A week and a bit ago, we asked our tweeps: What are the short stories that have changed your lives, and how? Here’s what they had to share.
@Becs – Kafka’s short story where character wakes up & he’s turned into a cockroach. Made me realise how powerful short stories can be
@eshonkwiler – In the Dry by Breece D’J Pancake. Marvelous, touching as a reader. Humbling as a writer. Deftest, lightest touch I know.
@FallenRedNinja – Bisson showed me that short stories can be amusing, unpredictable & throw the plebs for 6 w/ this onehttps://www.terrybisson.com/page6/page6.html
@cormeegs – A Perfect Day for Bananafish. At 12, I was shocked at the ending and in awe of how powerful a short story could be … It was, to me then and maybe still today, the perfect short story
@kirstylogan – A story in Best Lesbian Erotica 2009 got me writing erotica. Up till then I thought it was all trash, but those stories are art.
@jjponeill – ‘Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge’ by Bierce – i think i was 11 or 12 – the first story i fell in love with
@shawnsyms – Adam Haslett’s “The Good Man” because something extremely startling happens, but it’s completely organic and not for shock value … I’ve a near-uncontrollable impulse to do the same in my own work. Barbara Gowdy’s We So Seldom Look on Love for the same reason.
@cjudson86 – Franny and Zooey killed me as a teen, questioning religion and dealing with the loss of a close family member.
@Little_Fiction – Down Through The Valley by Wells Tower. Crazy good. Parts of it I can’t shake.
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