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Category: Short Stories


LitStack Recs: Paris Stories & Javelin Rain

Paris Stories, by Mavis Gallant In this month of celebrating the short story (#ShortStoryMonth), there must be mention of one of my favorite collections, Mavis Gallant’s Paris Stories. Published in 2002, the book contains one of my favorite stories, Mlle. Dias de Corta. It concerns Mademoiselle, the boarder of a financially strapped Parisian widow, a […]


Traveling Light: Unpacking a Story

So there I am, in a small hotel between the Costa Brava and Sitges, once again unpacking the bag I’ve carried through France and Spain. It’s been five weeks, and by now the contents are painfully familiar: five t-shirts, two pairs of shorts, and various smaller items, including an excellent pair of sandals purchased on […]


LitStack Review: Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman

Trigger Warning:  Short Fictions and Disturbances Neil Gaiman William Morrow Publishers Publication Date: ISBN 978-0-06-233026-0 I freely admit it:  for me (as for many), Neil Gaiman can do no wrong.  He’s the perfect literary celebrity:  moved from the UK to live and work in my Midwestern neck of the woods, calm, unassuming, accessible, champion of […]


LitStack Rec: Thunderstruck & Other Stories & Baseball’s Great Experiment

Thunderstruck & Other Stories, by Elizabeth McCracken Early on in Elizabeth McCracken’s extraordinary story collection, Thunderstruck, a grieving mother instructs her seventeen year-old son to seal up the room of his dead sister. This, she imagines will somehow purge the house of the evil that caused her daughter’s lymphoma. “Don’t touch a thing. Just seal […]


LitStack Rec: These Charming People & Broken Monsters

These Charming People, stories by Michael Arlen In the period just after World War One, there were  British writers who were fascinated by the fast set, the Bright Young Things of the nineteen twenties—the decadent young people whose disillusionment with the Great War caused old ideas fell away, and the Modernist era to emerge. As […]


Flash Review – Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

Through the Woods Emily Carroll Margaret K. McElderry Books Release Date:  July 15, 2014 ISBN 978-1-4424-6596-1 Oh, my goodness.  There are graphic novels.  There are comic books.  There are illustrated stories.  And then there’s Emily Carroll’s Through the Woods. Five stories, with an Introduction and a Conclusion – two mini-stories, if you would.  They all […]