Category: Short Stories

  • Patricide: A Novella (Kindle Single)

    By Joyce Carol Oates

    Roland Marks is a Nobel Prize successful novelist with a penchant for young women and 4 marriages at the back of him. Lou-Lou Marks, his grown daughter, is a profitable educational in her personal correct. yet her actual profession lies in getting to her father. An egomaniacal and emotionally manipulative guy, he calls for of her absolute filial loyalty and an uncompromising acquiescence to his each need—her basically gift is his approval, which she feels she by no means totally gets, yet desperately wishes. whilst Roland falls in love with a girl fifty years his junior, Lou-Lou senses the precarious decline of her energy. purpose on fighting Roland from marrying for a 5th time and signing away his estate—and her inheritance—the courting takes a darkly comical flip. Astute, insightful, and mordantly hilarious, Patricide is Joyce Carol Oates at her best.

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  • Brief Interviews with Hideous Men

    By David Foster Wallace

    David Foster Wallace made an paintings of taking readers into locations no different author even will get close to. The sequence of news from which this exuberantly acclaimed e-book takes its name is a series of imagined interviews with males with reference to their family with girls. those snap shots of guys at their so much self-justifying, loquacious, and benighted discover poignantly and hilariously the agonies of sexual connections.
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  • Closing Time and Other Stories

    From award-winning writer and storyteller Jack Ketchum comes nineteen bleak tales of loss and discomfort. this is often the author's most recent assortment, and comprises his Bram Stoker Award-winning novella "Closing Time." additionally integrated: "Returns," "Damned if you happen to Do," "Station Two," "Elusive," "Papa," "The Fountain," "Do you're keen on Your Wife?", "At domestic with the VCR," "Those Rockports will not Get You Into Heaven," "Olivia: A Monologue," "Brave Girl," "Honor System," "Lighten Up," "Hotline," "Monster," "Consensual," "Seascape," and "Snarl, Hiss, Spit, Stalk." "Though Stoker-winner Ketchum is healthier recognized for his novels of hardcore horror (Off Season, etc.), the nineteen tales during this assortment demonstrate his ability at crafting brief and sophisticated temper items approximately daily people who locate themselves wrestling with overpowering feelings that sometimes open them to macabre experience." -Publisher's Weekly
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  • The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, Volume 9


    Kelly Link
    Holly Black
    Ken Liu
    Usman T. Malik
    Lauren Beukes
    Paolo Bacigalupi
    Joe Abercrombie
    Genevieve Valentine
    Nicola Griffith
    Caitlín R. Kiernan
    Greg Egan
    K. J. Parker
    Rachel Swirsky
    Alice Sola Kim
    Garth Nix
    Karl Schroeder
    Ellen Klages
    Kai Ashante Wilson
    Michael Swanwick
    Eleanor Arnason
    James Patrick Kelly
    Ian Mcdonald
    Amal El-mohtar
    Tim Maughan
    Elizabeth Bear
    Theodora Goss
    Peter Watts

    Science fiction and myth hasn't ever been extra various or bright, and 2014 has supplied a bountiful crop of impressive tales. those tales are in regards to the destiny, worlds past our personal, the geographical regions of our imaginations and desires yet, extra importantly, they're the tales of ourselves. that includes best-selling writers and rising abilities, listed here are one of the most fascinating style writers operating today.

    Multi-award successful editor Jonathan Strahan once more brings you the simplest tales from the previous yr. inside of you'll find twenty-eight outstanding stories from authors around the globe, exhibiting why technology fiction and delusion are genres more and more suitable to our turbulent international.
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  • Different Seasons: Four Novellas

    By Stephen King

    A “hypnotic” (The manhattan occasions booklet Review) choice of 4 novellas from Stephen King sure jointly by means of the altering of seasons, each one taking over the subject of a trip with strikingly diversified tones and characters.

    “The wondrous clarity of his paintings, in addition to the moment experience of communique along with his characters, are what make Stephen King the consummate storyteller that he is,” hailed the Houston Chronicle approximately Different Seasons.

    This gripping assortment starts with “Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption,” within which an unjustly imprisoned convict seeks a wierd and startling revenge—the foundation for the simplest photograph Academy Award-nominee The Shawshank Redemption. subsequent is “Apt Pupil,” the foundation for the movie of an analogous identify approximately best highschool pupil Todd Bowden and his obsession with the darkish and lethal earlier of an older guy on the town. In “The Body,” 4 rambunctious younger boys plunge in the course of the façade of a small city and are available face-to-face with lifestyles, loss of life, and intimations in their personal mortality. This novella grew to become the motion picture Stand by means of Me. ultimately, a disgraced lady is decided to conquer dying in “The respiring Method.”
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  • The Home Jar: Stories

    By Nancy Zafris

    Nancy Zafris is a severely acclaimed author end result of the hugely targeted, piercing intelligence that underlies her works. Her presents collect in a imaginative and prescient that someway combines simply the correct amount of irony, refined humor, and compassion for characters you won’t see wherever else in modern fiction. these characters are emotionally all around the map too: resolute, sympathetic, and indelible—their tales might be laugh-out-loud humorous one minute and bittersweet the subsequent. In The domestic Jar, Zafris reconfirms herself to be one of the keenest observers of the human round. this can be her first brief tale assortment because the significantly acclaimed The humans I Know, which received the Flannery O’Connor Award for brief Fiction, and her most famed paintings, the New York Times impressive novel The steel Shredders. Zafris’s very dependable following of readers will usher in The domestic Jar as an enormous occasion in American letters.
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  • The Wonder Garden

