Five-Star Short Fiction

It’s a busy time of the year and we all have long lists of things to do. This list of great short fiction is the kind of list to enjoy! Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Book Club Mom

I think short fiction is one of the greatest types of literature. The compressed stories, intense situations, surprising ironic twists and abrupt finishes are some of the things I love about short stories. They always leave me thinking! Here’s a list of my favorites. What are yours?


a rose for emily pic

“A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner


Best American Short Stories 1993

“An Angel on the Porch” by Thomas Wolfe


Babylon Revisited

“Babylon Revisited” by F. Scott Fitzgerald


Best American Short Stories 1994

“Cold Snap” by Thom Jones


Scribner Anthology big

“Death by Landscape” by Margaret Atwood


Scribner Anthology big

“Gryphon” by Charles Baxter


in the gloaming

“In the Gloaming” by Alice Elliott Dark


Best American Short Stories 1993

“Red Moccasins” by Susan Power


Scribner Anthology big

“Same Place, Same Things” by Tim Gautreaux


the chrysanthemums pic

“The Chrysanthemums” by John Steinbeck


The Horse Dealer's Daughter new

“The Horse Dealer’s Daughter” by D. H. Lawrence


The Most Dangerous Game

“The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell


The Necklace pic


“The Necklace”
by Guy de Maupassant


The Oblong Box

“The Oblong Box” by Edgar Allan Poe


The Secret Life of Walter Mitty new

“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” by James Thurber


The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber

“The Short Happy Life of Francis…

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7 thoughts on “Five-Star Short Fiction

  1. I should read more short fiction. I think it’s more challenging for writers because they have to compress so much into so little. I used to try writing micro fiction. That was fun.

      1. I remember a lit class I took where micro or flash fiction was under 400 words, but some extended it to a little more. It was fun trying to tell a story with those restrictions..:)

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