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Winter lights  by Deborah Jenkins

Winter lights

Deborah Jenkins

"'Anyone can see darkness. It takes courage to look for light.' Across the small town of Henford, families are preparing for the holiday season. A teacher, pulled in every direction by family and work, forms an unexpected friendship following a collision; a...

The coiled serpent  by Camilla Grudova

The coiled serpent

Camilla Grudova

"A little girl throws up Gloria-Jean's teeth after an explosion at the custard factory; Pax, Alexander, and Angelo are hypnotically enthralled by a book that promises them enlightenment if they keep their semen inside their bodies; Victoria is sent to a cursed...

Welcome to the monkey house  by Kurt Vonnegut

Welcome to the monkey house

Kurt Vonnegut

"A collection of twenty-five short works by the American author written between 1950 and 1968 and originally printed in a wide range of publications."--Publisher.

You are my sunshine  by Octavia Cade

You are my sunshine

Octavia Cade

"Sometimes change can hurt. This collection of short stories traces the growing pains of a new world, beginning with the death throes of our current way of life and ending with a world transformed by science and technology, and by grief, hope, love, and...

In search of a story  by Daphne de Jong

In search of a story

Daphne de Jong

"The story waits in the shadows. The writer has a deadline and the story wants to be told, but the story has patience. It is in no hurry.The writer gets up from the computer and goes for a walk, hoping the story will emerge and show itself, or at least give...

Like smoke, like light  by Yukimi Ogawa

Like smoke, like light

Yukimi Ogawa

"A monster wearing the stolen dress of a deceased mother agrees to help the woman's orphaned son. A girl whose blood can cause hallucinogenic visions makes a daring escape from the merchants who traffic her. In a society where people are prized for their...

The best short stories 2023

The best short stories 2023

" Continuing a century-long tradition of cutting-edge literary excellence, this year's edition contains twenty prizewinning stories chosen from the thousands published in magazines over the previous year. Guest editor Lauren Groffhas brought her own refreshing...

Aucklanders  by Murray Edmond


Murray Edmond

"In the tradition of James Joyce's Dubliners, Murray Edmond brings us Aucklanders, short stories that celebrate lives lived in New Zealand's biggest city. Through different time-settings, and narrative styles, the tales are variously entertaining, funny,...

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