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The Best Short Story Collections Of All-Time

December 18, 2017
The Best Short Story Collections Of All Time

“What are the best Short Story Collections Of All-Time??” We looked at 382 of the top books, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 25 titles, all appearing on 3 or more “Best Short Story” book lists, are ranked below by how many times they appear. The remaining 350+ books, as well as the lists we used, are in alphabetical order on the bottom of the page.

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Top 25 Short Story Collections



25 .) 20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill

Lists It Appears On:

  • Av Club
  • Goodreads
  • Long Beach Public Library

“Imogene is young, beautiful . . . and dead, waiting in the Rosebud Theater one afternoon in 1945. . . .

Francis was human once, but now he’s an eight-foot-tall locust, and everyone in Calliphora will tremble when they hear him sing. . . .

John is locked in a basement stained with the blood of half a dozen murdered children, and an antique telephone, long since disconnected, rings at night with calls from the dead. . . .

Nolan knows but can never tell what really happened in the summer of ’77, when his idiot savant younger brother built a vast cardboard fort with secret doors leading into other worlds. . . .

The past isn’t dead. It isn’t even past. . . .”

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24 .) A Manual for Cleaning Women by Lucia Berlin

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Paste Magazine
  • Spectator

“A Manual for Cleaning Women compiles the best work of the legendary short-story writer Lucia Berlin. With the grit of Raymond Carver, the humor of Grace Paley, and a blend of wit and melancholy all her own, Berlin crafts miracles from the everyday, uncovering moments of grace in the Laundromats and halfway houses of the American Southwest, in the homes of the Bay Area upper class, among switchboard operators and struggling mothers, hitchhikers and bad Christians.

Readers will revel in this remarkable collection from a master of the form and wonder how they’d ever overlooked her in the first place.”

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23 .) Can’t And Won’t by Lydia Davis

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bust
  • Scottic Book Trust
  • Paste Magazine

“Her stories may be literal one-liners: the entirety of “”Bloomington”” reads, “”Now that I have been here for a little while, I can say with confidence that I have never been here before.”” Or they may be lengthier investigations of the havoc wreaked by the most mundane disruptions to routine: in “”A Small Story About a Small Box of Chocolates,”” a professor receives a gift of thirty-two small chocolates and is paralyzed by the multitude of options she imagines for their consumption. The stories may appear in the form of letters of complaint; they may be extracted from Flaubert’s correspondence; or they may be inspired by the author’s own dreams, or the dreams of friends.
What does not vary throughout Can’t and Won’t, Lydia Davis’s fifth collection of stories, is the power of her finely honed prose. Davis is sharply observant; she is wry or witty or poignant. Above all, she is refreshing. Davis writes with bracing candor and sly humor about the quotidian, revealing the mysterious, the foreign, the alienating, and the pleasurable within the predictable patterns of daily life.”

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22 .) Everything’s Eventual: 14 Dark Tales by Stephen King

Lists It Appears On:

  • Ranker
  • Goodreads
  • Listverse

“A collection of fourteen dark tales, Everything’s Eventual includes one O. Henry Prize winner, two other award winners, four stories published by The New Yorker, and “Riding the Bullet,” King’s original ebook, which attracted over half a million online readers and became the most famous short story of the decade.

Two of the stories, “The Little Sisters of Eluria” and “Everything’s Eventual” are closely related to the Dark Tower series. “Riding the Bullet,” is the story of Alan Parker, who’s hitchhiking to see his dying mother but takes the wrong ride, farther than he ever intended. In “Lunch at the Gotham Café,” a sparring couple’s contentious lunch turns very, very bloody when the maître d’ gets out of sorts. “1408,” the audio story in print for the first time, is about a successful writer whose specialty is “Ten Nights in Ten Haunted Graveyards” or “Ten Nights in Ten Haunted Houses,” and though Room 1408 at the Dolphin Hotel doesn’t kill him, he won’t be writing about ghosts anymore.”

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21 .) In the Country by Mia Alvar

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Knopf Doubleday
  • Paste Magazine

In these nine globe-trotting tales, Mia Alvar gives voice to the women and men of the Philippines and its diaspora. From teachers to housemaids, from mothers to sons, Alvar’s stories explore the universal experiences of loss, displacement, and the longing to connect across borders both real and imagined. In the Country speaks to the heart of everyone who has ever searched for a place to call home—and marks the arrival of a formidable new voice in literature.

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20 .) Jesus’ Son by Denis Johnson

Lists It Appears On:

  • Ranker
  • Cool Material
  • Publishers Weekly

Jesus’ Son is a visionary chronicle of dreamers, addicts, and lost souls. These stories tell of spiraling grief and transcendence, of rock bottom and redemption, of getting lost and found and lost again. The raw beauty and careening energy of Denis Johnson’s prose has earned this book a place among the classics of twentieth-century American literature.

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19 .) Night Shift by Stephen King

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Goodreads
  • Ranker

Night Shift—Stephen King’s first collection of stories—is an early showcase of the depths that King’s wicked imagination could plumb. In these 20 tales, we see mutated rats gone bad (“Graveyard Shift”); a cataclysmic virus that threatens humanity (“Night Surf,” the basis for The Stand); a smoker who will try anything to stop (“Quitters, Inc.”); a reclusive alcoholic who begins a gruesome transformation (“Gray Matter”); and many more. This is Stephen King at his horrifying best.

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18 .) Nine Stories by J.D. Salinger

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Huffington Post
  • Ranker

The Stories: A Perfect Day for Bananafish, Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut, Just Before the War with the Eskimos, The Laughing Man, Down at the Dinghy, For Esme — With Love and Squalor, Pretty Mouth and Green My Eyes, De Daumier-Smith’s Blue Period, and Teddy.

