What are the best short stories of all time?

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    #1Twisted Sick

    Twisted Sick

    Twisted Sick is a collection of short stories written by Nyler Nals and illustrated by Nancy Bowen. Totaling 273 pages, it was first published in 2014 under ISBN: 1496159101. Twisted Sick includes 33 short stories.

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    Victoria Chen
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "Twisted Sick involves 33 short stories. I was worried at first that these stories would be too dark and twisted for me but they were pretty interesting. The description of the book is misleading. The stories are not all gore and horror. Most of them were very humorous. "
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    #2Brokeback Mountain

    Brokeback Mountain
    Annie Proulx's masterpiece narrates the story of Ennis del Mar and Jack Twist, two ranch hands that find themselves working together through strong attraction. After some sexual meetings, they both get married and have children, but the attraction between them cannot be denied anymore. 



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    Joyce Beck
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "Before there was the movie there was the book. Brokeback Mountain remains the ultimate gay love story for all modern time. Two ranch hands meet, fall in love but then venture into straight marriage complete with children. But they still secretly meet because they can't stop loving each other."
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    #3Night Shift

    Night Shift

    Night Shift is a book collection of frightening stories written by Stephen King which serves as a delectable introduction to King's mythologies. This is said to be the first short stories King has written in his early years. 

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    Andrea Armstrong
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "One of King's early triumphs... this book has some raw, amazing tales that leave you wishing for more. The stories are a mix of his more chilling, otherworldly stories as well as his stories that deal with more banal evil... both of which are areas in which he excels! I loved this when I first read it years ago and I love it even more now. You will re-read this one over and over!"
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    #4Tom Clancy: Two Complete Novels

    Tom Clancy: Two Complete Novels
    This book contains two stories from Tom Clancy, one of the most popular thriller authors: 'Red Storm Rising' and 'The Cardinal of the Kremlin', two all-time classics of action and suspense. 





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    Carmen Méndez
    Written on March 30, 2018
    "This book is really 2 books in one. I love the convenience of having two novels together since I love Tom Clancy novels, but these are not short stories. They are wonderful stories but short, they are not. I just think the novels are too long to be considered short stories."
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    #5Hearts in Atlantis

    Hearts in Atlantis
    Hearts in Atlantis is a collection of five stories by Stephen King. The stories "Low Men in Yellow Coats," "Hearts in Atlantis," "Blind Willie," "Why We're in Vietnam," and "Heavenly Shades of Night are Falling" are all connected through the Vietnam War.
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    James Jones
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "This is super cool to see."
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    #6Skeleton Crew

    Skeleton Crew
    Winner of the 1986 Locus Award for Best Collection, Skeleton Crew is a collection of work by Stephen King. It is comprised of nineteen short stories including "Gramma" and "The Mist," two poems, and a novella. 
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    David Garza
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "This is a definite must for anyone who's a fan of Stephen King's work, but it was a bit of a mixed bag for me. Some of the stories are great. Others are a little less than compelling. Too uneven and rough in spots to be called the "best short stories of all time.""
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    #7Just After Sunset

    Just After Sunset

    Published in 2008, Just After Sunset is a collection of short stories by Stephen King. The collection is comprised of twelve short stories, eleven of which has been previously published, with "N." being the only exception.

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    Jorge Alberto Vásquez
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "Stephen King is one of my favorite authors. I recommend this collection of short stories if you're looking to get some great ones all in one place. Bonus points if you read them right before bed!"
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    #8Gaza Writes Back

    Gaza Writes Back

    Gaza Writes Back is an anthology of short stories from 15 young writers in Gaza, Palestine. The writers are all members of a generation that has suffered immensely under Israel's siege and blockade.

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    Hansika Saxena
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "A nice complication of short stories. They focus on people from the Gaza which is great to get their perspective. However it is less of a well rounded compilation of the best short stories. "
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    #9The Shawshank Redemption

    The Shawshank Redemption

    The Shawshank Redemption is a 1994 American drama film written and directed by Frank Darabont and adapted from the Stephen King short story Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption.

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    Bella Zhang
    Written on March 30, 2018
    "i just recently had this discussion with my husband, who loves this movie. it's great story and eventually made into a great movie. i think what i loved most about it was andy dufresne's overall nature - mild mannered, soft spoken and an overall decent guy."
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    #10The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

    The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

    The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of 12 short stories of the famous detective by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. These stories were originally published as serialized single stories in The Strand Magazine from July 1891 to June 1892. 

