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2020-08-13 3:04:17 PM  
Guess I get to point out some of these are NOT. English lit, and list fails without Silver Blaze
 
2020-08-13 4:37:54 PM  
I once wrote a three-word short story called : "Three seconds before the end of the world".

-- "Oops !", God said.
 
2020-08-13 4:42:04 PM  
Hmm, nothing by e. e. cummings.
 
2020-08-13 4:53:05 PM  
nothing by T C Boyle or Kilgore Trout.
 
2020-08-13 4:53:06 PM  
'I begin tucking him into bed and he tells me, "Daddy, check for monsters under my bed."  I take his hand and kneel down to look underneath for his amusement and see him, another him, under the bed, staring back at me quivering and whispering, "Daddy, there's somebody on my bed".'

/my own minor edit of probably the best two sentence horror story ever written
//I think the existential dread of the moment of realization that you're holding it's hand adds something
 
2020-08-13 4:56:20 PM  
Did The Man from Nantucket make the list?
 
2020-08-13 4:58:34 PM  
A surprisingly good list. Glad to see "The School" was included - that's stuck with me for years.
 
2020-08-13 5:00:08 PM  
The Yellow Wallpaper farked with my head, big-time.  Glad to see Brokeback Mountain on the list, too.
 
2020-08-13 5:05:40 PM  
Huh.  I guess my opus only counts as a shart story.
 
2020-08-13 5:07:58 PM  
I had to look up The Open Window by Saki today because I'd used the term "romance at a short notice" when describing a liar, but I couldn't remember the name of the story that came from.
 
2020-08-13 5:12:37 PM  
I would have gone with The Cask of Amontillado for Poe's entry on that list.
 
2020-08-13 5:25:33 PM  
they got the wrong Stephen King short listed.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quitters​,_Inc.
 
2020-08-13 5:29:46 PM  
Can't remember the author but it was in a collection called "Incredibly Short, Short, Short Science Fiction Stories"

Sign at the End of the Universe

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2020-08-13 5:30:28 PM  
I can't believe they didn't include anything by Dorothy Parker.
 
2020-08-13 5:37:10 PM  
An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge is excellent, but Bierce's Chickamauga is just as good, if not better. He did, after all, actually participate in that battle. I highly recommend it if you haven't read it.
 
2020-08-13 5:37:34 PM  
That's a pretty good list.
 
2020-08-13 5:43:05 PM  
Saki's "The Unrest Cure" is great.
 
2020-08-13 5:57:17 PM  
List fails without "They're Made Out of Meat."
 
2020-08-13 5:57:18 PM  
Gown removed carelessly. Head, less so.
 
2020-08-13 5:57:28 PM  
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2020-08-13 5:59:14 PM  
"All Summer in a Day" would have been my Bradbury pick, just because that story farked me up when I was young. Probably because I would have been the kid shoved in the closet.
 
2020-08-13 6:00:13 PM  
List fails without War and Peace
 
2020-08-13 6:02:31 PM  
Two fine examples of very short stories:

The last man on Earth sat in his room alone.
There was a knock on his door.

And

There are some things Man was never meant to know.
 
2020-08-13 6:10:36 PM  
'My God," said the Queen, "I'm pregnant. I wonder who did it!"
 
2020-08-13 6:18:50 PM  

blondambition: I can't believe they didn't include anything by Dorothy Parker.



"You can lead a horticulture, but you can't make her think."

- Dorothy Parker
 
2020-08-13 6:28:20 PM  

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Would have been 3 sentences if the first wasn't a run-on.
 
2020-08-13 6:29:10 PM  

brizzle365: they got the wrong Stephen King short listed.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quitters​,_Inc.


Oooh, good point.

Not sure how many years it's been since I've read that story, but I remember that there was a line item on the bill for electricity usage.
 
2020-08-13 6:35:46 PM  

brizzle365: they got the wrong Stephen King short listed.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quitters​,_Inc.


If we're being honest, there's a LOT of King I would include on this list. He's really a master of short fiction.

Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption

Last Rung on the Ladder

The Mist

Survivor Type

that's just off the top of my head
 
2020-08-13 6:36:35 PM  
Also missing:

I Have No Mouth, And I Must Scream

...All You Zombies
 
2020-08-13 6:43:41 PM  
"Of Missing Persons" By Jack Finney
 
2020-08-13 6:45:53 PM  

Monkey_Pants: An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge is excellent, but Bierce's Chickamauga is just as good, if not better. He did, after all, actually participate in that battle. I highly recommend it if you haven't read it.


Guess I gotta read it now.  The Chickmauga battlefield park (whatever it's called) is one of my favorite day rides on the bike, with lots of two-lane country sweepers, and the park itself is downright sobering.