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17 .) No One Belongs Here More Than You by Miranda July

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bust
  • Ranker
  • Scottic Book Trust

Award-winning filmmaker and performing artist Miranda July brings her extraordinary talents to the page in a startling, sexy, and tender collection. In these stories, July gives the most seemingly insignificant moments a sly potency. A benign encounter, a misunderstanding, a shy revelation can reconfigure the world. Her characters engage awkwardly—they are sometimes too remote, sometimes too intimate. With great compassion and generosity, July reveals their idiosyncrasies and the odd logic and longing that govern their lives. No One Belongs Here More Than You is a stunning debut, the work of a writer with a spectacularly original and compelling voice.

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16 .) Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Goodreads
  • Scottic Book Trust

Stories of Your Life and Others delivers dual delights of the very, very strange and the heartbreakingly familiar, often presenting characters who must confront sudden change—the inevitable rise of automatons or the appearance of aliens—with some sense of normalcy. With sharp intelligence and humor, Chiang examines what it means to be alive in a world marked by uncertainty, but also by beauty and wonder. An award-winning collection from one of today’s most lauded writers, Stories of Your Life and Others is a contemporary classic.

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15 .) The Best American Short Stories (annual)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Acton Memorial Library
  • Long Beach Public Library
  • Acton Memorial Library

The Best American Short Stories 2017 casts a vote for and celebrates all that is our country. Here you’ll find a man with a boyfriend and a girlfriend, naval officers trapped on a submarine, a contestant on America’s Funniest Home Videos, and a gay man desperate to be a father—unforgettable characters waiting for an outcome, burning with stories to tell.

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14 .) The Lottery and Other Stories by Shirley Jackson

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Goodreads
  • Ranker

“One of the most terrifying stories of the twentieth century, Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” created a sensation when it was first published in The New Yorker in 1948. “”Power and haunting,”” and “”nights of unrest”” were typical reader responses. Today it is considered a classic work of short fiction, a story remarkable for its combination of subtle suspense and pitch-perfect descriptions of both the chilling and the mundane.

The Lottery and Other Stories, the only one to appear during Shirley Jackson’s lifetime, unites “”The Lottery”” with twenty-four equally unusual short stories. Together they demonstrate Jackson’s remarkable range — from the hilarious to the horrible, the unsettling to the ominous — and her power as a storyteller.”

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13 .) The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Bust
  • The Guardian

In these twelve dazzlng stories, the bestselling, award-winning Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie explores the ties that bind men and women, parents and children, Africa and the United States. Searing and profound, suffused with beauty, sorrow, and longing, these stories map, with Adichie’s signature emotional wisdom, the collision of two cultures and the deeply human struggle to reconcile them.

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12 .) Welcome to the Monkey House: A Collection of Short Works by Kurt Vonnegut

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Ranker
  • Long Beach Public Library

Welcome to the Monkey House is a collection of Kurt Vonnegut’s shorter works. Originally printed in publications as diverse as The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction and The Atlantic Monthly, these superb stories share Vonnegut’s audacious sense of humor and extraordinary range of creative vision.

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11 .) Drinking Coffee Elsewhere by ZZ Packer

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bust
  • Cool Material
  • Huffington Post
  • Ranker

Already an award-winning writer, ZZ Packer now shares with us her debut, Drinking Coffee Elsewhere. Her impressive range and talent are abundantly evident: Packer dazzles with her command of language, surprising and delighting us with unexpected turns and indelible images, as she takes us into the lives of characters on the periphery, unsure of where they belong. We meet a Brownie troop of black girls who are confronted with a troop of white girls; a young man who goes with his father to the Million Man March and must decides where his allegiance lies; an international group of drifters in Japan, who are starving, unable to find work; a girl in a Baltimore ghetto who has dreams of the larger world she has seen only on the screens in the television store nearby, where the Lithuanian shopkeeper holds out hope for attaining his own American Dream.

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10 .) Dubliners by James Joyce

Lists It Appears On:

  • Cool Material
  • Goodreads
  • Publishers Weekly
  • Ranker

James Joyce’s Dubliners is a vivid and unflinching portrait of “dear dirty Dublin” at the turn of the twentieth century. These fifteen stories, including such unforgettable ones as “Araby,” “Grace,” and “The Dead,” delve into the heart of the city of Joyce’s birth, capturing the cadences of Dubliners’ speech and portraying with an almost brute realism their outer and inner lives. Dubliners is Joyce at his most accessible and most profound, and this edition is the definitive text, authorized by the Joyce estate and collated from all known proofs, manuscripts, and impressions to reflect the author’s original wishes.

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9 .) Fortune Smiles by Adam Johnson

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Bookstr
  • Cool Material
  • Paste Magazine

“Throughout these six stories, Pulitzer Prize winner Adam Johnson delves deep into love and loss, natural disasters, the influence of technology, and how the political shapes the personal, giving voice to the perspectives we don’t often hear.

In “Nirvana,” a programmer whose wife has a rare disease finds solace in a digital simulacrum of the president of the United States. In “Hurricanes Anonymous,” a young man searches for the mother of his son in a Louisiana devastated by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. “George Orwell Was a Friend of Mine” follows a former warden of a Stasi prison in East Germany who vehemently denies his past, even as pieces of it are delivered in packages to his door. And in the unforgettable title story, Johnson returns to his signature subject, North Korea, depicting two defectors from Pyongyang who are trying to adapt to their new lives in Seoul, while one cannot forget the woman he left behind.”