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    Adam Peters
    Written on March 30, 2018
    "These stories are great for anyone. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was a great writer and Sherlock Holmes is a beloved fictional hero. This book contains a collection of his adventures and makes a good gift for children to read or for anyone interested in clever detective stories."
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    #11The Complete Sherlock Holmes

    The Complete Sherlock Holmes

    The Complete Sherlock Holmes is a collection, in English and Spanish, of all the books and short stories of the popular character created by Arthur Conan Doyle. It features day and night mode and bookmark function.

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    Bryan Hopkins
    Written on April 1, 2018
    "I really think the Sherlock Holmes stories are some of the best shorts of all time. Each one is exciting and intriguing. They really captivate my attention and anyone else who I've recommended them to!"
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    #12M Is for Magic

    M Is for Magic

    M is for Magic is Neil Gaiman's collection of short stories for children published in 2007. All but one story (The Witch's Headstone) in this collection are from previously published works. This work includes Troll Bridge and Sunbird.


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    Mark Schmidt
    Written on April 8, 2018
    "I feel m is for magic has some of the best short stories available. Having so many in one book makes it even better. "
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    #13Smoke and Mirrors

    Smoke and Mirrors
    Smoke and Mirrors is Neil Gaiman's first book of short stories published in 1998. The book includes a story about the Holy Grail purchased at a thrift store, a tale about assassins advertising in the Yellow Pages, and a creative retelling of Beowulf.
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    Elizabeth Watson
    Written on April 3, 2018
    "I am a big fan of short stories and was looking for a good one I then started reading this. I was blown away by the story. It is hard to believe it came out so long ago and I am just now picking it up. It is now one of my favorite stories yet!"
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    #14Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders

    Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders

    Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders is a collection of short stories from multi-award winning novelist Neil Gaiman. This collection contains stories from previous publications, including 'Sunbird', which is Gaiman's birthday gift to his daughter. 

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    Jerry Ward
    Written on March 28, 2018
    "As great of a writer that Neil Gaiman is I really was unimpressed with this collection. While some of the stories were fine many of them were underdeveloped and boring. It also really doesn't help there isn't much of a theme to these stories besides here's what he had lying around when the publisher called up."
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    #15Flora and Tiger: 19 Very Short Stories from My Life

    Flora and Tiger: 19 Very Short Stories from My Life

    The love for the animals was the beginning of this book of short stories illustrated with a collection of personal vignettes dedicated to his fader, who taught him the love for animals. 

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    Cynthia Grant
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "When I taught an autobiographies unit for my fifth grade writers, they were particularly drawn to this collection of autobiographical stories by Eric Carle. We are teaching our students how to make personal connections to readings, and there were many here...such as Carle's special walks with his father...his curiosity with nature...his incredible observation skills which led to his success as an artist and writer. The children loved this work and wanted to read all the stories. The voice, honesty, and beauty is lyrical and tangible."
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    #16The Illustrated Man

    The Illustrated Man
    Ray Bradbury's The Illustrated Man is a collection of 18 science fiction short stories. The stories are all within a bigger story, wherein the stories are all written as animated tattoos in the skin of "the Illustrated Man."
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    Bruce Thomas
    Written on March 25, 2018
    "I'm usually not a fan of short stories because I like the depth and breadth of actual novels. However, Bradbury weaves each short story into a bigger story. It was kind of like watching a TV series. There were bits and pieces that added to the next one."
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    #17The Complete Stories

    The Complete Stories

    Flannery O'Connor's The Complete Stories won the 1972 National Book Award for Fiction. It includes 31 short stories that are arranged chronologically, ending with "Judgement Day" which she finished shortly before her death.

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    Jonathan Stephens
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "The product page is not attractive images."
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    #18One More for the Road

    One More for the Road

    This book is a collection of 25 short stories written by Ray Bradbury. Despite having a wide range of different characters and themes, like family issues, love or childhood, every story is written in Bradbury's personal and unique style. 

