Short stories

A River Runs Through It and Other Stories

By Norman MacLean

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It was a terrific movie. It's an even better book. Norman Maclean's tale of his family's estrangement and coming together ripples along, as sure and memorable as the Blackfoot River.

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One Hand Clapping: Zen Stories For All Ages

By Rafe Martin and Manuela Soare

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In one of these tales of Zen wisdom, a would-be swordsman must first learn patience before he learns how to defeat his enemy.

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Bradbury Stories: 100 of His Most Celebrated Tales

My paperback copies of Ray Bradbury's wonderful fantasy collections--The Illustrated Man, October Country, Dandelion Wine, The Machineries of Joy, and The Martian Chronicles--are in sad shape. The pages are brittle, yellowed, and, yes, a bit musty. But I keep them because his lyrical words matchlessly probe humanity at its worst and best. When friends of mine gifted us with 100 of His Most Celebrated Tales one Christmas, I was happy to have many of those beautiful stories collected together in a hardback edition to last for years--and so was the local library for we own several copies of it.

I certainly won't go through every one of the one hundred, but I'll mention several pieces that stuck with me time and again. One of the first stories in the collection is "The Rocket," in which a poor junk man gets hold of a prototype rocketship and dreams of somehow going into space with his family. "The Sailor Home from the Sea" is a tale of loss and love and the imagination to reconcile them. "The Sound of Summer Running" is the opening piece for Dandelion Wine, and it brings back the time of year and the time of life for one young man who feels as if his whole town might capsize, go under, leaving not a trace in the clover and weeds of burgeoning summer.

The New Gothic: A Collection of Contemporary Gothic Fiction

By Bradford Morrow and Patrick McGrath (editors)

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Leading contemporary fiction writers from Anne Rice to Martin Amis to Jeanette Winterson contribute first-rank literary stories to this masterful, disturbing collection. –From Publishers Weekly
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Cloud Atlas: A Novel

David Mitchell

"The book consists of six nested stories that take us from the remote South Pacific in the nineteenth century to a distant, post-apocalyptic future. Each tale is revealed to be a story that is read (or watched) by the main character in the next." (Wikipedia)

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A History of Science Fiction: Ray Bradbury & Arthur C. Clarke

Over the course of the twentieth century, many authors have emerged to define the popular perception of science fiction. These authors have created some of the most-read science fiction works and continue to have an enormous influence on the science fiction world to this day. It is the work of these authors that has made the genre into a more diverse and critically respected field.

Beware! R.L. Stine Picks His Favorite Scary Stories

By R.L. Stine

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A selection of unsettling stories (one in graphic form) and two poems by such authors as Ray Bradbury, William Sleator, Robert Service, Edward Gorey, Roald Dahl, Jane Yolen and Mr. Stine himself.
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Cycle of the Werewolf

By Stephen King

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The legendary master of horror gives us twelve quick and entertaining stories, one for each month of year, that follow a werewolf in a small town in Maine where each full moon brings another death. The movie, Silver Bullet, was based on this book.
 

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The Power of Light: Eight Stories for Hanukkah

By Isaac Bashevis Singer

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Eight stories from a master storyteller--one to celebrate each night of Hanukkah.

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Darkness Creeping: Twenty Twisted Tales

By Neal Shusterman

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A walk on the dark side with this classic collection of masterfully creepy stories. 

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