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8 .) Get in Trouble by Kelly Link

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bustle
  • Goodreads
  • Paste Magazine
  • Book Riot

“She has been hailed by Michael Chabon as “the most darkly playful voice in American fiction” and by Neil Gaiman as “a national treasure.” Now Kelly Link’s eagerly awaited new collection—her first for adult readers in a decade—proves indelibly that this bewitchingly original writer is among the finest we have.

Link has won an ardent following for her ability, with each new short story, to take readers deeply into an unforgettable, brilliantly constructed fictional universe. The nine exquisite examples in this collection show her in full command of her formidable powers. In “The Summer People,” a young girl in rural North Carolina serves as uneasy caretaker to the mysterious, never-quite-glimpsed visitors who inhabit the cottage behind her house. In “I Can See Right Through You,” a middle-aged movie star makes a disturbing trip to the Florida swamp where his former on- and off-screen love interest is shooting a ghost-hunting reality show. In “The New Boyfriend,” a suburban slumber party takes an unusual turn, and a teenage friendship is tested, when the spoiled birthday girl opens her big present: a life-size animated doll.

Hurricanes, astronauts, evil twins, bootleggers, Ouija boards, iguanas, The Wizard of Oz, superheroes, the Pyramids . . . These are just some of the talismans of an imagination as capacious and as full of wonder as that of any writer today. But as fantastical as these stories can be, they are always grounded by sly humor and an innate generosity of feeling for the frailty—and the hidden strengths—of human beings. In Get in Trouble, this one-of-a-kind talent expands the boundaries of what short fiction can do.”

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7 .) Pastoralia by George Saunders

Lists It Appears On:

  • Av Club
  • Cool Material
  • Goodreads
  • Huffington Post

Hailed by Thomas Pynchon as “graceful, dark, authentic, and funny,” George Saunders gives us, in his inventive and beloved voice, this bestselling collection of stories set against a warped, hilarious, and terrifyingly recognizable American landscape.

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6 .) Runaway by Alice Munro

Lists It Appears On:

  • Av Club
  • Bustle
  • Cool Material
  • The Guardian

This acclaimed, bestselling collection also contains the celebrated stories that inspired the Pedro Almodóvar film Julieta. Runaway is a book of extraordinary stories about love and its infinite betrayals and surprises, from the title story about a young woman who, though she thinks she wants to, is incapable of leaving her husband, to three stories about a woman named Juliet and the emotions that complicate the luster of her intimate relationships. In Munro’s hands, the people she writes about–women of all ages and circumstances, and their friends, lovers, parents, and children–become as vivid as our own neighbors. It is her miraculous gift to make these stories as real and unforgettable as our own.

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5 .) Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders by Neil Gaiman

Lists It Appears On:

  • Av Club
  • Ranker
  • Scottic Book Trust
  • Book Riot
  • Goodreads

Fragile Things is a sterling collection of exceptional tales from Neil Gaiman, multiple award-winning (the Hugo, Bram Stoker, Newberry, and Eisner Awards, to name just a few), #1 New York Timesbestselling author of The Graveyard Book, Anansi Boys, Coraline, and the groundbreaking Sandman graphic novel series. A uniquely imaginative creator of wonders whose unique storytelling genius has been acclaimed by a host of literary luminaries from Norman Mailer to Stephen King, Gaiman’s astonishing powers are on glorious displays in Fragile Things. Enter and be amazed!

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4 .) Tenth of December by George Saunders

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bookstr
  • Goodreads
  • Ranker
  • Scottic Book Trust
  • The Guardian

“One of the most important and blazingly original writers of his generation, George Saunders is an undisputed master of the short story, and Tenth of December is his most honest, accessible, and moving collection yet.

In the taut opener, “Victory Lap,” a boy witnesses the attempted abduction of the girl next door and is faced with a harrowing choice: Does he ignore what he sees, or override years of smothering advice from his parents and act? In “Home,” a combat-damaged soldier moves back in with his mother and struggles to reconcile the world he left with the one to which he has returned. And in the title story, a stunning meditation on imagination, memory, and loss, a middle-aged cancer patient walks into the woods to commit suicide, only to encounter a troubled young boy who, over the course of a fateful morning, gives the dying man a final chance to recall who he really is. A hapless, deluded owner of an antiques store; two mothers struggling to do the right thing; a teenage girl whose idealism is challenged by a brutal brush with reality; a man tormented by a series of pharmaceutical experiments that force him to lust, to love, to kill—the unforgettable characters that populate the pages of Tenth of December are vividly and lovingly infused with Saunders’s signature blend of exuberant prose, deep humanity, and stylistic innovation.

Writing brilliantly and profoundly about class, sex, love, loss, work, despair, and war, Saunders cuts to the core of the contemporary experience. These stories take on the big questions and explore the fault lines of our own morality, delving into the questions of what makes us good and what makes us human.”

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3 .) Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Cool Material
  • Goodreads
  • Ranker
  • The Guardian
  • Long Beach Public Library

Navigating between the Indian traditions they’ve inherited and the baffling new world, the characters in Jhumpa Lahiri’s elegant, touching stories seek love beyond the barriers of culture and generations. In “A Temporary Matter,” published in The New Yorker, a young Indian-American couple faces the heartbreak of a stillborn birth while their Boston neighborhood copes with a nightly blackout. In the title story, an interpreter guides an American family through the India of their ancestors and hears an astonishing confession. Lahiri writes with deft cultural insight reminiscent of Anita Desai and a nuanced depth that recalls Mavis Gallant. She is an important and powerful new voice.