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    Hannah Hamilton
    Written on April 3, 2018
    "I was looking for a book with short stories to read to my kids and I found the book One More for the Road. It had been quite the interesting read. My husband particularly liked it. The style of the book is great and it doesn't take too much time to get through one of the stores. There are 25 in total in this book. We are hooked and will be looking for more books by this author."
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    #19The Cardinal of the Kremlin

    The Cardinal of the Kremlin
    The Cardinal of Kremlin is a novel about the clash of the Soviet Union and the United States. When a US spy spilled the plans of the Soviet in building a massive-laser-defense system. To gather more information, the US send their Cardinal to do the work.
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    Gregory Smith
    Written on March 27, 2018
    "This short story will leave you breathless with it's heart stopping action. It's a story of a Cardinal (America's leading agent in the Kremlin) that is about to be terminated by the KGB. It's the best short novel about a Russia's laser defense system and our desire to destroy it."
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    #20S Is for Space

    S Is for Space

    This book by Ray Bradbury is a collection of 16 short stories, which despite being standalone and very different from each other, they all share the same supernatural and space environment and Bradbury's unique style. 



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    Nicole Fisher
    Written on March 23, 2018
    "I wouldn't call these the best short stories of all time but I did enjoy them a lot. Great if you like supernatural stuff. I would recommend giving them a read."
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    #21The Collected Short Stories of Louis L'Amour: The Frontier Stories (Vol. 1)

    The Collected Short Stories of Louis L'Amour: The Frontier Stories (Vol. 1)
    Being recognized as one of the all-time greatest, it was a matter of time that a book collected Louis L'Amour's best short stories. In this first volume, there are 35 frontier tales that perfectly capture the Old West feeling.



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    Teresa Ryan
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "This book was suggested to us, in a college course. The teacher told us all that we could learn a lesson by reading these amazing stories, by Louis L'Amour. She wasn't wrong. Once you start getting into this book, you don't want to stop reading. I have actually read it twice and will probably read it a third time! "
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    #22Holidays on Ice

    Holidays on Ice
    Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris is a short story collection originally published in December 1997 by the Little, Brown and Company. This book was preceded by Naked and followed by Me Talk Pretty One Day.
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    Benjamin Greene
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "Holidays on Ice is a great collection of short stories!"
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    #23Landfall: A Ring of Stories

    Landfall: A Ring of Stories
    Landfall: A Ring of Stories is a short story by Julie Hensley. First published in 2016 by Ohio State University Press under ISBN: 0814252699, the story focuses on the events centering on the fictional town of Conrad's Fork, Kentucky.
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    David Perkins
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "I'm not sure why this would be considered a short story at all when it's longer than a decent amount of novels out there today. Ironically, this short story felt drawn out much too long for the story it was trying to tell."
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    #24Barrel Fever: Stories and Essays

    Barrel Fever: Stories and Essays
    Barrel Fever: Stories and Essays by David Sedaris is a short story collection originally published in June 1994 by the Little, Brown and Company. This book was followed by Naked which was published later in March 1997.
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    Armando Ríos
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "This is an odd collection of stories that push the boundary. If your looking for something quirky and different, this might be the one your looking for."
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    #25Small Screen Big Lies

    Small Screen Big Lies

    Small Screen Big Lies is a short story written by Kish. First published in 2012 by Wisdom Village Publications Division under ISBN: 9380710240, the story focuses on Steve Saunders, a television host.

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    Li Song
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "Short stories are my favorite types of stories and this one is one of the best! It captivates you the minute you start reading and doesn't let go until the climactic end, everything about it is very well written and insanely engaging. "
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    #26Delaney's People: A Novel In Small Stories

    Delaney's People: A Novel In Small Stories
    Delaney's People: A Novel in Small Stories is book written by Beth Duke. First published in 2011 by Art of Dixie under ISBN: 0615568440, the story focuses the family of Delaney Robinson.
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    Daniel Castro
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "A very unique book, a collection of short stories telling a family story over 250 years. I think this is one of the best collections of short stories of all time. I was very entertained when I read it, and I'm glad I discovered Beth Duke's writing a few years ago. "
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    #27The Machineries of Joy

    The Machineries of Joy

    Written by Ray Bradbury, this book is a collection of 21 short stories, all of them from the science fiction genre. It includes some of the author's most famous short stories, like "The Machineries of Joy" and "The Beggar on O'Connell Bridge".

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    Arthur Baker
    Written on April 3, 2018
    "This is a must-have for science-fiction fans, Bradbury fans, and short-story fans in general. This collection shows off the magnificent prose that Bradbury was capable of. His fantastic use of imagery and wild imagination bring each and every one of these short stories to life."
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    #28Apt Pupil

    Apt Pupil

    Apt Pupil is a short novel written by Stephen King. First published in 1982 by Warner under ISBN 0751525677, Apt Pupil is included in Stephen King's book containing short stories and novellas called Different Seasons.

