greene
The Hermit's Story by Rick Bass
These are just a few I've read and enjoyed over the years. I could substitute a 100 others.
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