For over a year now, The Short Story Station has been championing the short form of fiction. Yes, dear readers, we are a year old. A year of reading, reviewing, and advocating short fiction from writers of varying degrees of skill and renown. We have loved most of them and disliked some of them in this year filled with short stories and we look forward to what the future has in store for us and how bright it is for the short story.
New American Stories edited by Ben Marcus has just been published. It will be followed by 100 Years of The Best American Short Stories edited by Lorrie Moore in October of 2015. Not to mention several short story collections by Juan Gabriel Vasquez, Ann Beattie, Adam Johnson, and Joy Williams that are published or about to be published this year. That does not include the posthumous collections from Shirley Jackson, Kingsley Amis, Clarice Lispector, and Elizabeth Taylor. Only an idiot would say that the short story is dead.
Anyway, as a celebratory post for our blog’s 1st anniversary, [pause for confetti and applause] we have decided to shed a light on one image that has been a constant feature on our site. The Short Story of the Month image created by friend of the blog, Rhena Mae Abundo.
The one thing that we wanted to highlight about this particular image are the stories within it. We wanted to give emphasis on every story mentioned and thus we shall provide the links to every story provided that it is available for the public on the internet.
- The Lottery by Shirley Jackson
- Brokeback Mountain by Annie Proulx
- What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver
- Spring in Fialta by Vladimir Nabokov
- Bangkok by James Salter
- A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner
- Funes the Memorious by Jorge Luis Borges
- A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
- Snow Glass Apples by Neil Gaiman
- The Lady With The Dog by Anton Chekhov
- A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O’Connor
- The Dead by James Joyce
- The Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
- How To Be An Other Woman by Lorrie Moore
- The Enormous Radio by John Cheever
- The Palace Thief by Ethan Canin
- Car Crash While Hitchhiking by Denis Johnson
Unfortunately, we cannot find a link for Steven Millhauser Dangerous Laughter. Still, we are confident that the 17 stories that we provided above would more than make up for the absence of Millhauser’s story.
Consider these seventeen stories, masterpieces all, as a present for your support of our tiny corner of the internet where we are intent on preserving the flame that is short fiction. Thank you everyone!