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    Austin Fields
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "I was working 8am to 7pm shifts for the past few years and I wanted to make sure I spend time in the evening with my 18 year old twin sons. I was looking for something exciting and thrilling to share with them while they read at night. I found this amazing short novel called "Apt Pupil" which is an amazing series filled with horror, fantasy, and psychological thrillers by Stephen King who describes the griping account of a German Nazi sharing his secret memories with a innocent youth. The book was turned into a award winning. My sons absolutely love the story. Thank you!"
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    #29The Richer, the Poorer

    The Richer, the Poorer
    This collection of essays and stories explore the everyday life of the African-American middle class, where poverty and prosperity collide. The book, covers in a realistic way the lives of men, women and youngsters from this social class, who have to deal with their race problems from those years. 




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    Timothy Bailey
    Written on April 1, 2018
    "The Richer, the Poorer is a great solution for best short stories of all time because it is one of the most famous best short stories of all time."
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    #30Olive Kitteridge

    Olive Kitteridge
    Landfall: A Ring of Stories is a short story written by Elizabeth Strout. First published in 2008 by Random House under ISBN: 140006208X, it won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the 2010 Premio Bancarella.
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    Jerry Lucas
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "This is a great set of very insigificant stories about insignificant people who all become interconnected into this very significant narrative that they're part of. This is great if you want to digest some bite-sized stories, but also there is a lot here to fawn over if you pull back and look at the bigger picture."
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    #31Wild Nights!

    Wild Nights!

    Wild Nights!: Stories About the Last Days of Poe, Dickinson, Twain, James, and Hemingway is a Short Stories, Literary, Historical Fiction written by Joyce Carol Oates. It was published April 1, 2008 by Ecco.

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    Navya Vyas
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "In this book, Joyce Carol Oates, (JCO), really shows her skill as a writer. In these five tales, Oates alters the final years of five writers: Edgar Alan Poe, Emily Dickinson, Mark Twain/Samuel Clemens; Henry James and Earnest Hemmingway. She writes a tale that for some of them is a shocking view, but never without merit. Oates shows truly unique and incredible talent, as each one of the stories is as if written in the hand of the author she is describing. For example, in E. A. Poe's case, she changes the scene of his death to a lighthouse off the coast of Chile. But the real beauty is in the way she imitates Poe, writing about Poe. In her story about Mark Twain/Samuel Clemens, she imitates his writing style, while being both autobiographical and biographical, inventing some very interesting outside interests that Mr. Twain indulged himself in, but not in an improper or truly ethically aberrant manner, if at least a little inappropriate. Twain's story is significantly epistemological as she utilizes a letter format in much of the story to move her point along, and since there is such a plethora of Twain correspondence, JCO can more easily transport herself into Twain in that writing style."
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    #32Gaudi in Manhattan

    Gaudi in Manhattan

    Gaudí in Manhattan is a short story written by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. The book was illustrated by Hanns Schimansky and translated by Peter Schwaar. It was originally published in 2004 under ISBN-10: 3458193189 and ISBN-13: 978-3458193180.

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    Mark Martin
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "Great little german short story. Very good illustrations. The hardcover edition is a little expensive so I would recommend the digital edition. "
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    #33Gray Matter

    Gray Matter

    Gray Matter is a short horror story written by Stephen King. It was released by Random House Audio in 1993 and is included in Stephen King's book Night Shift. Night Shift is a collection of short stories and novellas.

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    Charles Wells
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "Gray Matter is one of the best short stories of all time. King's sense of plausibility in a fictional setting is unerring in its ability to make its reader become unsettled. The payoff is great."
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    #34Masterpieces of Terror and the Supernatural: A Treasury of Spellbinding Tales Old and New

    Masterpieces of Terror and the Supernatural: A Treasury of Spellbinding Tales Old and New

    Masterpieces of Terror and the Supernatural is a collection of short stories about the supernatural and the paranormal. Originally published in 1985, it was edited by Marvin Kaye and Saralee Kaye.

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    Keith Alexander
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "I like reading short stories every once in a while and Masterpieces of Terror and the Supernatural is definitely up there among the best collection books I own. It has a ton of masterpiece short stories."
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    #35Stationary Bike

    Stationary Bike

    Stationary Bike is a short horror story written by Stephen King. It was released by Simon & Schuster Audio in 2006 and originally published in the fifth edition of From Borderlands in 2003.