They have markers (think big huge grave marker-like things) where whatever unit was during the battle.  All I could think was "Wait, they were that farking close?"

Highly recommended and it's just a hop, skip, but no jump, from Chatty Nougat (no autocarrot there).
 
2020-08-13 6:50:46 PM  

carlb: "All Summer in a Day" would have been my Bradbury pick, just because that story farked me up when I was young. Probably because I would have been the kid shoved in the closet.


Yup.

https://www.mukilteoschools.org/site/​h​andlers/filedownload.ashx?moduleinstan​ceid=183&dataid=731&FileName=6-All-Sum​mer-in-a-Day-by-Ray-Bradbury.pdf

All Summer in a Day
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2020-08-13 7:04:58 PM  
That's damn good, a surprisingly good list.  The Dead is best ever imho.  Would've chosen a different Flannery O'Connor story but that's a minor quibble
 
2020-08-13 7:23:36 PM  
Appreciated mention of Gift of the Magi, as  previously mentioned in the O. Henry thread recently.

ditto for The Veldt.

Didn't know Proulx wrote Brokeback. If you haven't read her novel The Shipping News, do yourself a favor.
 
2020-08-13 8:08:44 PM  
So where is the Heinlein?
 
2020-08-13 8:14:55 PM  
Some kid didn't like shoes. So farking what.

Some adult thought they could wear baby shoes. They couldn't. So farking what.

Some biatch uncle knitted a pair of baby shoes but never gave them to the baby because he was a biatch. So farking what.

Some child was born without feet. So farking what.
 
2020-08-13 8:20:54 PM  

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2020-08-13 8:26:25 PM  

Usurper4: brizzle365: they got the wrong Stephen King short listed.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quitters​,_Inc.

If we're being honest, there's a LOT of King I would include on this list. He's really a master of short fiction.

Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption

Last Rung on the Ladder

The Mist

Survivor Type

that's just off the top of my head


Last rung on the ladder is one of my favorites and always feels like a hidden gem from King.

Oh yes, he can stick the landing in short stories.
 
2020-08-13 8:28:12 PM  
Solid list.
 
2020-08-13 8:37:35 PM  
43? Why not go for 50? I didn't see anything from Roald Dahl there. Probably others were overlooked as well.
 
2020-08-13 8:46:51 PM  
Jhumpa Lahiri, "A Temporary Matter" (1998)
The story that made Lahiri a household name.

Yeah, I have my doubts. But she is very good.
 
2020-08-13 8:49:49 PM  
For sale. Baby shoes. Never worn.

Our friends were so generous that we got way more shoes than we needed, and now our very healthy and happy baby has outgrown them. So, a great deal on these unworn shoes for your little one!
 
2020-08-13 8:54:20 PM  
I'd add "It's a Good Life" by Jerome Bixby because of its lasting impact on popular culture, which admittedly arises mostly from the Twilight Zone episode, but still . . .
 
2020-08-13 9:16:06 PM  

dittybopper: So where is the Heinlein?


There's a Heinlein between science fiction and fantasy.
 
2020-08-13 9:17:38 PM  

Tax Boy: For sale. Baby shoes. Never worn.

Our friends were so generous that we got way more shoes than we needed, and now our very healthy and happy baby has outgrown them. So, a great deal on these unworn shoes for your little one!


"WE LOST OUR LEASE!  MUST SELL!"
 
2020-08-13 9:53:28 PM  
Little surprised to not see Katherine Ann Porter's Pale Horse, Pale Rider on there.

/Don't much care for Porter, though I suspect that's more a reflection on the professor than on the author he was professing
//Frank Shivers. Nice man, but incredibly dry
 
2020-08-13 10:15:27 PM  
List fails without Rush.
 
2020-08-13 10:21:46 PM  
Both Brokeback Mountain and The Birds feel like cheats since they are surely more famous as movies/screenplays than as short stories
 
2020-08-13 10:29:16 PM  
Also without John Barth ("Lost in the Funhouse"), T. C. Boyle ("Greasy Lake"), Robert Coover ("The Cat in the Hat for President"), William Faulkner ("The Bear"), Nathaniel Hawthorne, Joseph Conrad, Alice Munroe, Angela Carter, P. G. Wodehouse (any Jeeves story), Samuel Beckett ("Dante and the Lobster"), Charles Bukowski, Harlan Ellison ("I Have No Mouth, etc." already mentioned upthread), John Updike, and Katherine Mansfield.

If you're going to include classic science fiction, why not also classic detective stories by Raymond Chandler or John D. Macdonald or classic horror from M. R. James?

I'm pretty sure Checkhov did not write in English.

He wouldn't be on my list, but is there no love left for J. D. Salinger?
 
2020-08-13 10:40:15 PM  

dittybopper: So where is the Heinlein?


I am a Heinlein fan, but short stories were not his forté
 
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