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Secrets & Surprises

by Ann Beattie

These fifteen stories by Ann Beattie garnered universal critical acclaim on their first publication, earning Beattie the reputation as the most celebrated new voice in American fiction. Today these stories --...


What Salmon Know

by Elwood Reid

Compared by critics to such masterful storytellers as Raymond Carver, Rick Bass, and Thom Jones, Elwood Reid, author of the acclaimed novel If I Don't Six, signals a powerful presence on the American literary...


Shooting the Fox

by Marion Halligan

On love and loss, sex and death, food and gardening ... a new collection by Australia's most assured short-story writer.


The Last of the Menu Girls

by Denise Chavez

Rocío Esquibel is a girl growing up in a Southern New Mexico town with her mother and sister. She defines her neighborhood by its trees—the willow, the apricot and the one they call the marking-off tree....


Free: Short Stories

by Anika Nailah

In spare, elegant stories reminiscent of the writings of Harlem Renaissance writer Dorothy West, Anika Nailah illuminates the emotional, spiritual, and social realities that shape–and sometimes destroy–the...


Elementals: Stories of Fire and Ice

by A.S. Byatt

From the booker Prize-winning author of Possession comes this richly imaginitive story collection that transports the reader to a world where opposites--passion and loneliness, betrayal and loyalty, fire and...


Voices from the Other World: Ancient Egyptian Tales

by Naguib Mahfouz

Nobel laureate Naguib Mahfouz reaches back millennia to his homeland’s majestic past in this enchanting collection of early tales that brings the world of ancient Egypt face to face with our own times.

From...


Whispers from Behind the Cellar Door: Twelve Terrifying Tales to Take You Into the Night

by Alex Woolf

Tales to send chills down your spine, raise goosebumps and stand your hair on end. Tales to terrify and disturb, to intrigue and unsettle. Fans of horror and the supernatural will relish this collection of original...


The Steel Kiss: Tales of Love, Obsession, Madness and Deceit

by Alex Woolf

Each of these nine stories explores a symptom of that pathology we call love. We meet a volatile woman whose husband betrays her once too often; a man who takes advantage of an amnesiac girl; a woman prepared...


Life Happens

by Jackie Swift

Life Happens is a collection of short fiction written over the last twenty-five years, including the award winning Walking and Life, the Universe and Cancerous Things. Reach inside for stories of love, loss,...


Farce Forward - Volume 2

by Merv Lambert

An ex-colleague, a school librarian, once told me, much to my surprise, that quite a lot of children came into the library at lunch-time to read plays, but that there were not so many available. I therefore...


Most Wanted: Street Stories from the Caribbean

by Christborne Shillingford

Introducing the Caribbean's very own - and very amateur - private detective and his tussles with the drug dealers, cops, Rastamen, ghosts, girlfriends and dogs who cross his path. These short stories are from...


It Falls Into Place

by Phyllis Shand Allfrey

These short stories bring together for the first time the shorter fiction of Phyllis Shand Allfrey, whose novel The Orchid House is a classic of Caribbean fiction. Set in Dominica, New York and London, the stories...


The English Stories

by Cynthia Flood

A collection of short stories about a Canadian adolescent coming of age in England.


Season of the Macabre

by Damien Kelly & Patricia Terry

By Damien Kelly - winner of the Octocon 2011 Short Story competition (with "Intervention Paradox").

- A frightened child, turning to the only person who can save him.

- A prison full of vicious inmates, generously...


In the Spirit of McPhineas Lata and Other Stories

by Lauri Kubuitsile

In many of these stories, there is as sense that things are not as they seem: a woman’s husband-to-be has a questionable past and a voluptuous stranger’s beauty belies her malevolence. Characters are shaped...


The Plum Rains and Other Stories

by Givens John

Japan. The last decade of the 17th century. Men who lived by the sword find themselves cut adrift while women begin to confront new threats and opportunities. The austere demands of the haikai poet are no match...


The Trouble I've Seen

by Martha Gellhorn & Caroline Moorehead

These four interlinked stories encapsulate Martha Gellhorn’s firsthand observation of the Great Depression. Fiction crafted with documentary accuracy, they vividly render the gradual spiritual collapse of...


Crash Diet

by Jill McCorkle

Here, from the remarkable novelist who wrote Ferris Beach, Tending to Virginia, July 7th, and The Cheer Leader, is Jill McCorkle's first book of short fiction. These eleven sparkling, uninhibited stories address...


Creatures of Habit

by Jill McCorkle

Jill McCorkle's new collection of twelve short stories is peopled with characters brilliantly like us-flawed, clueless, endearing. These stories are also animaled with all manner of mammal, bird, fish, reptile-also...