Short Stories That Stick With You, or, Read These Stories NOW!

Welcome to Short Story Month everyone! Burlesque Press Contributor Ev Langston has compiled a list of some of her favorite short stories and short story collections here on her blog, In the Garden of Eva, and we though you might just be hungry for some new reading recommendations. Also, at the end, she asks for hep locating a short story she read years ago, called Phantasms. Burlesque Press is offering a free t-shirt to anyone who can help us locate this tory in the vast universe of lit mags. Also, we’d like to invite you to either post a comment here, on facebook, or twitter with some of YOUR favorite short stories and collections. If we get enough responses, we’ll repost them for everyone!

Cheers y’all, and Happy Mother’s Day!

In the Garden of Eva

Hey everyone, May is National Short Story Month!

“Short stories?” you say. “I don’t read those.” Yeah, I’m aware. I write short stories, and there doesn’t seem to be much of a demand for my craft, which is why I keep telling myself I need to write novels. Novels, for various reasons, have remained popular while short stories have gone the way of the phonograph.

Before television, short stories used to be an exceedingly popular form of entertainment. In the early 1800s, Americans enjoyed “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” and the “Tell-Tale Heart.” In the first half of the 20th century, American magazines like The Atlantic Monthly, The New Yorker, Scribner’s, and Esquire featured short stories in every issue, and the pay was good. F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, and later, Ray Bradbury, made a lot of money selling their fiction.

So what happened? Why does no one read short…

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