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Name a favorite short story.--Al

-- Al Schroeder (, February 20, 2001


The Monkey's Paw (I can't remember who wrote it). Almost anything by Stephen King. And, I think it was called, "The Most Dangerous Game"? Where the hunter became the hunted. Hope you bust out of that writer's block, Al!

-- Sunshyn (, February 21, 2001.

Wow - good question. I have read so many short stories in my life and few of them are coming to mind. Generally I will say that I was completely enthralled by "Night Shift," Stephen King's collection of short stories. There are some really eerie ones in that collection including "Children of the Corn" which made for a great story and a terrible movie as well as the 4 page "Lawnmower Man," which was also somehow turned into a full length feature. Never bothered to see that.

I read this great short story collection when I was in 8th grade, or so and for some reason the two I can remember best are one of the most famous, "The Lottery" and a short by, I believe, John Updike, called "The A&P"


-- ally (, February 21, 2001.

Gee, going back a long way - - - - I think the title was, "Gift Of The Magi," by O. Henry. wherein a young lady and her husband each give their most precious material thing to buy a present for the other for Christmas. I think he pawned his watch to buy her a big fancy set of ? Spanish ? combs and she sold her hair to buy him a watch fob. Something like that.

-- Denver doug (, February 21, 2001.

For a real short story, the one that comes to mind is "Lucifer" by Roger Zelazny. It's in a collection (out of print, I think) called "The Doors of His Face, the Lamps of His Mouth." There's a few real good ones in there, including "A Rose for Ecclesiastes."

As far as Stephen King, "The Breathing Method" (is that the name of it?) knocks me out, though that's a long for a "short story."

-- John Bragazzi (, February 22, 2001.

I'm not sure if it's a short story or a novella, but David Gerrold's "The Martian Child" is wonderful. I think he's forgotten that it's still up on the Internet. The graphics aren't there any more, but the story is. It's partly biographical and will bring a tear. (I've met the "martian").

-- Bev Sykes (, February 22, 2001.

the "Ransom of Red Chief" by O. HEnry taught me the meaning of irony.

-- Terri Schroeder (, February 23, 2001.

there are a bunch that come to mind but here are a few. The lottery, Story of an hour by Kate Chopin, The red convertible, The cask of amontillado. i could probaly go on and on........

-- Rosemarie Wehr (, March 18, 2002.

It's called The's about this guy on a roof top in Ireland...He shoots some other guy and feels really proud, then he goes to turn the guy over and sees that it is his brother! Oh, the irony!

-- (, May 05, 2002.

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