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    Zachary Medina
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "Some Stephen King short stories are great and some are just OK. I do not think that "Stationary Bike" is a great one but there are certainly worse ones out there. Even mediocre Stephen Kind is still way better than most of what is out there."
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    #36Great Tales of Terror and the Supernatural (Modern Library)

    Great Tales of Terror and the Supernatural (Modern Library)

    Great Tales of Terror and the Supernatural is a collection of short stories about the supernatural and the paranormal. Originally published in 1944, it was edited by Phyllis Fraser and Herbert A Wise.

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    Ethan Mendoza
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "This is an amazing short story. Due to how quick of a read it is you should just go check it out. "
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    #37One For The Road

    One For The Road

    One for the Road is a short horror story written by Stephen King and illustrated by James Hannah. It was first published in the March/April issue if Maine and was later included in the book Night Shift. (Currently unavailable).

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    Diana Banks
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "This is an illustrated version of the Stephen King story. He really has so many, it's hard to choose. I like the road trip aspect of this one and the suspense as usual."
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    #38A Quiver Full of Arrows

    A Quiver Full of Arrows
    A Quiver Full of Arrows is a book containing 12 short stories from Jeffrey Archer. The stories include a man who loves the routine of his life, a cricket player who wants to record a century, and a fictitious Pontius Pilate.
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    Gloria Schneider
    Written on March 31, 2018
    "I was riveted from story to story by this serious its a must read"
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    #39Graveyard Shift and other Stories from Night Shift

    Graveyard Shift and other Stories from Night Shift

    Graveyard Shift and other Stories from Night Shift are short horror stories written by Stephen King. It was released by Random House Audio in 1988 and is included in Stephen King's book Night Shift.

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    Brian Russell
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "Twenty stories of horror and nightmarish fantasy transform everyday situations into experiences of compelling terror in the worlds of the living, the dying, and the nonliving."
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    #40Stephen King's Battleground

    Stephen King's Battleground

    Stephen King's Battleground: A Commemoration of the Emmy-Winning Television Adaptation is a collection of short stories written by Stephen King. It first published by Gauntlet Press in 2012.

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    Thomas Price
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "This is a good short story and is a bit entertaining. Not about it screams new, different or must read. It is not something I would go out of my way to read. I wouldn’t even put this in this particular author top 10 list of short stories. All around decent."
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    #41What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures

    What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures

    What the Dog Saw and Other Adventures is a book containing short stories written by Malcolm Gladwell about the experiences of influential people, including Ron Popeil, a seller of rotisserie ovens, and Cesar Millan, the famous Dog Whisperer.

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    Lucy Yang
    Written on March 30, 2018
    "I think that this is not the best interpretation of "short story." While these are essays, they are commentary on specific topics and focus less on fiction than most short stories. "
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    #42Just After Sunset: Stories

    Just After Sunset: Stories
    Just After Sunset is a collection of short horror stories written by Stephen King. It was first published by Scribner in 20008 and won the 2008 Bram Stoker Award for Best Fiction.
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    Andy Wen
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "Not one of Stephen King's better reads. There are no surprises, most of these stories are too predictable."
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    #43Gorilla, My Love

    Gorilla, My Love
    Through 15 different stories, we can know about the lives of many black men and women, who have very different yet powerful stories. Despite being fiction, it perfectly depicts the problems the black community has had to face since many years ago in the American society. 



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    Donna Nichols
    Written on April 8, 2018
    "I love this book. It entails stories of many different characters of all ages. It is deeply engaging and invites you to keep reading."
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    #44Sandy Shorts: Stories Set in and Around Bethany, Cape May, Lewes, Rehoboth, Ocean City, and Wildwood

    Sandy Shorts: Stories Set in and Around Bethany, Cape May, Lewes, Rehoboth, Ocean City, and Wildwood

    Sandy Shorts: Stories Set in and Around Bethany, Cape May, Lewes, Rehoboth, Ocean City, and Wildwood is a book written by Nancy Powichoski Sherman. This book was published on July 10, 2014 by Cat & Mouse Press.

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    Tiffany Ortiz
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "I love reading short stories and wanted to find the best ones of all time. I came across this title and went with my gut and purchased it. Unfortunately, I wouldn't call this the best. It was pretty mediocre and not very engaging. I returned it and am still looking for something that meets my full expectations. "
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    #45Lawnmower Man: Stories from Night Shift

    Lawnmower Man: Stories from Night Shift

    The Lawnmower Man: Stories from Night Shift is short horror story written by Stephen King. It was first released by Random House Audio in 1995. The Lawnmower Man is included in Stephen King's book Night Shift.

