Hello everyone and welcome to my third instalment of what I’ll be reading short story wise for the rest of this year. I mentioned in my Short Stories Challenge Part Two all the way back in April that I was becoming quite disillusioned with short stories. I had read a few that I hadn’t connected as well with as others and it was becoming less enjoyable to read them. At the moment, I’m feeling pretty much the same. I have read some great short stories since April including Set-Up by Dianne Gray and The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter however I’ve also read a couple where I didn’t get on so well with them i.e. The Coincidence Of The Arts by Martin Amis and Four Hundred Rabbits by Simon Levack. I understand that I’m not going to enjoy every single short story that I come across but I’m hoping for great things this time around. At this moment in time, I should be on Part Four of my Short Stories Challenge and I’m only on Part Three. This is because I’m just not feeling motivated to pick up a short story each week like I had planned to do. Ah well, fingers crossed for these!
Ringing Night by Rosy Thornton from the collection Sandlands.
Safe Passage by Ramona Ausubel from the collection A Guide To Being Born.
The Chicken And The Egg by Jon McGregor from the collection This Isn’t The Sort Of Thing That Happens To Someone Like You.
“Sorry” Doesn’t Sweeten Her Tea by Helen Oyeyemi from the collection What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours.
The Little Photographer by Daphne du Maurier from the collection The Birds And Other Stories.
The Purloined Letter by Edgar Allan Poe from the collection The Best Short Stories Of Edgar Allan Poe.
The Navigator by Angela Slatter from the collection Sourdough And Other Stories.
The Small Hand by Susan Hill (stand-alone).
Sainte-Thérèse by Kate Mosse from the collection The Mistletoe Bride And Other Haunting Tales.
Sad, Dark Thing by Michael Marshall Smith from the collection A Book Of Horrors.