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2 .) What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Bustle
  • Cool Material
  • Goodreads
  • Knopf Doubleday
  • Ranker

In his second collection, including the iconic and much-referenced title story featured in the Academy Award-winning film Birdman, Carver establishes his reputation as one of the most celebrated short-story writers in American literature—a haunting meditation on love, loss, and companionship, and finding one’s way through the dark.

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1 .) This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bookstr
  • Book Riot
  • Bustle
  • Cool Material
  • Goodreads
  • Huffington Post
  • Ranker
  • Scottic Book Trust

“From the award-winning author, a stunning collection that celebrates the haunting, impossible power of love.

On a beach in the Dominican Republic, a doomed relationship flounders. In a New Jersey laundry room, a woman does her lover’s washing and thinks about his wife. In Boston, a man buys his love child, his only son, a first baseball bat and glove. At the heart of these stories is the irrepressible, irresistible Yunior, a young hardhead whose longing for love is equaled only by his recklessness–and by the extraordinary women he loves and loses.”

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The 350+ Additional Short Story Books



 

# Books Authors Lists
(Titles Appear On 2 Lists Each)
26 A Good Man is Hard to Find and Other Stories Flannery O’Connor Goodreads
Ranker
27 After the Quake Haruki Murakami Book Riot
Cool Material
28 American Housewife Helen Ellis Book Riot
Knopf Doubleday
29 At the Mouth of the River of Bees: Stories Kij Johnson Book Riot
Goodreads
30 Because They Wanted To Mary Gaitskill Book Riot
Publishers Weekly
31 Dark Lies the Island Kevin Barry Book Riot
Scottic Book Trust
32 Dear Life Alice Munro
Knopf Doubleday
Goodreads
33 Drown Junot Díaz Goodreads
Ranker
34 Ficciones Jorge Luis Borges Goodreads
Ranker
35 Girl Boy Etc Michael Weinreb
Long Beach Public Library
Ranker
36 Going to Meet the Man James Baldwin
Publishers Weekly
Ranker
37 Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage Alice Munro
Long Beach Public Library
Scottic Book Trust
38 How to Escape from a Leper Colony Tiphanie Yanique Book Riot
The Daily Beast
39 I Am An Executioner: Love Stories Rajesh Parameswaran
Cool Material
Scottic Book Trust
40 Just After Sunset Stephen King Goodreads
Long Beach Public Library
41 Labyrinths: Selected Stories and Other Writings Jorge Luis Borges Book Riot
Goodreads
42 Leaving the Sea Ben Marcus Book Riot
Scottic Book Trust
43 Magic For Beginners Kelly Link Av Club
Goodreads
44 Moral Disorder and Other Stories Margaret Atwood Book Riot
Long Beach Public Library
45 Nightmares and Dreamscapes Stephen King Goodreads
Listverse
46 Public Library Ali Smith
Knopf Doubleday
Spectator
47 Redeployment Phil Klay Goodreads
Scottic Book Trust
48 St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised Karen Russell Goodreads
Book Riot
49 Stone Mattress: Nine Tales Margaret Atwood Bustle
Goodreads
50 The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Arthur Conan Doyle Goodreads
Long Beach Public Library
51 The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories Angela Carter Book Riot
Goodreads
52 The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway Ernest Hemingway
Cool Material
Ranker
53 The Complete Stories Franz Kafka
Cool Material
Publishers Weekly
54 The Garden Party and Other Stories Katharine Mansfield Book Riot
The Guardian
55 The Illustrated Man Ray Bradbury Book Riot
Goodreads
56 The Martian Chronicles Ray Bradbury Goodreads
Ranker
57 The O. Henry Prize Stories. SS Prize (annual) Laura Furman
Knopf Doubleday
Long Beach Public Library
58 The Tsar of Love and Techno Anthony Marra Book Riot
Paste Magazine
59 There’s Something I Want You to Do Charles Baxter Book Riot
Bookstr
60 This isn’t the Sort of Thing That Happens to Someone Like You Jon McGregor
Scottic Book Trust
The Guardian
61 Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances Neil Gaiman Bustle
Goodreads
62 Vampires in the Lemon Grove Karen Russell Bookstr
Goodreads
63 What is Not Yours Is Not Yours Helen Oyeyemi Book Riot
Goodreads
64 You Are Not a Stranger Here Adam Haslett
Huffington Post
Knopf Doubleday
(Titles Appear On 1 Lists Each)
65
100 years of the best American short stories
Acton Memorial Library
66
20 under 40: stories from The New Yorker
Acton Memorial Library
67
50 Great Christmas Stories, Poems, and Books
American Literature
68 50 Great Short Stories. SS Fifty
Long Beach Public Library
69
999: new stories of horror and suspense
Acton Memorial Library
70 A Better Angel Chris Adrian Book Riot
71
A Century of Great Western Stories. WES
Long Beach Public Library
72 A Hand Reached Down to Guide Me Spectator
73
A Prisoner of Memory: And 24 of the Year’s Finest Crime and Mystery Stories. MYS
Long Beach Public Library
74 A Safe Girl to Love Casey Plett Bust
75 A Taste of Honey Jabari Asim
The Daily Beast
76 A Treasury of Short Stories: Favorities of the Past Hundred Years from Turgenev to Thurber, from Balzac to Hemingway Bernardine Kielty
Long Beach Public Library
77
