Today is National Short Story Day, to celebrate this wonderful literary form. Take a look at the central site here. We had intended to hold a read-in at the Albion Beatnik Bookstore to celebrate, but sadly the big freeze intervened, and Oxford is all but inaccessible.
But fear not. You can enjoy some of the best examples of the short story, in the warmth of your own home. For free. As compensation for the lack of our live voices, here are free pdfs of 10 fantastic short stories by Year Zero Writers. They cover a vast array of styles, from the subtle chill of Heikki Hietala’s work to the experimentalism of Marc Nash; the raw power of Cody James to the almost poetic Penny Goring; the surrealism of Oli Johns to the beautifully structured work of Marcella O’Connor. If you enjoy them, do check out the authors’ other works, but most of all next time you buy a book, make it a book of short stories.
Warning: content unsuitable for younger readers
Also free – the two Year Zero Writers anthologies:
Find out about the authors by clicking the links