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    Manuel Godínez
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "This was also written by Stephen King but this was not one that I found to be all that great. The story was not grabbing me like many others he has well as the fact it was not as scary as many others."
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    #46The Bone Forest

    The Bone Forest

    The Bone Forest is a collection of short stories by Robert Holdstock. Originally published in 1991, it offers eight stories set in a mystical wood. The Bone Forest is a part of the Mythago Wood series.

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    Robert Jensen
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "This is good if you like fantasy stories. The collection of works in this was diverse and entertaining."
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    #47Battle Scars: A Collection of Short Stories Volume I

    Battle Scars: A Collection of Short Stories Volume I
    Battle Scars: A Collection of Short Stories Volume I is a collection of short stories written by David Cook. Totaling 135 pages, it was first published by David Cook in 2015 and includes 10 short stories.
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    José Angel Herrera
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "Normally, I do not like war stories. But, these stories were still good. I would have preferred more varied subjects though."
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    #48The Bronzed Hawk (Reluctant Lark series)

    The Bronzed Hawk (Reluctant Lark series)

    The Bronzed Hawk is a fictional category romance novel written by Iris Johansen. This fictional category romance novel was published on December 1, 1990 by Loveswept.

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    Abhinav Trivedi
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "I'd say it's a decent book but has an all too popular trend of man meets woman, woman spurns man, they end up together, yada yada yada. It's too predictable. Wouldn't really recommend it."
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    #49Wampeters, Foma & Granfalloons

    Wampeters, Foma & Granfalloons

    This book is a collection of short stories, essays, reviews and many other types of texts written by Kurt Vonnegut, from 1966 to 1974. In them, Vonnegut talks about many topics, like US politics system, Africa's situation or reflections on his own death to come. 

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    Willie Brewer
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "This is a fine short story book. Truly a classic among ones alike. Kurt has his own very unique style of writing and it really encapsulates the short story genre."
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    #50Bagombo Snuff Box

    Bagombo Snuff Box

    This book is a collection of 23 short stories written by Kurt Vonnegut, which were published in US periodicals from 1950 and 1962, and that now are collected in just one book. 

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    Rebecca Mitchell
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "I love books that have small short stories. Bagombo Snuff Box was interesting looking back at a period before my birth."
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    #51The Museum of Dr. Moses

    The Museum of Dr. Moses
    The Museum of Dr. Moses: Tales of Mystery and Suspense is a collection of short stories written by Joyce Carol Oates, a Rea Award recipient in 1990. With over 200 pages, this book is published in 2007 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
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    Muhammad Chauhan
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "I'm a huge fan of suspense stories but I have to say these ones were kind of a let down. The stories are well written and very surprising but they don't really fit the suspense style that the author is claiming they are. Overall well written but not really suspense."
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    #52Armageddon in Retrospect

    Armageddon in Retrospect

    This book is a collection of twelve short stories, never published before, from Kurt Vonnegut. In these, he talks about war and peace, sharing his thoughts on these topics and sharing his own experiences as a prisoner of war in a Nazi camp. 



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    Rose Shaw
    Written on April 3, 2018
    "Vonnegut is such a fascinating story teller, and each of these short stories is a very introspective, thought provoking ride. I love how each story is distinct and yet they clearly belong together. It's not quite as good as Poe, but he's still thoroughly enjoyable."
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    #53Homeland and Other Stories

    Homeland and Other Stories

    Homeland and Other Stories is a collection of short stories written New York Times bestselling author by Barbara Kingsolver which includes a true to life tales of love.  

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    Judy Torres
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "Homeland and Other Stories is a collection of short stories written New York Times bestselling author by Barbara Kingsolver. It's an excellent choice for fans of the genre."
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    #54The Tell-Tale Heart

    The Tell-Tale Heart

    The Tell-Tale Heart is a book containing poems and short stories written by literary icon Edgar Allan Poe. It was released in February 1983. It includes the title story Tell-Tale Heart, the Murders in the Rue Morgue and William Wilson.