A Walk in My World: International Short Stories about Youth
Long Beach Public Library
78
Adaptations: From Short Story to Big Screen: 35 Great Stories That Have Inspired Great Films
Long Beach Public Library
79 Almost Famous Women Megan Mayhew Bergman Bustle
80 Alone With The Horrors Ramsey Campbell Listverse
81 Alone With You Marisa Silver
The Daily Beast
82
American fantastic tales: terror and the uncanny
Acton Memorial Library
83 Amor and Psycho Carolyn Cooke Book Riot
84 Ancient, Ancient Kiini Ibura Salaam Book Riot
85
Angels and Awakenings: Stories of the Miraculous by Great Modern Writers
Long Beach Public Library
86 Anthropology Dan Rhodes
Scottic Book Trust
87 Arranged Marriage: Stories Chitra Divakaruni
Long Beach Public Library
88 Ayiti Roxane Gay Book Riot
89 Bagombo Snuff Box: Uncollected Short Fiction Kurt Vonnegut Book Riot
90 Barbara the Slut and Other People Lauren Holmes Bust
91 Bark Lorrie Moore Bookstr
92 Battleborn Claire Vaye Watkins Book Riot
93
Beautiful as the Moon, Radiant as the Stars: Jewish Women in Yiddish Stories: An Anthology
Long Beach Public Library
94 Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self Danielle Evans Bust
95
Best of the South: From the Second Decade of New Stories from the South
Long Beach Public Library
96 Binocular Vision Edith Pearlman Book Riot
97 Birds of America Lorrie Moore Book Riot
98 Bits of Paradise: 21 Uncollected Stories by F F Fitzgerald
Long Beach Public Library
99 Blasphemy Sherman Alexie Book Riot
100 Bloodchild and Other Stories Octavia Butler Book Riot
101 Bobcat and Other Stories Rebecca Lee Book Riot
102 Books of Blood, Volumes 1-3 Clive Barker Listverse
103 Brief Interviews with Hideous Men David Foster Wallace Ranker
104 Brooklyn Noir. MYS
Long Beach Public Library
105 Brownsville Oscar Casares Book Riot
106 Burning Bright Ron Rash Book Riot
107 Cat o’ Nine Tales: And Other Stories Jeffrey Archer
Long Beach Public Library
108 Chelsea Girls Eileen Myles Bust
109 Chicago Blues
Long Beach Public Library
110 Cities I Never Lived In Sara Majka Book Riot
111 Civilwarland in Bad Decline George Saunders Book Riot
112
Classic Yiddish Stories of S. Y. Abramovitsh, Sholem Aleichem, and I. L. Peretz
Long Beach Public Library
113 Collected stories of Wallace Stegne Wallace Stegner Ranker
114 Complete Stories Henry James
Long Beach Public Library
115 Coronado: Stories Dennis Lehane
Long Beach Public Library
116 Cowboys Are My Weakness Pam Houston Book Riot
117 Cries For Help, Various Padgett Powell
Paste Magazine
118 Crow Fair Thomas McGuane Book Riot
119
Death Dines at 8:30: A Short Story Anthology. MYS
Long Beach Public Library
120 Delicate Edible Birds by Lauren Groff Book Riot
121 Different Seasons Stephen King Goodreads
122 Difficult Loves Italo Calvino Book Riot
123 Dog Run Moon Callan Wink Book Riot
124 Don’t Look Now Daphne du Maurier Ranker
125
Dreaming Again: Thirty-Five New Stories Celebrating the Wild Side of Australian Fiction
Long Beach Public Library
126 East, West Salman Rushdie Book Riot
127
Ebony Rising: Short Fiction of the Greater Harlem Renaissance Era
Long Beach Public Library
128
Eclipse One: New Science Fiction and Fantasy. SF
Long Beach Public Library
129 Enormous Changes at the Last Moment Grace Paley Book Riot
130 Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned Wells Tower Book Riot
131 Everything That Rises Must Converge Flannery O’Connor Book Riot
132
Facing the Holocaust: Selected Israeli Fiction
Long Beach Public Library
133
Fall of poppies: stories of love and the Great War
Acton Memorial Library
134 Falling In Love With Hominids Nalo Hopkinson Book Riot
135 Family Furnishings Alice Munro Book Riot
136 Favorite Chekhov Short Stories – Volume I Anton Chekhov
American Literature
137 Favorite Chekhov Short Stories – Volume II Anton Chekhov
American Literature
138 Favorite Short Stories by H.H. Munro H.H. Munro (aka SAKI)
American Literature
139 Favorite Short Stories from Bret Harte Bret Harte
American Literature
140 Favorite Short Stories from Jack London Jack London
American Literature
141 Favorite Short Stories from Mark Twain Mark Twain
American Literature
142 Favorite Short Stories from Mary E. Wilkins Freeman Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
American Literature
143 Final Reckonings Robert Bloch Listverse
144 Forty stories Anton Chekhov Ranker
145 Four Past Midnight Stephen King Goodreads
146 Full Dark, No Stars Stephen King Goodreads
147 Furnace Wayne Price
Scottic Book Trust
148 Further Adventures in the Restless Universe Dawn Raffel
The Daily Beast
149 Ghost Summer Tananarive Due Book Riot
150 Ghostly: a collection of ghost stories
Acton Memorial Library
151 Ghosts and Grisly Things Ramsey Campbell
Long Beach Public Library
152 Girls’ Night Out
Long Beach Public Library
153 Goodbye, Columbus Philip Roth Ranker
154
Great Stories of the American West II. WES
Long Beach Public Library
155 Gut Shot Amelia Gray Book Riot
156 Hardly Knew Her: Stories Laura Lippman
Long Beach Public Library
157 High Lonesome Joyce Carol Oates Book Riot
158 Honeydew Edith Pearlman Bookstr
159 How This Night is Different Elisa Albert Bust
160 How to be Both Spectator
161 How to Leave Hialeah Jennine Capó Crucet Book Riot
162 How We Are Hungry Dave Eggers
