Having just finished reading James Joyce’s short story collection, Dubliners, I was inspired to create a brief list of the greatest short stories I’ve ever read.
1. “The Dead” by James Joyce
2. “The Basement Room” (aka “The Fallen Idol”) by Graham Greene
3. “Two Soldiers” and “Shall Not Perish” by William Faulkner
4. “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson
5. “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” by Edgar Allan Poe
I was also tempted to include “The Turn of the Screw” by Henry James, though that is officially considered a novella, and at 80 some odd pages, it is rather torturous to get through (which is part of the suspense of it all).
What stories would make your list?
For more on James Joyce’s “The Dead” and my current reads, click below: