I suppose I’m dating myself by this title. Those of us who remember the old commercial with the song “Who wears short shorts? We wear short shorts. If you dare wear short shorts, NAIR for short shorts,” are women of a certain age. Show of hands. Who used NAIR?
At any rate, I’m not talking about those kind of short shorts today. (There are NO short shorts in my wardrobe these days. Nooooo!!!) I’m talking about short stories–an art form even older than NAIR.
I read a lot of short stories in college. (English majors have to do that.) I enjoyed quite a few. Poe wrote some great ones–”The Pit and the Pendulum,” “The Fall of the House of Usher.” There are some short stories that I will always remember like Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” and “A Good Man is Hard to Find” by Flannery O’Conner. O. Henry was a fantastic short story writer, which lead to a contest still run in his name for the same. Anyone remember “The Ransom of Red Chief” or “The Gift of the Magi?”
At present, the best short story writer in my book is Stephen King. My favorites are “The Body,” “Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption,” and “Mile 81.”
Short stories are not easy to write. An author has to have just the right tale to tell and he/she needs to make every word count.
Today the short story collection HEX APPEAL, which contains my Phoenix Chronicle short story “There Will be Demons” is available. For those of you who’ve been asking for more Jimmy and Sawyer, they’re both here. However the heroine is Summer, the fairy, instead of Liz Phoenix. Summer can be a very big pain, but she has her reasons, and I’ve always kind of liked her.
To read an excerpt of “There Will be Demons” you can go to:
There are some fantastic authors in this collection–Jim Butcher, Rachel Caine, Carrie Vaughn and more.
So, tell me, what are your favorite short stories?
I’m giving away three ebooks (Kindle or Nook) of the first book in the Phoenix Chronicles, ANY GIVEN DOOMSDAY, to 3 random posters.