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Editat: nov. 3, 2015, 10:06am

I don't go out of my way to read short fiction, but I do like a dash of it now and then between novels. Some authors I've read and enjoyed, or else respect the reputations of:

Sherwood Anderson (for Winesburg, Ohio)
Jorge Borges
John Cheever
Anton Chekov
Ernest Hemmingway
O. Henry
James Joyce (for Dubliners)
Katherine Mansfield
Alice Munro
Flannery O'Connor
Katherine Ann Porter
Saki (i.e. Hector Hugh Munro)

I didn't mention some that are genre-specific (Edgar Allan Poe, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, etc.), not that they're less legitimate in any way.

Of those I've read, I was the most impressed with Dubliners for its many variations on a theme that display its universality; and Jorge Borges (Ficciones), because I get as caught up in the zany ideas he explores as he does. On the genre-specific side I've an affinity for Robert Silverberg's Majipoor Chronicles which struck me as one strong tale after another.

nov. 3, 2015, 11:06am

All good writers.

There's one short story writer I can't abide, the unspeakable H.P Lovecraft. Gah! Show the freaking monster already you perv!

nov. 4, 2015, 7:13am

>2 SomeGuyInVirginia: Lovecraft is not unspeakable; he's wonderful! I love his long, atmospheric descriptions of the landscape, which he makes so sinister. He has a remarkable vocabulary. His stories frighten me half to death and then I go back for more. He was actually the writer whom I was going to mention in this thread!

I also enjoy short stories by O. Henry, Shirley Jackson, and Thomas Hardy.

Editat: nov. 4, 2015, 7:54am

Some great short story writers who are more contemporary:

William Trevor
Charles Baxter
Edith Pearlman
George Singleton

Not so contemporary:

Stefan Zweig
James Still
Nikolai Leskov

Recent collections I've loved:

True Places Never Are by Cate McGowan
Outlaw Album by Daniel Woodrell
Birds of a Lesser Paradise by Megan Mayhew
The Wilds by Julia Elliott

nov. 4, 2015, 9:34am

>3 ahef1963: I know, it's me. I can't stand He Who Can't Be Named. It's that gag about not describing the monster because if he did the reader would go insane. Strikes me as a circus pitchman's gaff; I pays my nickle and gets a fish end stuck on an otter top.

You know, it's been a long time since I read short stories that weren't chillers. I'll make an exception for George Saunders and A.M. Homes.

nov. 4, 2015, 12:54pm

Guy de Maupassant and no other.

Editat: nov. 5, 2015, 10:13am

Editat: nov. 8, 2015, 1:08pm

Mark Twain came to me in my dreams last night and protested that this thread did not include his name. I didn't believe it until I came here and saw it for myself.

Tonight I guess it will be P G Wodehouse with the same complaint. Even so, it's good to see that >6 Limelite: places Guy De Maupassant up ahead where he belongs. :)

Editat: nov. 8, 2015, 1:14pm

Two of my favorites to add to the list:

Sherman Alexie
Margaret Atwood I haven't read her most recent collection, but I thought several of the stories in last year's Stone Mattress were unforgettable - 'Torching the Dusties' haunts me.