fbpx

Short Stories and Novellas

Ellen Gilchrist’s “Acts of God” and the New South: Arkansas, Mississippi, and Louisiana

If you like a little grit (or GRITS*) with your holiday cheer, spend some time with these stories. You won’t see Christmas mentioned even once, but you will head out to your next holiday event with a feeling of “…good will toward men.” And women. *GRITS=Girls raised in the south (to become ladies) *grits: A …

Ellen Gilchrist’s “Acts of God” and the New South: Arkansas, Mississippi, and Louisiana Read More »

Hanging out in Michigan with Bonnie Jo Campbell and the folks in her short stories

What’s Really Going On in Kalamazoo, Michigan: Bonnie Jo Campbell tells it like it really is…the bad, and the good. I don’t like to read about situations or characters that seem to hip to me, or too urban…I like to read about people who have what I perceive of as “normal”.  They have jobs, they …

Hanging out in Michigan with Bonnie Jo Campbell and the folks in her short stories Read More »

Fellow Americans, It’s time to read Alice Munro’s short stories and expand your knowledge of Canada.

When I think contemporary short stories in English, I think Alice Munro. Free Reads and Free Listens of her stories are at the bottom of this post. I realize that Alice Munro has been writing for a long time, and I also realize that she has been dominating the short story genre in English for …

Fellow Americans, It’s time to read Alice Munro’s short stories and expand your knowledge of Canada. Read More »

Shirley Jackson: The Daughter of Poe or the Mother of Stephen King?

New American Gothic Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery”, The Haunting of Hill House, We Have Always Lived in the Castle, and other works join the classics by Hawthorne and Poe. Stephen King also mentions her work as an important inspiration for him. Buy on Amazon I think it’s kind of a shame that all I’ve really …

Shirley Jackson: The Daughter of Poe or the Mother of Stephen King? Read More »