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Web enabled horror fiction?

Thanks to MeFi, I recently read Benjamin Rosenbaum's short story "Feature Development for Social Networking" - please recommend me some other high quality horror / supernatural fiction in which the Web plays a central role.
posted by ryanshepard on Nov 15, 2014 - 6 answers

Short stories with alternating storylines?

I'm looking for examples of short stories that have two oscillating storylines that ultimately intersect. I mean two different characters on two different trajectories whose paths ultimately cross. This is a frequent structure in novels, but I'm looking for short stories where this is done. I'm sure Alice Munro has done it, but I can't think of examples off the top of my head. Anyone know of any?
posted by swheatie on Jul 26, 2014 - 9 answers

Identify 90s (?) short story collection with a title maybe about falling

Cover was white, cover art was a face or mask or both, female author (I think), and my best recollection is that the title story was about falling or hitting bottom or some combination. [more inside]
posted by Xalf on Jun 9, 2014 - 7 answers

Great short stories or novellas legally downloadable for free for Kindle

What great short stories, short novellas, or even short nonfiction pieces can I legally download for free for my Kindle? Some details inside. [more inside]
posted by Flunkie on May 26, 2014 - 13 answers

It was a bright cold day in April and the clocks were striking thirteen.

I am looking for recommendations of great dystopian novels, novellas, and short stories. Any length will do! [more inside]
posted by SkylitDrawl on May 22, 2014 - 39 answers

Short stories and fair use

Can anyone recommend older short stories, which fall under fair use? The darker or spookier the better. [more inside]
posted by demonstartivepapadonous on May 12, 2014 - 16 answers

Load me up with awesome short stories!

I have this book and I love it. I pick it up, open to a random page, and read whatever story I land on (generally with great success) and often discover a new author to read. Can you recommend other similarly gigantic, wonderfully edited, genre-specific collections of short stories/novellas? [more inside]
posted by torisaur on Apr 1, 2014 - 16 answers

How can I promote a writing workshop in NYC

I’m looking for ideas on how I might attract students for a fiction writing workshop I’d like to teach. [more inside]
posted by swheatie on Mar 5, 2014 - 3 answers

Robots in fiction for a high school audience

What are some short stories, books and movies that feature robots or artificial intelligence in prominent roles? Looking for accessible conversation starters; could be classic sci-fi or more contemporary stuff. This is for a high school class of students with a wide range of English skills and cultural backgrounds. We'd like to come up with a list that would have something appealing for everyone, and would be appropriate for a school setting. [more inside]
posted by beandip on Jan 12, 2014 - 34 answers

Looking for dystopian short fiction and literary theory

Please help me find as much short (8,000 words or less) dystopian fiction and literary theory (any length) as possible! Anthologies are fine. It can be on the internet or in book/magazine/any purchasable form. It can be famous; it can be obscure. Anything goes, really! [more inside]
posted by Quilford on Dec 21, 2013 - 15 answers

How do I find out if a foreign work has ever been published in English?

I am trying to find out if an Italian short story now in the public domain has ever been published in English. [more inside]
posted by millions on Dec 16, 2013 - 5 answers

Leaping into the action: good examples of in media res in short fiction?

I'm teaching a workshop on in media res (starting a story at the height of the action and then revealing backstory later) this weekend, and I'm looking for a short story (fairly short, short enough that students could read it in under 5-10 minutes) that illustrates in media res well. After the students read the story, I'm going to ask them to write an in media res story of their own. Does anyone know of any good short stories that would resonate with 13-16-year-olds? Thank you!
posted by DeusExMegana on Oct 17, 2013 - 19 answers

Seeking "Twist Ending" Story Anthologies

Can you guys recommend any short story anthologies whose theme is twist endings? The one requirement is that all of the stories must feature a twist ending -- so books like Guy de Maupassant or O. Henry collections, or even Twilight Zone anthologies, in which only many/most of the stories feature twist endings, are disqualified. I'm not sure whether such an anthology even exists, but I'd love to find out. Thanks for any recommendations!
posted by Mo' Money Moe Bandy on Sep 26, 2013 - 7 answers

Non-euro fantasy stories?