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    Patricia Young
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "Poe isn't for everyone, but the Tell Tale Heart is a chilling classic that we all read in high school. I like to revisit it around Halloween every year. Something about the weather turning to fall that makes me appreciate the dark, enduring brilliance of Poe's imagination."
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    #55Letters from My Windmill

    Letters from My Windmill

    Letters from My Windmill is a collection of short stories written by Alphonse Daudet. This French literature book is first published in 1869. 

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    Russell Williamson
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "I was required by my literature class to do a report on short stories from the 1800s. After Googlling around I found Letters from My Windmill. I thought the stories from France were interesting. It made my report easier to write than I thought it would be. Overall a good book."
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    #56Sewing Can Be Dangerous and Other Small Threads

    Sewing Can Be Dangerous and Other Small Threads
    Sewing Can Be Dangerous and Other Small Threads is a collection of 11 short stories written by S. R. Mallery. Totaling 276 pages, it was first published by Mockingbird Lane Press under ISBN-10: 0989310574 and ISBN-13: 978-0989310574.
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    Linda Watkins
    Written on May 5, 2018
    ""Sewing can be dangerous and other small threads" is a collect of 11 short and boring stories by S.R. Mallery. I am a person who usually finishes what I start, however this collection made me pause mutliple times and I never did make it to the end. I did not enoy each short story enough to want to make it to the next one. With the vast array of different short story collections out there one would be better off looking elsewhere. "
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    #57To Build a Fire

    To Build a Fire

    To Build a Fire by Jack London is a short story about a man who travels alone in a cold place in the North. This book was originally published in 1902 and is considered by some as one of the greatest adventures ever written.

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    Kelly Meyer
    Written on March 30, 2018
    "I had heard of Jack London from a former professor not too long ago but I decided to look him up. Very compelling story in so few pages. "
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    #58A Sound of Thunder and Other Stories

    A Sound of Thunder and Other Stories

    A Sound of Thunder and Other Stories is a collection of science fiction short stories written by Ray Bradbury, acclaimed author of Fahrenheit 451. It was first published in 2005.

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    Wayne Stevens
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "It's a collection of Bradbury's most famous shorts. I'd recommend just based on that alone. The time machine, A sound of thunder. R is for rocket and more. Just get it and start reading, and thank me later. "
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    #59I, Robot

    I, Robot
    I, Robot is a series of short stories by the acclaimed author of science fiction, Isaac Asimov. It tells the story of robots outfitted with a "positronic brain" that allows them to feel what it is to be human, despite being made of metal.
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    Phillip Powell
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "a neat collection of stories. recommended"
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    #60Nine Stories

    Nine Stories
    Published in 1953, Nine Stories is a collection of short stories by J.D. Salinger, the author of The Catcher in the Rye. His most famous short stories"A Perfect Day for Bananafish" and "For Esme -- With Love and Squalor" are included.
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    Phillip Hanson
    Written on March 24, 2018
    "I am extremely happy that I decided to add some J.D. Salinger to my collection of short stories. Nine Stories brings together some of Salinger's best work. I am sure that everyone could find at least one story that changes their outlook on literature in this book. I highly recommend buying yourself a copy. "
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    #61Promenades dans le Barcelone de l'Ombre du vent

    Promenades dans le Barcelone de l'Ombre du vent

    Promenades Dans La Barcelone de L'Ombre Du Vent (Le Livre De Poche) (French Edition) is a book by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. It was originally published in 2009 by Distribooks Inc under ISBN: ISBN-10: 2253134503 and ISBN-13: 978-2253134503.

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    George Greene
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "This is a classic and is read by many but it is not nearly one of the best short stories of all time. The author has done a good job with this book"
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    #62The Gift of the Magi

    The Gift of the Magi

    The Gift of the Magi is a classic romance fiction book written by O. Henry. This Christmas-themed novel is first published in 1905. 

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    Anna Fowler
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "I recieved this book as a Christmas gift from my mother , who has since passed. I loved it. Its one of the best books I have read. The charachters and plot were well written and its just a great story. It has a special meaning to me now."
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    #63The Breathing Method

    The Breathing Method

    The Breathing Method is a short horror story written by Stephen King. The Breathing Method is included in Stephen King's book Different Seasons which contains a number of short stories and novellas.

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    Deborah Sandoval
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "The Breathing Method is one of the best short stories of all time. This horrific short story written by Stephen King features a New York night club where things are very strange. It leaves the reader on the edge of their seat the entire time. It is a must read of you are a fan of horror, and is definitely one of the best shorts I've ever read."

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