The Lottery, The Tell-Tale Heart and Children of the Corn are some of the best short stories ever written. In time for Daylight Savings, here’s a list of the best short story collections of all-time to help you get your reading in on the day of the year that’s only 23 hours. Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead on March 11!
The Complete Tales – Edgar Allan Poe
A perfect read for any Poe fan, this famous short story collection has it all. What better way to spend the last few nights of winter than with the chilling short stories and poems of Edgar Allen Poe?
Night Shift – Stephen King
The first of King’s short story collections, Night Shift contains notable classics like Children of the Corn, The Lawnmower Man, and Grey Matter. A perfect choice if you want to stay awake all night!
The Lottery & other stories - Shirley Jackson
Enjoy a unique view of the world from Shirley Jackson’s perspective in this famous short story collection, including one of the greatest short stories of all-time, The Lottery. From the hilarious to the horrifying, Jackson has a unique ability to unveil the true human condition.
Welcome to the Monkey House: Stories – Kurt Vonnegut
These stories might be short in length, but they’re epic in plot. You’ll enjoy a wide variety of worlds and subjects in this collection of short stories, set in both the past and the future.
The Snows of Kilimanjaro and other stories – Ernest Hemingway
This collection contains what many experts argue to be the best works of Ernest Hemingway. In addition to the title work of this short story collection, you’ll also want to check out The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber and A Clean, Well-Lighted Place.
Nine Stories – J.D. Salinger
This collection of Salinger shorts includes the obscure classic A Perfect Day for a Bananafish, the widely successful For Esmé, and more. You’ll get a sense of Salinger’s versatility as a writer and storyteller in this fantastic collection.
The Turn Of The Screw & other stories – Henry James
A ghost story lover’s job isn’t complete until they’ve read this famous short story collection by Henry James. The title tale of the collection has generated almost as many adaptations as it has interpretations of its sinister plot meanings.
Fragile Things – Neil Gaiman
A contemporary piece, Fragile Things was the recipient of the 2007 Locus Award for “Best Collection”. It contains many fantastic short stories as well as some of Gaiman’s best poems.
Labyrinths – Jorge Luis Borges
Take an imaginative journey into the mind of Jorge Louis Borges. Borges writes in a mathematical “labyrinthine” way, perfect for anyone interested in mind-blowing fiction.
Winesburg, Ohio – Sherwood Anderson
Peer into the life of protagonist George Willard in this famous collection of short stories by Sherwood Anderson. Set in the fictional town of Winesburg, each story deals with the sense of loneliness that permeates this small town.
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