Armchair BEA Day 3: Shorty Short Shorts


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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?

Short Stories

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.




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:

How about you? Do you enjoy short stories or novellas? Any favorites?

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  1. I enjoy short stories/novellas. Its been awhile since I have read one though. Your list is making me want to check them out..oh no wallet might not like this :)

  2. These are great lists, especially because SUSAN HILL! SHIRLEY JACKSON! THE YELLOW WALLPAPER!!! I see quite a few things I must check out.

  3. There are not enough hours in the day. So many great short stories and novellas I want to read IN ADDITION to the scads of books.

  4. Like Heather above, I was all SHIRLEY JACKSON --have you heard that a new anthology of her unpublished work is being published next year? (called Garlic in Fiction).

  5. I love reading everyone's lists. There is a lot of Shirley Jackson love out there! I'm not sure how I feel about scary stories. Maybe I wouldn't mind a scary short story as opposed to a novel.

    1. At least if it's short you're only scared a little?

  6. Sometimes, when I read an anthology too quickly, I feel like I've eaten a huge Valentine's heart of chocolates all at one sitting. Too many stories!

    Great list, I'm taking notes for the next RIP. ;)

  7. Like entire lists, Chris, to add to my TBR. Sigh. You're SUCH an enabler. ;)


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