The Top Ten Tuesday challenge this week is Favourite Novellas and Short Stories. I don’t often read short stories, so I have only 5 but they are very iconic short stories, well worth a read.
Brokeback Mountain – Annie Proulx
Brokeback Mountain is a beautiful story about two cowboys who meet and fall in love, and it’s a tragic look at the homophobia rampant in that setting. It’s not a happy story, but definitely my favourite of the more modern short stories I’ve read.
The Lottery – Shirley Jackson
The first time I came across this story was on a horror podcast, and it’s honestly one of the most disturbing short stories I’ve ever read/ listened to. It reminds me a bit of the Hunger Games reaping, but of an adult nature, it’s definitely not one to listen to unless you’re sure what you’re going in to.
The Monkey’s Paw – W.W. Jacobs
The Monkey’s Paw is about a couple who are given a monkey’s paw with the power to grant three wishes, but the wishes have terrible consequences. This is another short story I prefer to listen to if you have a great narrator as it can be made quite spooky.
The Tell Tale Heart – Edgar Allan Poe
The Tell Tale Heart is told from the point of view of a man who has just killed someone and buried his body under the floorboards. He begins to hear a thumping sound which he thinks is the dead man’s heart. This is my favourite Poe tale, it’s so dark.
The Yellow Wallpaper – Charlotte Perkins Gilman
The Yellow Wallpaper is about a woman who’s told by her husband that she is suffering from “hysteria” after child birth and needs to take bed rest. She rests in a bedroom with yellow wallpaper, which she is fixated on. There is very little plot, but it’s a great exploration of the literature written on those subjects in the late 1800’s, especially as I don’t really read older books.