Have I ever been this excited about a reading challenge? No, I have not. I have the longest of lists of short stories that I want to read by a bunch of Classic and Modern Classic writers and this challenge is going to force them higher up my reading list. From Edgar Allen Poe to Shirley Jackson to John Keats to Yūko Tsushima… I could go on and on. I want to read them all. Insert excited squee here. The aim is to read 52 short stories in 52 weeks and I kinda want to beat that number but I don’t want to get too ahead of myself just yet.
1. Cockcrow by Guy de Maupassant
If there was ever a big euphemism for sex in fiction it would be this short story.
2. Femme Fatale by Guy de Maupassant
How the poor and fragile male can’t handle female sexuality.
3. Hautot & Son by Guy de Maupassant
This one left me a little unsettled – not because anything untoward or bad happened. But the circumstances and the allusions Maupassant makes. A son carrying on in his fathers footsteps.
4. Stone Mattress by Margaret Atwood
I was definitely not prepared for just how chilling this short story would be. It was cold and ruthless. I loved it.
Are there any short stories that you’re dying to read or have recently read that you can’t enough of? Let me know in the comments below.