Scottic Book Trust
163 Hundreds of Great Ghost Stories
American Literature
164
Hundreds of great stories, fables, fairy tales, & nursery rhymes
American Literature
165 I, Robot Isaac Asimov Goodreads
166 If I Loved You, I Would Tell You This Robin Black
The Daily Beast
167 In Cuba I Was a German Shepherd Ana Menéndez Book Riot
168 In Our Time Ernest Hemingway Ranker
169 In The Garden Of The North American Martyrs Tobias Wolff Ranker
170 Indigo Satyajit Ray Book Riot
171
Inferno: New Tales of Terror and the Supernatural
Long Beach Public Library
172 Irish Girls Are Back in Town
Long Beach Public Library
173 Kate Chopin’s Best Short Stories Kate Chopin
American Literature
174 Krik? Krak! Edwidge Danticat
Long Beach Public Library
175 Lady with the Dog and Other Stories Anton Chekov Book Riot
176 Leaf Storm Gabriel García Márquez Ranker
177
Legal Fictions: Short Stories about Lawyers and the Law
Long Beach Public Library
178 Little Black Book of Stories A.S. Byatt Book Riot
179 Lost in the Funhouse John Barth Ranker
180 Love is Power, Or Something Like That A. Igoni Barrett
Publishers Weekly
181 Lovers on All Saints’ Day Juan Gabriel Vasquez Book Riot
182
Masterpieces of Terror and the Unknown
Long Beach Public Library
183 Miguel Street V.S. Naipaul Book Riot
184 Miss Marple: The Complete Short Stories Agatha Christie
Long Beach Public Library
185
Mixed: An Anthology of Short Fiction on the Multiracial Experience
Long Beach Public Library
186 Monday or Tuesday Virginia Woolf Book Riot
187 Monstress Lysley Tenorio Book Riot
188
More Stories We Tell: The Best Contemporary Short Stories by North American Women
Long Beach Public Library
189 Mothers, Tell Your Daughters Bonnie Jo Campbell
Paste Magazine
190 Murder Is My Business. MYS
Long Beach Public Library
191 My Father’s Tears And Other Stories John Updike Av Club
192 My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories Stephanie Perkins Goodreads
193
Mystery Writers of America presents The blue religion : new stories about cops, criminals, and the chase
Acton Memorial Library
194
Mystery Writers of America presents the prosecution rests: new stories about courtrooms, criminals, and the law
Acton Memorial Library
195
Mystery Writers of America presents vengeance
Acton Memorial Library
196 n Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge and Other Stories Ambrose Bierce Listverse
197 Naked David Sedaris Ranker
198
Nebula Awards Showcase. SF (annual)
Long Beach Public Library
199 New and Selected Stories Alan Sillitoe
Long Beach Public Library
200 Night at the Fiestas Kirstin Valdez Quade
Paste Magazine
201 Night Shade: Gothic Stories by Women
Long Beach Public Library
202 Nightmare at 20,000 Feet: Horror Stories Richard Matheson Listverse
203 Nightscape David Morrell
Long Beach Public Library
204 Nine Favorite Short Stories Edgar Allan Poe
American Literature
205 Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall Kazuo Ishiguro Goodreads
206 Nora Jane: A Life in Stories Ellen Gilchrist
Long Beach Public Library
207 Norse Mythology Neil Gaiman Goodreads
208 North American Lake Monsters Nathan Ballingrud Book Riot
209 Not the End of the World Kate Atkinson
Scottic Book Trust
210
Nothing but you: love stories from the New Yorker
Acton Memorial Library
211 Notwithstanding Louis de Bernières
Knopf Doubleday
212 Novelties & Souvenirs John Crowley Av Club
213 Oblivion David Foster Wallace Book Riot
214 Olive Kitteridge Elizabeth Strout
Huffington Post
215 On the Way Cyn Vargas Bustle
216 One More Thing B.J. Novak
Paste Magazine
217 Oye What I’m Gonna Tell You Cecilia Rodriguez Milanes Book Riot
218 Pale Horse, Pale Rider Katherine Anne Porter Book Riot
219
Paper Cities: An Anthology of Urban Fantasy. SF
Long Beach Public Library
220 Paper Lantern: Love Stories Stuart Dybek Bookstr
221 Paradise Elsewhere Kathy Page Book Riot
222
Passport to Crime: The Finest Mystery Stories from International Crime Writers. MYS
Long Beach Public Library
223 Peace in the House: Tales from a Yiddish Kitchen Faye Moskowitz
Long Beach Public Library
224 Peaceable Kingdom Jack Ketchum Listverse
225
Poe’s children: the new horror: an anthology
Acton Memorial Library
226 Portraits of the Few People I’ve Made Cry Christine Sneed Bustle
227 Presence: Stories Arthur Miller
Long Beach Public Library
228 Pulse Julian Barnes
The Guardian
229 Raymond Chandler: Collected Stories Raymond Chandler
Long Beach Public Library
230 Revenge: Eleven Dark Tales Yoko Ogawa Book Riot
231 Rogues George R.R. Martin Goodreads
232 Science fiction hall of fame
Acton Memorial Library
233 Seasonal Velocities Ryka Aoki Bust
234
Selected Shorts: A Celebration of the Short Story: Family Matters (CD)
Long Beach Public Library
235 Selected Stories Charles Beaumont Listverse
236 Selected Stories Alice Munro
Publishers Weekly
237 Self-Help Lorrie Moore
Huffington Post
238 Shakespeare’s Kitchen Lore Segal Av Club
239 Shivers III
Long Beach Public Library
240
Sholem Aleichem. Some Laughter, Some Tears: Tales from the Old World and the New. SS Aleichem
Long Beach Public Library
241
Short Shorts: An Anthology of the Shortest Stories
Long Beach Public Library
242 Short Stories Langston Hughes
Long Beach Public Library
243
