A time for the short story…

Portrait of Porter from frontispiece in his co...
Portrait of Porter from frontispiece in his collection of short stories, Waifs and Strays. O. Henry (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Not long ago I wrote about October being a wonderful time to enjoy the vast array of spooky and creepy stories. It’s also a time to get after some of the classic short stories that we read in school long ago or taught to students through the years.

Thus, I began to recall some of my favorite short stories and their authors, doing some research as a “refresher course” to aid me in remembering why the stories were so good. It’s been many years since I read them, but it didn’t take me long to put each on my list, re-affirming their ranking way up there in my “favorites” list.

Many of the stories fit the “good-for-October” spooky theme I wrote about; others are just good stories that are timeless and worth reading again and again. I will be adding to this list, but here’s the first part:

  • “Lamb to the Slaughter”-Roald Dahl
  • “The Open Window”-H.H. Munro (Saki)
  • “The Interlopers”-H.H. Munro (Saki)
  • “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” (Ambrose Bierce)
  • “The Last Leaf” (O. Henry)
  • “The Cop & the Anthem” (O. Henry)
  • “The Rocking Horse Winner” (D.H. Lawrence)

What short stories would you add to a “favorites” list? What short story authors are your favorites? Post them in a reply as I’d love to build this list into a long one….CortlandWriter