Other people’s shorts

Beyond The Margins have just posted an article on how publishers prefer novels to short story collections, so I thought I’d list out a few of my favourite short fictions, by way of a share toy:

Moongazer by Nuala Ní Chonchúir (WTD, go to page 48).

Writ in Water by Helen Dunmore.

Then there’s Brokeback Mountain by Annie Proulx, which I love in part because they made a film out of a shorty, and that’s something. First published in The New Yorker, later extended in her book, Close Range: Brokeback Mountain and Other Stories.

I also enjoy stories by Valerie O’Riordan (hold your breath for The Runt), Tania Hershman (48 dogs), Christopher Allen (Pretty), Ramon Collins (Sometimes) and many more.

There’s another one, about an anchorite/anchoress, written a few years ago. I think it won something. Anyhow, I’ve lost it. If you know of a good short fiction about an anchorite/ess, please let me know — I’d love to read it again.


  1. Jennifer says:

    Mine are “Rita Hayward & the Shawshank Redemption,” which was first published by Stephen King as a novella in “Different Seasons” along with “The Body” which was later made into the film “Stand by Me”. I’d rather read this Mr. King than the Mr. King of “It”.

  2. Tony Van Witsen says:

    I could add so many short stories, I don’t even know where to start. How about “The Model” by Bernard Malamud? “Rosso Malpelo” by Giovanni Verga? “The Falling Girl” by Dino Buzzati? “A Change Of Plan” by Bruce Jay Friedman? “Near Extinct Birds Of The Central Cordillera” by Ben Fountain?

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