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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...

Virginia Woolf – 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....

H.P. Lovecraft – 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...

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Massimo Carlotto – Nothing, nothing more in the world

Main character: a middle-aged mother. Secondary characters: her husband, her daughter. Location: a working-class neighborhood in Turin. Time: today. Massimo...