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  1. Thank you very much for providing a nice collection of stories at a click. You have made me a permanent visitor for ‘short story guide’.

  2. Links to sub-pages at top (Very Short Stories, Stories with Twist, Collections) do not seem to work at the moment – ?

    1. Sorry about that, RR. There was a problem with those links. Thanks for letting me know. They should work now.

  3. Great site, but who is behind it? I can’t seem to find any background information on the source anywhere.

    1. Thanks for visiting the site, Jane. I’m Howard Allen. I also write on Hubpages. The links on the top menu will bring you there (Twist Endings, Stories for Students, and Collections).

  4. Thank you for creating such a time-saving website!! Though some of the links seem to be broken (and can be easily googled on my own), this is an excellent resource for me as a teacher! I frequently seem to be looking for a short story “about…” and can’t seem to find the one I want in a timely manner. This will make my year easier!

    1. Glad you’re finding the site useful, MS.
      I’ve fixed the links in the top menu. If you’re aware of any others that are broken feel free to let me know.
      Thanks for visiting the site.

  5. Great collection.
    Just curious why you didnt remember to include a column for stories about Slavery, just as you did for The Holocaust.

    I am sure these shall also make for interesting reading. By the way your Jewbird story is very interesting.

    1. Thanks for visiting, T.H
      For now i’m putting stories about slavery under the Racism category. There are four stories there that deal with slavery in some way: The Witness, An Outpost of Progress, The Beginning of Homewood, and Fever.
      As that list grows, I will most likely move them to their own category. (It’s a good idea, more convenient for a reader)
      I thought The Jewbird was interesting too. I just discovered that story a few months ago.

  6. This is a fantastic resource. Thank you for compiling all these stories. I was hoping you could help me find a copy of Judy McCrosky’s “Call Me.” It’s perfect for an upcoming unit in my class, but I cannot find the text anywhere. Thank you!

    1. Hi Jessica,
      I was unable to find a link to “Call Me”.
      The story is available in a compilation called “Breaking Free A Cross-Cultural Anthology” by John Borovilos. It’s not very expensive on Amazon, and it contains lots of other good middle school fiction and poetry. It’s also available on Abebooks and Thriftbooks.
      If you have any questions about the anthology, just ask.
      I hope you find the story, and thanks for visiting the site.

  7. A great collection of short stories! What prompted you to get this site started? How you do decide what stories to include?
    What classes do you teach? Naturally, I am assuming you are an ELA teacher.

    Appreciative and curious –

    1. Pat, I’m not a teacher, just an avid reader.
      When I really got interested in short stories, I was searching for a resource that would guide me on subjects and themes but I didn’t find a lot. I figured that readers and teachers must be searching for that too, so I started this site.
      I include stories that i’ve read and some that I haven’t, if I can get reliable information for the description and on where to put them.
      I’m glad that some people are finding the site useful.
      Thanks for visiting.

  8. I’m glad, as a high school teacher, to have found this site. What a great resource! Thanks for putting in the time. It’s appreciated.

  9. Hi,
    Congratulations on this excellent collection!
    In relation to the flashes, while their length may be suitable for schools, I wouldn’t categorize them based on age. In fact, most of those I know are better fitting for adults.
    However, thank you for this effort. I hope to read here a lot.

    1. That’s a good point.
      Teachers will have to use their judgement on which flash stories are appropriate for students based on their content and whether they’re likely to understand much of it (I found some of them difficult).
      Thanks for reading.

        1. That’s mainly due to the length, which you pointed out.
          I realize flash stories aren’t written specifically for students, but teachers often like a good really short story. The ones on that page have been anthologized, suggesting they should have some literary merit or entertainment value and thus be a suitable pool of stories for teachers to look into. I also wanted to get Middle and High school in the title to help it show up in search results.

          1. I see from your gravatar that you are the writer of one of the stories on the page, “Fire. Water.” I’d like to say something really intelligent about it, but I don’t want to risk embarrassing myself. I’ll just say that I like it.

