May is Short Story Month

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May is Short Story Month. For a long time, short stories got the boot. They used to be so part of the reading conscious, but in the past decades, collections were overlooked for novels. However, they are making a comeback. Short Story Month is sponsored by storyaday.org and is hoping to encourage more consumption of short stories beyond just the month of May.

In the coming month, I hope to include more short fiction. I have some books and lone short stories already lined up. I’ve just finished one forthcoming collection, too. Because May is also Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month, I am aiming to include writers who fit this criteria as well. So, let’s get our #shortreads on! Below are some past posts to get a jump on it. Are you reading any gripping short stories? If so, please tell me in the comment section.

+ “The End of the End of Everything” by Dale Bailey
+ “The Skull” by Philip K. Dick
“The Repairer of Reputations” by Robert W. Chambers
+ “Rappaccini’s Daughter” by Nathaniel Hawthorne
+ and more.

I leave you with this quote from Neil Gaiman regarding short stories:

“Short stories are tiny windows into other worlds and other minds and other dreams. They are journeys you can make to the far side of the universe and still be back in time for dinner.” 

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11 comments

  1. Short stories present their own sets of challenges and rewards for both writers and readers. They are difficult to do well, and I will never stop learning something new every time I write one. It would be lovely if they made a “comeback” in the popular consciousness.

    1. Yes, I wish there was a collective we could have back. When I was searching online for The Lottery, I read up about how readers wrote hundreds of letters to her and the New Yorker concerning the story (every day readers, too; not exclusively NYC literati/academics). I like this idea that everyone, no matter who, read and questioned the same work.

  2. Wow, good to know! Time to review another collection then! 🙂 As you know, I love short stories. Unfortunately, few popular writers still write them successfully. I remember that Stephen King wrote about the challenges of short story writing (and why he still does it) in an excellent book “On Writing”. I found also a short interview with him about it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1qItKJ8RiQ I like his term “an art of miniaturization”.

    1. It’s been a while since I’ve written a short story, but I love it. I’m slowly getting my toes wet again after just completing a massive manuscript. Thanks for the clip. There’s definitely an art to it all. I’m looking forward to your forthcoming review. Also, I think you’ll be fond of the short story I last reviewed. Perhaps, it touches on some grotesque ground? In case you’re interested: https://acidfreepulp.com/2014/05/01/the-end-of-the-end-of-everything-by-dale-bailey/

  3. I am very fond of short stories. I almost prefer them and generally have a 50/50 balance of short stories vs. novels, although I rarely blog about shorter fiction, because no one else really likes it (you don’t need to tell me how lame of an excuse that is, I already know). I’m waiting on Just After Sunset by Stephen King to come in at the library and I’m intrigued by The Skull you have listed above…

    1. I haven’t done that much to feature short fiction over the past couple of years, but actually, they have been some of my more popular posts (I think it’s because I focus on one story opposed to the entire collection and some of my regular blogosphere compadres/followers post mostly about short stories). I’d be curious to see any future posts you might do if you ever feel the desire to write about a short story/collection. I’ve liked some of Stephen King’s shorts in the past (although, I think some might qualify as other authors’ novels/novellas).

      “The Skull” was great (and the rest listed above definitely fall on the side of the weird and grotesque).

      1. I’m all about the weird and grotesque. And actually, my most popular post of all time (and it is still read almost every day), is a post on Raymond Carver’s short stories. So I guess I’m correcting myself…

      2. Just went and read your review. That’s an excellent collection and quite famous. I love one of your final lines, “I can’t even explain, coherently, why I love this collection.”
        Enjoy The Skull; it’s not perfect, but it also takes place in your part of the world.

      3. It is, quite a few people have “honored” (searching for a word here….?) that title by borrowing it, more or less. Raymond Carver always depresses me, but I’m always left very impressed at the same time. I sometimes wonder how far people have to scroll in the results before they come to my post, I’m so glad there are determined people out there.

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