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mark211Who are your favourite non-SFF, non-Alternative, non-Horror short story writers? Why?2016-10-23 02:09:04
mark211Although of course QM is a place for SFF, for alternative, and for Horror, I think I'm right in saying that we probably all do like to dip our collective toes into other kinds of fiction now and again. So with that in mind, I wonder who your favourite non-SFF, non-Alternative, non-Horror short story writers are and Why? 2016-10-23 02:10:22
mark211Here are a few of mine: one short story writer I absolutely adore is Flannery O'Connor. I really think she is absolutely superb in setting up perfectly balanced short stories in which almost every phrase and every incident seems to be echoed and reflected in all the others. There's also very often a moralistic tone to the story, but moral itself is elusive. I feel like I know what she's getting at, but it's just beyond my ability to articulate it. 'Enoch the Gorilla' is well worth a read as is 'Parker's Back' and many others besides.2016-10-23 02:14:20
mark211Another one, one that might seem incredibly obvious, is Arthur Conan Doyle. I think I particularly appreciate his Sherlock Holmes stories now because we had to read them at school and they left me cold and indifferent at the time. When I chose to read them many years later as an adult, I was actually quite angry with my younger self for being such a dull-witted moron not to have seen how gripping his stories are. So anyway, those are two of my favourite non-SFF etc. short story writers - what about you?2016-10-23 02:20:41
IronspiderOdd to say, but I don't think I have any! All those that I can think of I like for a specific reason. For example there is Angela Carter, whom I read because her book of short stories 'The Bloody Chamber', was partially adapted as the Neil Jordan film 'The Company of Wolves'. I do read novels in other genres, but don't really go for short stories.2016-10-24 05:11:21
GordonRowlinsonI like O Henry because of the interesting twist to the end of his stories. I can't mention horror so I won't mention Stephen King. 2016-10-24 13:53:53
mark211Angela Carter's someone I know of (and because of 'The Company of Wolves') but have never read. Just wondering about people like Raymond Carver, Alice Munro, Chekhov, Saki/H.H. Munro, D.H. Lawrence, Haruki Murakami maybe? I'm pretty sure you will have read at least one of those - although if course, that doesn't mean they are a favourite of yours.2016-10-24 22:32:39
mark211O. Henry is a funny one for me - I think they can be a little ... I don't know - twee? ... on the one hand, but as you say, you can't help but admire his ability to produce so many twists, many of which are simple yet still quite striking. The one about the girl who sells her hair comes to mind, for example.2016-10-24 22:34:17
RTHard science and historical writers. Truth is stranger than fiction.2016-10-25 08:18:10
rtMisread the question.

I don't have any favorites but Hemmingway,Mark Twain,Boccaccio come to mind.

Why? I Just do at the time. I can pick them up and reread a story here or there, though my favorite reading is hard science and historical, archeology and the like followed by some poets especially Wistawa Szymborska. Her poems are more like flash stories, or Zen tales than your "normal" rhyme based poems.Her work is fantastic.

2016-10-25 12:31:53
micheledutcherOne of my favorite writers is Kihil Gibran, the poet. I keep his work close because it centers me. His work, The Prophet, is a masterpiece. 2016-10-28 15:17:37

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