Short Stories


It’s June 27th. Read Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery”

No seriously--go read it. The New Yorker, in which the story was originally published in 1948, has the story up online. You can read it right here: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/1948/06/26/the-lottery. Come back when you're done. It's amazing, right? I mean, when we say a story is "haunting," or that it "stays with you," we are talking about the feeling you get from almost every single Shirley Jackson story--and most definitely from "The Lottery." You just keep turning it over in your mind after you read it. "The morning of June 27th was clear and[...]


Horror Book Alert: Bloody Red Nose

On Friday the 13th, a new horror anthology entered the world, bringing light and love...and CLOWNS...okay, maybe not all light and love. But this collection of 15 stories isn't about the scary clown holding a blood-colored balloon, you know the one right outside your house...RIGHT NOW THE ONE THAT IS COMING TO KILL YOU? Just kidding! Maybe... Anyway, this book focuses on taking the creepy killer out of the clown and give us what clowns fear instead.     In a world filled with menace, dare to paint on a grin. The world is full of images of scary[...]


I was Eleven, He was Creepy…A Love Story

It's Gothic horror month. *ahem* Let me try that again... IT'S GOTHIC HORROR MONTH!!!!!! The best type of horror. Dark and creepy and fabulous. Filled with sadness and longing, leaving disturbing images and emotions in your head. When I heard this month's theme, I knew I wanted to post about Edgar Allan Poe...of course my dear friend Amy had the same idea. Why wouldn't she? I mean EDGAR ALLAN POE! Go read her post here. I'll wait... The child of two actors, Edgar Poe was born in Boston, Massachusetts in January 1809. His father abandoned him and his mother[...]


The Poison Eaters

Holly Black is definitely an author I could see sitting around a campfire at midnight, telling a story that would give me the creeps. For a good look at some of the stories she might tell, I would recommend checking out The Poison Eaters, a short volume with a dozen short stories by Holly Black. Among the stories in this book is The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, which you'll likely recognize as her awesome popular book. This short story is something not to miss, especially if you're a fan of vampires that are unique and not of the friendly variety. Our main charact[...]