  10. Really helpful! I’m looking for stories about Discovery, because the New South Wales Higher School Certificate in Australia has a mandatory unit on that theme (from 2015-2019). Thanks a lot!

    1. Catherine,
      I have Winter Dreams on the Money/Materialism page. I have added it to the two pages you mentioned. Thanks for the suggestion and thanks for visiting.

  11. Hi there, I was trying to locate the whale by Yves Theriault, but could not find the book it is located in. Can you help? Thanks!

    1. Erin,
      I have The Whale in an anthology called “Inside Stories 1” by Kirkland and Davies. It’s a great anthology with 24 short stories.
      I think it’s available in lots of places. If you have any questions about it, just ask.

      1. I’ve recently read a few Breece Pancake stories. I like them so far. I put “Time and Again” on the gothic page.

  12. Absolutely love this site! Thanks for putting so much time and energy into it. This will be an invaluable resource for my students!

    1. Jen, I can’t make any guarantees but I’ve made a note of that category, and I’ll see what I can do. Thanks for stopping by the site.

        1. Great suggestions, Liz.
          I’ve added all of them. I can’t believe I didn’t think of Hop-Frog for the Revenge page.
          Thanks for visiting.

    1. Yam,
      I don’t have an email associated with this site, and I don’t give out my personal one. Feel free to ask me something here. If it’s something that should be continued privately, then we’ll do that.

  13. I read a short story in 1964 with this basic plot: a dinner host makes a bet with one of the guests that they cannot escape from a special sealed room. The guest is then locked in the room, but within a short time he seems to be having a heart attack. The host thinks it’s a ploy to get him to open the door, thereby making the guest the winner of the bet. The rest of the guests believe the heart attack is real, since the guest locked in the room has a history of heart problems. So what does the host do – open the door and automatically lose the bet, or take the chance that the guest is faking and does not die of a heart attack after all?

    I want to convert this short story into a screenplay for a Masters course I am taking, and I want to credit the original author with the plot. But I have looked and looked and cannot find the author or short story anywhere (it was originally published in a paperback compilation of short stories, if I recall correctly, but that was 50 years ago). I suppose the copyright has expired, but I would still like to give credit.

    Can you help me locate this story and its author? Thank you.

    1. Stephen,
      I don’t know this story and haven’t been able to find it in anything I have. It sounds like a story that would still be read today, so I don’t know why it’s so hard to find. Maybe another visitor to the site will be able to identify it.

  14. I am trying to identify author/title of memorable short story about two midgets who find each other, marry and have a “normal” child. It doesn’t end well! Can anybody help, PLEASE. THANK YOU

    1. Vera, Sorry but I can’t think of a story about globalization. I’ve added it to my list of possible themes, so I’ll be keeping it in mind. Thanks for visiting.

  15. Does anyone remember a short story about a man who was a lookout in casino robbery and sat down and played roulette (I think) to look inconspicuous. He kept playing the same number and kept winning and started drawing attention to himself which was not what he wanted to do. I read this in one of my high school English classes and absolutely cannot remember what the name of this was but it was a great story.

  16. I have taught 3 HS short story classes this year and will teach more next year — since I have the same students over and over, I can’t repeat stories. Your site has been a great help. Thanks!

  17. I am pleased to have found the title and author of a short story I read years ago in junior high school – “The Star” by Arthur C. Clarke. The story was part of a compilation published sometime in the late 1950’s. There is another memorable story that I’m hoping you might be able to help me find. The plot involved a home tutor to a young boy who was very intelligent but the child tried to hide how smart he was. The story is the unfolding of each visit to the child and the tutor’s realization how advanced the child was, but why would the young boy want to hide it? So – any leads who might have written this short story and the story title? Thank you for any leads you might offer.

  18. I’m trying to find a short story about a girl – maybe 18-25 – who has this tech attached to her neck so she can get killed over and over and so long as the box isn’t damaged, she can be brought back. All I know for sure is that it isn’t Dying for a Living by Kory M. Shrum.

    It is driving me batty not being able to figure it out.

