Hi! Another day of Armchair BEA. I’m talking about short stories and novellas.
Now it is time to give a little love to those little stories in your life. Share your love for your favorite shorts of any form. What is a short story or novella that doesn’t get the attention that it deserves? Recommend to readers what shorts you would recommend they start with. How about listing some short story anthologies based upon genres or authors?
I haven’t always been a fan of short stories, especially in collections. The endings felt abrupt and the change from one story to another made me feel lost. The shortness of the genre, I thought, didn’t allow the author to expand on his or her ideas. I’ve since changed my mind about short stories since I started blogging, mostly because of Carl’s RIP Challenge every fall.
Carl’s challenge involves reading macabre material, just what I like, in many formats. One of the categories is the Peril the Short Story. I found that I liked my short stories to be spooky. As long as there was ghost or a murder, I would enjoy it. So, like any other form of literature, you have to find your genre.
If you’re like me, you might like some of my favorites. Many of these are in the public domain and you can find them on Project Gutenberg.
- The House of the Dead Hand and Kerfol by Edith Wharton
- Le Horla and The Inn by Guy de Maupassant
- The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
- Casting the Runes by M.R. James
- The Wendigo by Algernon Blackwood
- The Willows by Algernon Blackwood
- The Lottery by Shirley Jackson
- The Doll and Other Stories by Daphne du Maurier
- The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter
- Echoes from the Macabre by Daphne du Maurier
- The Secret Lives of People in Love by Simon Van Booy (not scary)
- Supernatural Noir edited by Ellen Batlow
- Love Begins in Winter by Simon Van Booy (not scary)
- Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives edited by Sarah Weisman
- Revenge by Yoko Ogawa
- Don’t Look Now and Other Stories by Daphne du Maurier
Like short stories, novellas are short but the form allows for expansion of ideas. They’re like mini novels. They’re also great for blogging since you can read them quickly. I like reviewing novellas and short stories while reading larger material. It keeps my blog active.
Here are some of my favorites:
- Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
- Lady Into Fox by David Garnett
- We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
- The Stepford Wives by Ira Levin
- Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote
- Bartleby the Scrivener by Herman Neville
- I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
- The Woman in Black by Susan Hill
- The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
How about you? Do you enjoy short stories or novellas? Any favorites?
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