Home Stories Classic Short Stories

Classic Short Stories

Classic Short Stories

Herbert George Wells – The Magic Shop

I had seen the Magic Shop from afar several times; I had passed it once or twice, a shop window of alluring little objects,...

Robert E. Howard – The One Black Stain

They carried him out on the barren sand where the rebel captains died; Where the grim gray rotting gibbets stand as Magellan reared them on the strand, And...

Lord Dunsany – The Bureau d’Echange de Maux

I often think of the Bureau d'Echange de Maux and the wondrously evil old man that sate therein. It stood in a little street...

Jorge Luis Borges – Borges and me

To the other, to Borges, it is to whom things happen. I walk through Buenos Aires and take long hours, even already mechanically, to...

Sherwood Anderson – Respectability. Wash Williams

IF you have lived in cities and have walked in the park on a summer afternoon, you have perhaps seen, blinking in a...

The Watering Place

Like all seaside towns it was pervaded by the smell of fish. The toy shops were full of shells, varnished, hard yet fragile....

The Outsider

  That night the Baron dreamt of many a woe;And all his warrior-guests, with shade and formOf witch, and demon, and large coffin-worm,Were long...

Seumas O’Kelly – Billy the Clown

It came to pass that one day The Golden Barque was transformed into a temporary work-boat. The Boss. Hike, Calcutta, and the pock-marked man...

Oscar Wilde – The Nightingale and the Rose

'She said that she would dance with me if I brought her red roses,' cried the young Student; 'but in all my garden...

Francis Scott Fitzgerald – Financing Finnegan

  Finnegan and I have the same literary agent to sell our writings for us--but though I'd often been in Mr. Cannon's office just...

POPULAR

Caroline Smith – The Immigration Handbook

Caroline Smith (Orbis 176) is delving here beneath the morass of statistics and forms to uncover the real lives, circumstances, memories and emotions of...