English’s story excavates the chasm that exists between two halves of a couple, a gulf that is exposed by the death of the pair’s dog.
Barker’s psychologically tense story examines the price we pay for confronting our darkest fears.
In this chilly story, three men do battle for the soul of a fifteen-year-old film star.
31 Days of Stories 2022, Day 11: “Come and Get Your Ice Cream, Motherfuckers” by Francine Cunningham
An ice cream truck driver faces mental anguish resulting from his inability to escape the incessant jingle of his vehicle’s music.
In a prelude to his iconic novel, Bowles offers up a tale of a hubristic
American academic who has the tables turned on him during a trip to North Africa.
In Friedman’s story, family secrets, like orchids, flourish in darkness.
31 Days of Stories 2022, Day 8: “A Survey of Recent American Happenings Told Through Six Commercials for the Tennyson Clearjet Premium Touchless Bidet” by Omar El Akkad
In a brief and barbed satire, Giller winner Omar El Akkad links our current geopolitical malaise with the capitalist impulse to sell stuff.
The author of Little Women was also an aficionado of “blood and thunder,” a mode represented in this story about grave robbing and its attendant consequences.
Pirandello’s story takes up the writer and dramatist’s great theme: the instability of identity and the untrustworthy nature of physical reality.
Lahiri’s story excavates the emotional toll on a woman who is carrying on an affair with a married man.