Short Stories by Latin American Women: The Magic and the Real
Long Beach Public Library
244 Skeleton Crew Stephen King Goodreads
245 Smoke and Mirrors: Short Fiction and Illusions Neil Gaiman Goodreads
246
Speaking with the Angel: Original Stories
Long Beach Public Library
247 Spectacle Susan Steinberg Book Riot
248
Spooky Tales Inspired by Real Ghost Stories
Ranker
249 Starting Over Elizabeth Spencer
Huffington Post
250 Stories from Other Places Spectator
251
Sudden fiction international: sixty short-short stories
Acton Memorial Library
252 Summer Morning Ray Bradbury
Long Beach Public Library
253 T.C. Boyle Stories T.C. Boyle
Cool Material
254 Tales of the Jazz Age F. Scott Fitzgerald Ranker
255 Tales of the Out & Gone Amiri Baraka
Long Beach Public Library
256 Ten Favorite Short Stories O. Henry
American Literature
257 Ten Favorite Short Stories W.W. Jacobs
American Literature
258 That Glimpse of Truth David Miller
The Guardian
259
The American short story: a collection of the best known and most memorable short stories by the great American authors
Acton Memorial Library
260
The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories
Long Beach Public Library
261 The Annotated Baseball Stories of Ring W. Lander Ring Lardner
Long Beach Public Library
262
The art of the story: an international anthology of contemporary short stories
Acton Memorial Library
263 The Barrens and Others F. Paul Wilson Book Riot
264 The Bazaar of Bad Dreams Stephen King Goodreads
265 The Beautiful Indifference Sarah J. E. Hall
Scottic Book Trust
266
The Best American short stories of the eighties
Acton Memorial Library
267 The best of McSweeney’s
Acton Memorial Library
268
The best of the best. Volume 2, 20 years of the best short science fiction novels
Acton Memorial Library
269 The Birthday of the World Ursula K. Le Guin Book Riot
270
The Black Lizard big book of locked-room mysteries: the most complete collection of impossible crime stories ever assembled
Acton Memorial Library
271 The Boat Nam Le Book Riot
272 The Collected Short Stories of Louis L’Amour (5 vols Louis L’Amour
Long Beach Public Library
273 The Collected Stories Lydia Davis
Publishers Weekly
274 The Collected Stories Katherine MAnsfield Ranker
275 The Collected Stories Lorrie Moore
The Guardian
276 The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty Eudora Welty
Long Beach Public Library
277 The Collected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter Katherine Anne Porter Ranker
278 The complete poems and stories of Edgar Allan Poe Edgar Allan Poe Ranker
279 The Complete Short Stories H.G. Wells
Long Beach Public Library
280 The Complete Stories Flannery O’Connor
Cool Material
281 The Complete Works Isaac Babel
Publishers Weekly
282 The Dark Side of Guy de Maupassant: A Selection and Translation Guy de Maupassant
Long Beach Public Library
283 The Dream Life of Astronauts Patrick Ryan Book Riot
284 The Elephant Vanishes Haruki Murakami Goodreads
285 The Essential Tales of Chekhov Anton Chekhov
Long Beach Public Library
286 The Female of the Species: Tales of Mystery and Suspense Joyce Carol Oates Ranker
287 The Frangipani Hotel Violet Kupersmith Book Riot
288
The Giant Book of Scottish Short Stories
Long Beach Public Library
289 The Girl in the Flammable Skirt Aimee Bender Book Riot
290 The Great Frustration Seth Fried Book Riot
291 The Great Short Works Leo Tolstoy
Publishers Weekly
292 The Heaven of Animals David James Poissant
Huffington Post
293
The Horror Writers Association presents Blood lite: an anthology of humorous horror stories
Acton Memorial Library
294 The Ladies of Grace Adieu Susanna Clarke Ranker
295 The Life to Come and Other Stories E. M. Forster Ranker
296 The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven Sherman Alexie Goodreads
297 The Loss of All Lost Things Amina Gautier Book Riot
298 The Love Object Edna O’Brien Book Riot
299 The Magic of Blood Dagoberto Gilb Book Riot
300
The Mammoth Book of Lesbian Short Stories
Long Beach Public Library
301 The Mammoth Book of Zombies
Long Beach Public Library
302 The Metamorphosis and Other Stories Franz Kafka Book Riot
303 The Monkey’s Paw Kate Chopin
American Literature
304 The most of P.G. Wodehouse P. G. Wodehouse Ranker
305
The New Mystery: The International Association of Crime Writers’ Essential Crime Writing of the Late 20th Century. MYS
Long Beach Public Library
306 The New Space Opera. SF
Long Beach Public Library
307 The Night in Question Tobias Wolff Ranker
308
The Norton Book of Science Fiction: North American Science Fiction, 1960-1990. SF
Long Beach Public Library
309
The Oxford Book of American Detective Stories. MYS
Long Beach Public Library
310
The Oxford book of American short stories
Acton Memorial Library
311
The Oxford book of English short stories
Acton Memorial Library
312 The Oxford book of Jewish stories
Acton Memorial Library
313
The Oxford book of modern women’s stories
Acton Memorial Library
314 The Oxford Book of Travel Stories
Long Beach Public Library
315 The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories Ken Liu Goodreads
316 The Penguin book of Irish Fiction
Acton Memorial Library
317
The Penguin Book of Jewish Short Stories
Long Beach Public Library
