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Knockemstiff

PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize 2009

by Donald Ray Pollock

In this unforgettable work of fiction, Donald Ray Pollock peers into the soul of a tough Midwestern American town to reveal the sad, stunted but resilient lives of its residents. Knockemstiff is a genuine entry...


The View from the Seventh Layer: Stories

by Kevin Brockmeier

Peering into the often unnoticed corners of life, Kevin Brockmeier has been consistently praised for the originality of his vision, the boundlessness of his imagination and the command of his craft. Once again,...


Metamorphosis and Other Stories: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

by Franz Kafka & Michael Hofmann

This collection of new translations brings together the small proportion of Kafka’s works that he thought worthy of publication. It includes Metamorphosis, his most famous work, an exploration of horrific...


Wishing on a Star

by Christina Jones, Bill Kitson & Caroline Dunford

Christmas comes but once a year … so get into the mood with this fantastic feast of festive tales from Accent Press!

With some brilliant short stories from best-selling authors, there’s something for everyone:...


Tales of Thubway Tham

by Johnston McCulley & John Betancourt

Thubway Tham is a small, short-tempered gnome of a man, a professional pickpocket with an annoying lisp. But he is no mere thief . . . he is the king of his chosen profession, a master "dip" who works only in...


The Redheaded Outfield: And Other Baseball Stories

by Zane Grey

Though Zane Grey is best remembered as one of the most renowned writers of Western fiction, he also had an abiding interest in baseball rooted in his own stint as a baseball player for the University of Pennsylvania....


Dangerous Laughter

by Steven Millhauser

Thirteen darkly comic stories, Dangerous Laughter is a mesmerizing journey that stretches the boundaries of the ordinary world.

From the Trade Paperback edition.


Moral Disorder: and Other Stories

by Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood’s latest brilliant collection of short stories follows the life of a single character, seen as a girl growing up the 1930s, a young woman in the 50s and 60s, and, in the present day, half of...


You Must Be This Happy to Enter

by Elizabeth Crane

Denial, God, dystopia, academia, and reality TV collide in acclaimed author Crane's third story collection.


Trick or Threat

by Andrea Frazer

The Rev. Goodfellow pays a visit to Lady Amanda Golightly at Belchester Towers, upset by the trick-or-treat antics of some local youths who are apparently using this innocent Hallowe'en pastime as a means of...


Get Down

by Asali Solomon

Asali Solomon's characters are vivid misfits--a heathen at Jesus camp, a scheming prep-school student, a middle-aged mom pining for her salsa-dancing salad days, a scheming twentysomething virgin, a college...


Shiver: a Halloween short story collection

by Andrea Frazer, Bill Kitson & Caroline Dunford

A selection of spooky, scintillating, and scary stories from some of Accent Press's best-loved authors. Featuring gruesome crime from Bill Kitson and Andrea Frazer, a frighteningly modern fairy tale from Helena...


Crucial Instances

by Edith Wharton

Though best known for having written novels such as The Age of Innocence and The House of Mirth, American author Edith Wharton was also a master of the short story format. Regarded by many critics as her most...


The Skull

by Philip K. Dick

Travel backward and forward in time -- literally -- in this thought-provoking tale from science fiction master Philip K. Dick. A prisoner is given the opportunity to regain his freedom if he accepts a dangerous...


Mr. Spaceship

by Philip K. Dick

Imagine an advanced spacecraft powered by the human brain. That's the remarkable technology at the heart of this fascinating short story by science fiction mastermind Philip K. Dick. A professor nearing the...


Second Variety

by Philip K. Dick

Influential American science fiction writer Philip K. Dick was fascinated by the idea of nuclear warfare and the dire aftermath of such an event. This scenario preoccupied Dick throughout much of his career...


The Defenders

by Philip K. Dick

Prolific science fiction writer Philip K. Dick penned hundreds of short stories, novels, and other pieces over the course of his career. "The Defenders" is a short but spellbinding tale that imagines a dystopian...


The Crystal Crypt

by Philip K. Dick

Immerse yourself in this gripping tale of interplanetary war from the mind of science fiction master Philip K. Dick. Set in the far-off future, this tale plays with several of the themes that show up time and...


White Nights: And Other Stories

by Fyodor Dostoyevsky & Constance Garnett

Although Russian fiction master Fyodor Dostoyevsky is best known for epic, sprawling novels that detail psychological and philosophical problems in minute detail, his more concise work is also remarkable in...


The Merry Men: And Other Tales & Fables

by Robert Louis Stevenson

Pining for a stiff dose of adventure? This collection of short tales from Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson is sure to quell your cravings. Brimming with tales of high-seas hijinks, intrepid explorers,...