Top Ten Short Stories

The Top Ten Short Stories

The Raven (Edgar Allen Poe)

Sophisticated, thrilling, slightly creepy, and just a darn good read. It is written in beautiful form and no one who has read it can say it isn't a masterpiece.

Do poems even count as short stories? If they do The Raven definitely deserves first. - Yoshilord

It's a poem--not a short story: sheesh.

The Call of Cthulhu (H.P Lovecraft)

Very scary, touches the soul within and the heart and leaves you chilled, obviously a Masterpiece, and I think At mountains of Madness should be on this list too.

Harrison Bergeron (Kurt Vonnegut )
The Most Dangerous Game (Richard Connell)

Unbelievably suspenseful and just pure badass

The Monkeys Paw (W.W. Jacobs)
A Christmas Carol (Charles Dickens)

'I have none to give, ' the Ghost replied. 'It comes from other regions, Ebenezer Scrooge '

Popular and influential. The story spawned thousand similar ones. - Gaspar

Great educational, as moral meaning.
That is good for every time and everywhere.
I advise everyone to read it

All Summer in a Day (Ray Bradbury)
The Landlady (Roald Dahl)
Metamorphosis (Kafka)

Tragicomedy at its best. Open to endless interpretation. As universal as it is personal. Its relevance shall echo through the ages.

Sredni Vashtar (Saki)

A wonderful discovery. Laugh out loud stuff. - mgenet

The Contenders

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (James Thurber)
Antaeus (Borden Deal)
The Cask of Amontillado (Edgar Allen Poe)

Oh how I love this story. Probably my favorite short story ever written. The mood is creepy, the dialouge is unnerving and highly entertaining, and the two characters are just... They're great. This is a great work of art and you should read it, especially if you're a Poe fan.

One of the best Edgar Allen Poe stories. - Yoshilord

Gift of the Magi (O. Henry)

I love this story and all the irony twist and romance it's my all time short stories ever written

I love O. Henry and his twists. The theme of this story is something we can all learn from.

The Spiders Thread (Ryƫnosuke Akutagawa)
Charles (Shirley Jackson)

Cute story about a little boy in kindergarden who tells his parents about all the naughty things he does at school, but, tricks them into thinking that another little boy is doing it.

Reginald (H.H. Munro AKA Saki)

Laugh out loud antics of Reginald. There are about 30 short stories about Reginald. Enjoy and laugh out loud. -

A Sound of Thunder (Ray Bradbury)
The Body (Stephen King)

It turned into my favorite movie "Stand By Me (1986)". I haven't read it yet, but I'm going to soon. By just seeing the movie I'm still voting for this. - GaretTheCarrot

Turned into the movie Stand By Me. Amazing.

The Shawshank Redemption (Stephen King)
Flowers For Algernon (Daniel Keyes)
I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream (Harlan Ellison)
Autopsy Room Four (Stephen King)
Dusk (Saki)
An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge (Ambrose Bierce)
The Midnight Hike (Kelsey Donald)
Lamb To The Slaughter (Roald Dahl)
The Mist (Stephen King)
The Hole the Fox Did Make (Emily Carroll)

A really good horror webcomic. - Yoshilord

Under the Skin (Emily Carroll)
The Final Problem (Arthur Conan Doyle)
A Good Man Is Hard to Find (Flannery O'Connor)
The Lottery (Shirley Jackson)
The Necklace (Guy de Maupassant)
Araby (James Joyce)
The Yellow Wallpaper (Charlotte Perkins Gilman)
The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County (Mark Twain)
The Rocking-Horse Winner (D. H. Lawrence)
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