318 The People on Privilege Hill: And Other Stories Jane Gardam
Long Beach Public Library
319 The Pier Falls and Other Stories Mark Haddon Book Riot
320
The Pushcart Book of Short Stories: The Best Short Stories from a Quarter-Century of the Pushcart Prize
Long Beach Public Library
321 The Red Convertible Louise Erdrich Book Riot
322 The Rental Heart and Other Fairytales Kirsty Logan
Scottic Book Trust
323 The Return Journey Maeve Binchy
Long Beach Public Library
324 The Safety of Objects A.M. Homes Book Riot
325 The Secret Goldfish David Means Ranker
326 The Southern Cross Skip Horack Book Riot
327 The Stone Thrower Adam Marek
Scottic Book Trust
328
The Storytellers’ Collection: Tales of Faraway Places
Long Beach Public Library
329
The Student Body: Short Stories about College Students and Professors
Long Beach Public Library
330
The Subway Chronicles: Scenes from Life in New York
Long Beach Public Library
331 The Tales of Beedle the Bard J.K. Rowling Goodreads
332 The Temple of Air Patricia Ann McNair Bustle
333 The Things They Carried Tim O’Brien Book Riot
334 The Triumph of the Egg Sherwood Anderson Ranker
335 The Turn of the Screw and Other Stories Henry James Ranker
336
The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Short Stories
Long Beach Public Library
337
The Voice of the Turtle: An Anthology of Cuban Stories
Long Beach Public Library
338 The Ways of White Folks Langston Hughes Ranker
339 The White People and Other Weird Stories Arthur Machen Listverse
340 The Whole Story and Other Stories Ali Smith
Scottic Book Trust
341 The Woman Who Gave Birth to Rabbits Emma Donoghue Book Riot
342
The World of the Short Story: A Twentieth Century Collection
Long Beach Public Library
343
The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror. SF (annual)
Long Beach Public Library
344
The Year’s Best Mystery and Suspense Stories. MYS (annual)
Long Beach Public Library
345
The Year’s Best Science Fiction. SF (annual)
Long Beach Public Library
346 There Once Lived a Girl Who Seduced Her Sisters Husband and He Hanged Himself Ludmilla Petrushevskaya Book Riot
347 These Heroic, Happy Dead Luke Mogelson Book Riot
348 Thirteen Ways of Looking Colum McCann Bookstr
349 This Is Chick-Lit
Long Beach Public Library
350
This Is Not Chick Lit: Original Stories by America’s Best Women Writers
Long Beach Public Library
351 Thunderstruck and Other Stories Elizabeth McCracken Book Riot
352 To Build a Fire Mark Twain
American Literature
353 Toast Charles Stross Av Club
354 Trash Dorothy Allison Book Riot
355 Twenty Grand: And Other Tales of Love and Money Rebecca Curtis
Long Beach Public Library
356 Twenty-first century science fiction
Acton Memorial Library
357 Twilight Of The Superheroes Deborah Eisenberg Av Club
358 Unaccustomed Earth Jhumpa Lahiri Goodreads
359
Unusual Suspects: Stories of Mystery and Fantasy. MYS
Long Beach Public Library
360 Up in the Old Hotel and Other Stories Joseph Mitchell
Long Beach Public Library
361 Voices in the Night Steven Millhauser Bookstr
362 Volt Alan Heathcock Book Riot
363 Walk the Blue Fields Claire Keegan
Scottic Book Trust
364 War Fever J. G. Ballard Ranker
365 Wasted in Love Allan Wilson
Scottic Book Trust
366
Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse. SF
Long Beach Public Library
367 We Live in Water Jess Walter
Scottic Book Trust
368 We Should Never Meet Aimee Phan Book Riot
369 What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us Laura van den Berg Book Riot
370 When You Are Engulfed in Flames David Sedaris Ranker
371 Where I’m Calling From Raymond Carver Ranker
372 Wild Stars Seeking Midnight Suns J Cooper
Long Beach Public Library
373 Will You Please Be Quiet, Please? Raymond Carver
The Guardian
374 Willful Creatures Aimee Bender Ranker
375 Wish I Was Here Jackie Kay
Scottic Book Trust
376 Woman Hollering Creek Sandra Cisneros Book Riot
377
Women of Wonder: The Classic Years: Science Fiction by Women from the 1940s to the 1970s. SF
Long Beach Public Library
378 Yesterday’s Weather: Stories Anne Enright
Long Beach Public Library
379 You Can’t Keep a Good Woman Down Alice Walker Book Riot
380 Young Skins Colin Barrett
Scottic Book Trust
381 Young Visiters Spectator
382 Zigzagger Manuel Munoz Book Riot


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Bookstr Ten Short Story Collections to Fit Into Your Busy Schedule
Bust 10 Short Story Collections Written By Women To Add To Your Reading List
Bustle 11 Short Story Collections Your Book Club Will Love Discussing
Cool Material 15 Short Story Collections Every Guy Should Read
Goodreads Popular Short Story Collection Books
Huffington Post Brevity Has Its Advantages: 9 Astounding Short Story Collections
Knopf Doubleday 8 Story Collections So Good They’ll Leave You Wanting More
Listverse Top 10 Spine Tingling Short Story Collections
Long Beach Public Library SELECTED SHORT STORY COLLECTIONS
Paste Magazine 10 Essential Short Story Collections
Publishers Weekly The 10 Best Short Story Collections
Ranker The Best Collections of Short Stories
Scottic Book Trust 25 Great Short Story Collections from the 21st Century so far
Spectator The best short story collections — from childish gabbling to jaded nihilism
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