I love short stories because I love to read. I live an awfully busy lifestyle, in between full time work and my own personal writing projects, which means I don’t have a lot of time to read. I have dozens of books piled up on my coffee table and on shelves that I’m itching to read or re-read, but they keep getting pushed aside in favor of my other passions. That doesn’t mean that I have to stop reading entirely though, and I’ve found ways to get around the roadblocks that prevent me from doing so.
I just end up reading short stories. So, so many of them.
I can usually fit in a short story any time I have ten or so minutes to spare, or in between researching for topics, or even while I’m checking twitter. They don’t take too much time to get through with the benefit of having parsed an full story, albeit a compact one. Even better, they can offer just as much inspiration to begin writing yourself.
So here’s a small list of some of my favorite short stories to revisit. They’re all vaguely horror based because, I’ll admit, I’m a sucker for spooky stories.
“The Veldt” by Ray Bradbury
A husband and wife investigate the worrying behavior of a virtual reality room they have installed for their children.
“All Summer In A Day” by Ray Bradbury
Young children living on Venus experience two hours of sunlight for the first time.
“My dead girlfriend keeps messaging me on Facebook. I’ve got the screenshots. I don’t know what to do.” by natesw
A classic from r/nosleep in which a redditor encounters unnerving behavior from his deceased girlfriend’s Facebook page.
“Below Hell” by doaktionary
Another r/nosleep story, only this piece is less horror based and more fanciful, presenting the tale of a young girl who travels through a mysterious, timeless realm.
“I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream” by Harlan Ellison
A wicked supercomputer tortures what remains of humanity as punishment for its own creation.
If anyone has any suggestions for short stories, I’d be more than happy to give them a read and feature them the next time I do a short story spotlight. Otherwise, pop in tomorrow for September’s WP&E, Writing Prompts & Exercises #2: The Discovery.