I’ve failed at the challenge this week. For four weeks in a row, I’ve been able to read and enjoy stories, then sharing them with my readers. This week, I slipped up. For the last few days I’ve been shoveling snow, and at least reading some audiobooks while I do that. So I have read, at least.
I want to keep up the short story celebration this week, even if I didn’t read any. So, to change things up, I’m going to share a few stories that I’ve enjoyed in the past and can be found free so you can check them out as well.
Next week, I should be back to the regularly scheduled story reading, and might be able to add a little something extra.
The Murders in the Rue Morgue, by Edgar Allan Poe
The Murders in the Rue Morgue” is a short story written by Edgar Allan Poe in 1841. Poe referred to it as a “tale of ratiocination” featuring the brilliant deductions of C. Auguste Dupin; it is today regarded as one of the first detective stories and is almost certainly the first locked room mystery. (description from Librivox)
To Build a Fire, by Jack London
“To Build a Fire” is the title of two short stories by American author Jack London published in 1902 and 1908. The 1908 story has become an often anthologized classic; the 1902 story describes a similar situation but has a different, less memorable plot. The 1908 “To Build a Fire” is an oft-cited example of the naturalist movement that portrays the conflict of man vs. nature. It also reflects what London learned in the Yukon Territory. (description from Wikipedia)
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The curious Case of Benjamin Button, a 1921 short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald, now a major motion picture, features Benjamin Button, who, born as an old man much to the dismay and chagrin of his father and family Doctor, ages backwards until he leaves this world as a newborn. (Summary by Mike Vendetti)
The Premature Burial, by Edgar Allan Poe
“The Premature Burial” is a horror short story on the theme of being buried alive, written by Edgar Allan Poe, (1809-1849), and published in 1844 in The Philadelphia Dollar Newspaper. Fear of being buried alive was common in this period and Poe was taking advantage of the public interest. (description from Wikipedia)
Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment, by Nathaniel Hawthorne
“Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment” is a short story by American author Nathaniel Hawthorne, about a doctor who claims to have been sent water from the Fountain of Youth. Originally published anonymously, it was later published in Hawthorne’s collection Twice-Told Tales in 1837. (description from Wikipedia)
Have you read any short stories this week? Do you know of any short stories to suggest to me or my readers? Feel free to share your thoughts and recommendations in the comments on this post or more privately through the contact page, if you want you’d like to type something longer up.