Looking for fantasy that's not based on your standard European/Tolkien background. Pretty much any flavor of fantasy is alright (straight, urban, science, what have ye). Just finished reading Barry Hughart's Master Li/Number Ten Ox books and enjoyed them. Would definitely prefer "adult" fiction versus YA, but no preference for novels versus short stories.
posted by curious nu on Sep 23, 2013 - 24 answers

Unsung Short Story Masters

I want to know about that favorite short story writer of yours that no one else has ever heard of. [more inside]
posted by Iridic on Sep 13, 2013 - 42 answers

Isn't it Ironic?

Looking for a short story, in which an elevator figured prominently, used to demonstrate literary irony in a gifted-talented/advanced placement middle school class. [more inside]
posted by crush-onastick on Jul 19, 2013 - 3 answers

Inner strength quotes

I am looking for quotes/phrases/short poems that sum up the feeling of I'm struggling but I'll survive. Something that encompasses the struggle of being knee deep in the mud of hard facing your psyche/complexes but also that you know you will be able to get through it. [more inside]
posted by kanata on Jul 15, 2013 - 47 answers

Are there well-done bibliographies for 40s/50s/60s sci-fi pulps?

Are there any relatively comprehensive bibliographic encyclopedias of science fiction pulp short story publications that I haven't found? [more inside]
posted by vathek on Jul 11, 2013 - 3 answers

Feel me

Short story recommendations that are packed with emotion. Or please provide suggestions as to how to write stories that are packed with emotion. [more inside]
posted by Wolfster on Jul 11, 2013 - 27 answers

Short story collections like Skeleton Crew and Night Shift?

If Stephen King's short story collections Skeleton Crew and Night Shift are my favorite short story collections of all time, what other short story collections might I enjoy?
posted by imabanana on Jun 30, 2013 - 17 answers

Publishing options for a collection of literary short fiction

I'm nearing completion of a book of very short stories that riff in various ways on the 'joke' form. The pieces are 1-2 pages. I want to publish this book. I'm not sure the best way. [more inside]
posted by skwt on May 27, 2013 - 4 answers

More Ballard!

I have recently discovered J.G. Ballard, and can't get enough of his short stories. [more inside]
posted by altopower on Apr 12, 2013 - 20 answers

Stories about academics discovering the supernatural/weird

Can you recommend books, movies, or short stories that involve academics in supernatural peril? [more inside]
posted by zoetrope on Apr 11, 2013 - 34 answers

Unsure of the procedure to obtain copyright permissions in this scenario

Okay, so I've composed a bunch of music to go with selections from a book of short stories, and things are coming together and I've started to perform & record them. They're mostly 1-2 minutes and the idea is that I'd record myself reading them along with the music; think of something along he lines of Ken Nordine's work. Anyways, it's just something I've been doing for fun, creativity for the sake of creativity and all that. But as it's finally coming together, I have an urge, naturally, to share it with people, at which point legal considerations arise. [more inside]
posted by mingo_clambake on Mar 13, 2013 - 1 answer

How to transition from commenting on blogs to "real" writing

In the last 9 years, I've written a Russian novel's worth of blog comments. Can you help me channel this energy into personal writing projects? NOTE : I am NOT interested in blogging. [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco on Feb 12, 2013 - 10 answers

Short stories sought

Recommend me up some short stories. Inside, I'll tell you what I likes and what I don't likes. [more inside]
posted by !Jim on Nov 15, 2012 - 39 answers

Everything is Amazing and The Bestest

What are other modern fiction titles with superlatives? I'm thinking of "Everything is Illuminated" and "Everything Here is the Best Thing Ever". [more inside]
posted by whimsicalnymph on Oct 31, 2012 - 24 answers

Help identifying a short story

Help identifying a short story I originally read in an Isaac Asimov "Science Fiction" magazine. [more inside]
posted by dotgirl on Sep 16, 2012 - 2 answers

Something old, something new

Do you have any short story recommendations? Difficulty level: In the public domain. [more inside]
posted by tooloudinhere on Aug 20, 2012 - 26 answers

The meaning of life through short stories.

What short stories have further defined your conceptual understanding of "the meaning of life?" [more inside]
posted by lobbyist on Jun 3, 2012 - 31 answers

Help me find the best strange science fiction novels.

Help me find more speculative/science fiction novels like Geoff Ryman's The Child Garden and Michael Swanwick's Stations of the Tide! [more inside]
posted by overglow on Apr 20, 2012 - 10 answers

Young Adult Linked Short Story Collections

I'm looking for linked short story collections. [more inside]
posted by joyeuxamelie on Mar 23, 2012 - 23 answers

Ethical test-cases in literary form?

Recommend good short stories for starting moral or ethical debates! [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Jan 26, 2012 - 29 answers

Out of copyright post-apocalyptic stories

Dear Metafilter: can you suggest any short stories that fit a general theme of post-apocalyptic stories, but which are out of copyright/public domain? [more inside]
posted by reynir on Jan 22, 2012 - 6 answers

Time for some new reading material.

Hit me with some great, freely-available, science fiction short stories. [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Nov 4, 2011 - 31 answers

Don't think Mrs. Dalloway is going to work here

Nice, comforting stores to read out loud to an elderly individual? [more inside]
posted by leedly on Nov 1, 2011 - 28 answers

Creepy stories I half remember?

Short story collection(s) identification; space succubi, store brand cheetos, and grape soda. [more inside]
posted by nomisxid on Oct 7, 2011 - 2 answers

No, "she likes sexy times" is not a simile...siiiiiiiiigh...

What are some interesting, unique, different and effective ways to teach figurative language to high schoolers? [more inside]
posted by guster4lovers on Oct 3, 2011 - 12 answers

Most influential short stories and novels in terms of style since 1950?

Which novels and short stories, from any genre, since WWII, have been the most influential on prose style in "literary fiction"?
posted by shivohum on Aug 26, 2011 - 19 answers

Help me find happiness! Literally!

I'm looking for fiction that is short(ish) and has happiness as a theme. By happiness, I mean any of the following: factors influencing happiness, someone gaining/losing happiness, pondering the meaning of happiness, money causing/preventing happiness, thinking something will make you happier and it does or doesn't, etc. Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by guster4lovers on Aug 19, 2011 - 18 answers

Help us find this specific smutty story

My partner was telling me about a fascinating bit of erotica he read sometime within the past 15 or so years about a society where it was acceptable to have sex in the open, but eating was something shameful you did in private. He can't remember who wrote it or where he read it, though; can you help us find it?
posted by rhiannonstone on Jun 28, 2011 - 24 answers

short story masters

Who are the current masters of the short story form? [more inside]
posted by AceRock on Jun 17, 2011 - 37 answers

help find book of short stories

Help find me a Book of Short Stories that you could use as introductions for various talks/discussions/presentations... [more inside]
posted by fozzie33 on May 26, 2011 - 6 answers

Good Short Fiction Set in Kentucky?

I like short fiction with a strong sense of place. I particularly like reading said fiction while visiting its setting. I'm going to be in Kentucky soon. What might I want to read while I'm there?
posted by .kobayashi. on May 15, 2011 - 12 answers

Bookfilter: authors like Calvino, Keret, Murakami

Bookfilter: I'm looking for authors (and especially short story collections) in the vein of Italo Calvino, Etgar Keret, and Haruki Murakami - playful, slightly absurd, and a little bit surreal.
posted by devilsbrigade on Apr 3, 2011 - 32 answers

Read-Aloud Ready

I am looking for recommendations for a relevant short story to read to children on Take Your Child to Work day. Our activity theme is "mapping your future." [more inside]
posted by WeekendJen on Mar 1, 2011 - 2 answers

Looking for a vaguely remembered book...

Looking for a vaguely remembered book, published (we believe) in the last 10 years. [more inside]
posted by jrb223 on Nov 3, 2010 - 4 answers

Help me identify this book/short story/novella from my past.

ShortStoryFilter: I'm looking for the name of a short story that (probably) appeared in a pulp horror collection from a good number of years back... Arid country, twin princes, Prince A locks B at bottom of a well, B escapes, pulls identifying tooth from (now king) A's mouth, locks A at bottom of well. [more inside]
posted by RolandOfEld on Oct 20, 2010 - 4 answers

In search of intertwined short stories

ISO collections of intertwined short stories. [more inside]
posted by ClaudiaCenter on Aug 30, 2010 - 27 answers

What was the best short story you read in the last 10 years?

What is the single best short story you've read in the last ten years? Preferrably published in the last ten years, bonus points if the writer is doing something innovative or exciting. [more inside]
posted by surenoproblem on Aug 28, 2010 - 58 answers

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