    By Lauren Acampora

    An Indie subsequent Pick
    An Amazon Debut Spotlight
    A Barnes & Noble realize nice New Writers selection

    “Like Wharton, Acampora turns out to appreciate fiction as a type of dependent layout. As characters reappear in a single tale after one other, Acampora finds herself as a cautious architect... stunning prose... usually a unmarried sentence twists sinuously, charged with confident and detrimental electricity.”—New York occasions booklet Review

    Launched through 4 starred prepubs and a whole web page New York Times publication assessment, The ask yourself Garden marks Lauren Acampora’s hardly noticeable, sensational front into the literary global. With spell binding realism, those associated tales carry to the web page the myriad lives of a suburban city, and show at each one flip the unseen battles we play out in the back of drawn blinds, the creeping truths from which we distract ourselves, and the large desires we haul quietly with us and draw close. Deliciously creepy and masterfully complicated The ask yourself Garden heralds the coming of a lovely new expertise in American fiction.

    “Acampora’s tales exhibit that an Anna Karenina precept nonetheless applies: All satisfied households are an identical; the sad ones are depressing of their personal unique method. Or to boil it right down to smooth phrases: mo’ cash, mo’ difficulties … upload well-drawn characters, attention-grabbing plots, cultural zingers and dead-on reviews of consumerism and Acampora promises a page-turner.”—Dallas Morning News

    “A smashing debut, with variety, subtlety and chew. examining Acampora, we’re in Cheever kingdom, with tricks of Flannery O’Connor.”—Jane Ciabattari,

    “In thirteen sharply drawn associated tales, Acampora finds the complexities underneath the polish and privilege of a filthy rich Connecticut town.”—People

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  • Today I Wrote Nothing: The Selected Writing of Daniil Kharms

    By Matvei Yankelevich, Daniil Kharms

    Daniil Kharms has lengthy been heralded as some of the most iconoclastic writers of the Soviet period, however the complete breadth of his success is just in recent times, following the hole of Kharms' records, being famous the world over. during this superb translation via Matvei Yankelevich, English-language readers now have a accomplished selection of the prose and poetry that secured Kharms's literary reputation--a recognition that grew in Russia while the Soviet institution labored to suppress it.
    A grasp of officially artistic poetry and what this day will be known as "micro-fiction," Kharms outfitted off the legacy of Russian Futurist writers to create a uniquely deadpan kind written out of--and in spite of--the absurdities of lifestyles in Stalinist Russia. that includes the acclaimed novella "The outdated Woman" and darkly funny brief prose series "Events" (Sluchai), this present day I Wrote not anything additionally comprises dozens of brief prose items, performs, and poems lengthy well-liked in Russia, yet by no means earlier than to be had in English.

    A significant contribution for American readers and scholars of Russian literature and an exhilarating discovery for enthusiasts of latest writers as eclectic as George Saunders, John Ashbery, and Martin McDonagh, this present day I Wrote not anything is a useful assortment for readers of cutting edge writing in every single place.
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  • The News from Spain: Seven Variations on a Love Story

    By Joan Wickersham

    A San Francisco Chronicle and NPR most sensible booklet of the Year

    The writer of the acclaimed memoir The Suicide Index returns with a virtuosic selection of tales, each one a stirring parable of the facility of affection and the impossibility of knowing it. Spanning centuries and continents, from eighteenth-century Vienna to modern the USA, Joan Wickersham exhibits, with uncanny exactitude, how we by no means quite understand what is in a person else's heart--or in our own.

    Review :

    Best Books of 2012, NPR, San Francisco Chronicle, Kirkus Reviews

    Wise and brave and sometimes brilliant...breaks new floor in our perceptions of what a quick tale may be. splendidly resourceful and unique. - Boston Globe

    An ode to heartbreak and regret...Wickersham's present is for taking pictures the behavior of brain that lead even shrewdpermanent humans to misinform themselves...her ebook makes you gradual down and hear, after which look ahead to humans to bare themselves. - New York occasions booklet Review

    Elegantly based, emotionally compelling...Short tales do not get far better than this. -
    Kirkus Reviews

    Do now not mistake Wickersham's exquisitely polished prose for stable manners. even though she writes with a classic grace...she is brutal and humorous too...Divine. - San Francisco Chronicle

    Virtuosic...Wickersham [takes an] emotional cannonball into each one in all her characters. The doubts and tenderness they proportion are ones that in simple terms the most interesting fiction can create. - e-book of the Week

    Wickersham makes a victorious go back to fiction...articulates subtleties of human habit that generally elude language altogether. -

    Munro's and Wickersham's books are on the best of this year's pile. - Chicago Tribune

    So relocating it is going to shut your throat. - LA Times

    The prose is gorgeous, and you're feeling these characters like actual humans. - Cheryl Strayed

    A grasp of the written note and storytelling in all its kinds. - BookPage

    Joan Wickersham has performed it back: astonished, enchanted, and moved me. -  Julia Glass

    Gorgeous, thoroughly original...As quickly as i stopped it, i started to learn it back. - Andre Gregory

    As expert as Alice Munro in maneuvering her characters, and the reader, via time...Highly advised. -
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