Committing to a 400-page novel can sometimes be a challenge. Instead, invest in these short story collections to dip in and out of as you lay by the pool this summer.
Short story collections to dive into this summer
Flight or Fright: 17 Turbulent Tales
By Stephen King and Bev Vincent
The two horror authors – Stephen King wrote the likes of The Shining and Misery, while Bev Vincent is best known as the author of The Road to the Dark Tower – team up to collate a collection of sixteen short stories and one poem. In part inspired by King’s own fear of flying, maybe not one to pack for that long haul flight…
Sing to It
By Amy Hempel
Writer and journalist Amy Hempel is known for her short stories and has published works such as Reasons to Live and at the Gates of the Animal Kingdom. A thread of compassion, spirit and a yearning for connection run through the 15 tales that make up her first collection of stories in over a decade.
Mouthful of Birds
By Samanta Schweblin
Following up from her 2014 novel Fever Dream, Samantha Schweblin has been working on a captivating collection of short tales that carry an otherworldly, dark fairytale feel that are equally as surreal.
New Suns: Original Speculative Fiction by People of Color
Edited by Nisi Shawl
The author of 2016 novel Everfair which imagines an alternative, Neo-Victorian history puts together a collection of short stories that fall under the category of sci-fi and fantasy. It features creative works from Indrapramit Das, E Lily Yu, Rebecca Roanhorse, Anil Menon, Jaymee Goh and more.
Maggie Brown & Others
By Peter Orner
From the author of Am I Alone Here? and Esther Stories comes a new assemblage of stories for 2019. In this release, Orner crafts a series of interlocking narratives that capture brief moments – from the odd to the ordinary – that propose questions about humanity for both the reader and cast of characters.
Someone Who Will Love You in All Your Damaged Glory: Stories
By Raphael Bob-Waksberg
Prepare for the weird and the wonderful as this creation from the creator of BoJack Horseman hits the shelves. The series of narratives centre around love and the best and worst of what the emotion can bring.