  19. very good site to read short stories… i read a story written by anne hart title Friday Everything changed but uanable to find the author profil. anyone would help me?

    1. Yudy,
      There doesn’t seem to be much available on this writer. The blurb on her from Inside Stories I says “A contributor to Canadian magazines and anthologies, Anne Hart was born in Winnipeg. She spent her childhood years in Nova Scotia, and then moved to St. John’s, Newfoundland, where she presently lives.”
      This Wikipedia entry seems to be her.

      1. that answers my question.. now i have another question about the information of when and where this short story “Friday everything changed publicatin. because i’m doing reseach and i need these detail information i’ve searched on internet but unable to find. thanks

  20. Can anyone help me to find a children’s short story about “… the brightest thing …” from my childhood ? It must have been written pre-1960s. Basically, the plot, as I can remember it, is a class is chalenged to bring the brightest object they can find into school the next day. One boy hasn’t found anything and, as he walks to school, he sees an injured bird in the road. He gathers it up and runs to school for help. He holds it up to the teacher and, and at that moment, the bird dies and a large tear rolls down his cheek – probably sparkling in the sun. The teacher awards the boy the prize for the brightest thing – his tear.
    It is one of those moments that still lingers in my memory more than half a century on. I would love to read it again.

  21. Just want to say thank you for providing this site! What a treasure trove of resources unlike anything I’ve found on the web! As an educators, this site has been a real life-saver for me.

    1. Thanks for visiting, Margaret.
      I don’t accept submissions. I think all the stories on the site have been published somewhere. If you can provide a link to a published story of yours, I would be glad to add it to my queue. I wish you success with your writing!

  22. I’m profoundly grateful to have discovered this site this morning!
    Thank you for creating it and for inviting readers to submit suggestions for additions to the lists.

    Two suggestions for additions to the list of stories re death and dying:
    “A Small, Good Thing” by Raymond Carver
    “Taking Care” by Joy Williams.

    1. Great suggestions, Liz.
      I’ve added all of them. I can’t believe I didn’t think of Hop-Frog for the Revenge page.
      (A glitch seems to have prevented your full comment from displaying properly, but I can read it in my feed.)
      Thanks for visiting.

  23. You’re very welcome for the suggestions!
    Some additional nominations for inclusion in the “Death and Dying” category:
    “The Jilting of Granny Weatherall” by Katherine Anne Porter
    “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” by Ambrose Briece

  24. I recently wrote a story about addiction that is based in part on my own experience as an addict and the insanity I experienced — though it does contain some cursing, I think it may be a good read for high school students to help them understand what the mind of an addict is like and where drugs can lead you after high school (the main character is in college but failing due to her addiction).

    I host it for free on my site, and the ending is hosted free on another site that I link to — It’s called “A Beautiful Death.” Here’s the link Would you be interested in adding this to your Short Stories About Drugs and Addiction List?

    I also wrote another story about both drug addiction and eating disorders. I didn’t see anything on about eating disorders, which I know many middle school kids and high school kids struggle with these days — maybe it could be a new category? I think it could also be a good fit for your Drugs/Addiction List.

    The entire story is hosted free on my website here: Would you consider adding it as well?

    Thank you for your time — I look forward to hearing back from you.

    1. Adam,
      I stick to stories that have been traditionally published, but I will leave your links here for anyone who wants to check them out.

  25. This site is excellent – so happy to have found. I am wondering if you have come across a short story about a spinster (southern) who must move out of her parent’s home, tries to buy a home only to fall in love with an artist who she meets there. After sitting for him a few times she finds out the artist is trying to outbid her on the home, she purposefully dances him off of the top stairs and he dies from the fall. Something like that anyway. Listened to the audio book back in 2005 in a short story compilation set. Have been looking for the name for years. Sound familiar?

  26. Hi Howard Allen,
    I’m a theatre director and am interested in using some of these short stories in a staged reading (production for an audience, small ticket price) on the theme: Stand Up; Speak Out. I was wondering who I contact for permission to read the stories to an audience.

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