Short Stories All the Time

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I was stopped in my thirteen-year old tracks when I read Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery," back in the early 1970s, enthralled with the power of a short story's ability to put on the page some of the mystery that is humankind.

Nearly 600 stories are reviewed here.

I write short stories and have a creative writing prompt book, READY, SET, GO WRITE! 1st edition at iBookstore and 2nd edition at Amazon for the Kindle.

I also make short video fiction pieces, "Lemon Cookies," "Stories," and "When."

Feb 8, 2013

Mary Gaitskill, "The Other Place"

"The Other Place" is told in 1st person point-of-view. The story is about the potential for evil in people. The narrator / father recalls his experiences as a young man when he had very dark thoughts; he wanted to hurt women. The story moves back and forth in time in many space separated scenes.

The story was first published in The New Yorker and subsequently selected for inclusion in The Best American Short Stories, 2012. 

LINKS:
Wikipedia page about Mary Gaitskill
Mary Gaitskill's web page