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African Stories

by Doris Lessing Simon & Schuster (June 24, 2014)

Long considered Nobel Prize winner Doris Lessing’s best collection of short stories, African Stories—a central book in the work of a truly beloved writer—is now back in print. This beautiful collection...


Call to Arms

by Lu Xun Simon & Schuster (May 06, 2014)

Call to Arms is a collection of revolutionary Chinese writer Lu Xun’s most famous and most important short stories. Featuring “A Madman’s Diary,” a scathing attack of traditional Confucian civilization...


The Heaven of Animals

by David James Poissant Simon & Schuster (March 11, 2014)

Named one of Amazon’s Best Short Story Collections of 2014

One of Atlanta Journal Constitution’s 9 Best Books of 2014

Best Short Story Collection of the Year, Tweed's Magazine

Winner of GLCA New Writers...


These Children Who Come at You with Knives, and Other Fairy Tales

by Jim Knipfel Simon & Schuster (June 01, 2010)

From the irresistibly droll mind of Jim Knipfel comes These Children Who Come at You with Knives, and Other Fairy Tales, a series of twisted fables that echo with pinpoint acuity. A masterful storyteller whose...


Easy for You

by Shannan Rouss Simon & Schuster (March 23, 2010)

In this debut collection, Shannan Rouss delivers ten sharply etched stories set against the endless freeways and twinkling lights of Los Angeles. Each one provides a momentary glimpse into the lives of the inhabitants...


The Apple's Bruise

by Lisa Glatt Simon & Schuster (May 31, 2005)

From the bestselling author of A Girl Becomes a Comma Like That, a moving, disturbing, and utterly original collection of stories that examine a universe where memory and fact collide, and the imagination fills...


Middle Men: Stories

by Jim Gavin Simon & Schuster (February 19, 2013)

A powerful, funny, and wise debut from a writer Esquire praises as “the second coming of Denis Johnson.”

In this widely acclaimed story collection, Jim Gavin delivers a hilarious and panoramic vision of California,...


The Toynbee Convector

by Ray Bradbury Simon & Schuster (July 30, 2019)

From “one of science fiction’s grand masters” (Library Journal), a new reissue of Ray Bradbury’s The Toynbee Convector: a collection of twenty-two stories, including the continuing saga of H.G. Well’s...


Heads of the Colored People

Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction 2018

by Nafissa Thompson-Spires Simon & Schuster (April 10, 2018)

*Winner of the PEN Open Book Award*

*Winner of the Whiting Award*

*Longlisted for the 2018 National Book Award and Aspen Words Literary Prize*

*Nominated for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize*

*Finalist for...


When We Were Birds

by Maria Mutch Simon & Schuster (April 24, 2018)

From Governor General’s Literary Awards finalist Maria Mutch comes a startlingly inventive debut collection that recalls the works of Margaret Atwood, Kelly Link, Karen Russell, and Heather O’Neill.

Wolves...


Bad Behavior: Stories

by Mary Gaitskill Simon & Schuster (March 13, 2012)

A trade paperback reissue of National Book Award finalist Mary Gaitskill’s debut collection, Bad Behavior—powerful stories about dislocation, longing, and desire which depict a disenchanted and rebellious...


Because They Wanted To

by Mary Gaitskill Simon & Schuster (March 13, 2012)

A collection of startling and breathtaking stories about people struggling with the disparity between what they want and what they know.

A New York Times Notable Book

A man tells a story to a woman sitting beside...


The Mountain: Stories

by Paul Yoon Simon & Schuster (August 15, 2017)

In “a spectacular display of intelligence and feeling” (Publishers Weekly, starred review), Paul Yoon’s collection of short stories ranges throughout the world—from the Hudson Valley to the Russian Far...


More Twisted

by Jeffery Deaver Simon & Schuster (December 26, 2006)

Jeffery Deaver has famously thrilled and chilled fans with tales of masterful villains and the brilliant minds who bring them to justice. Now the author of the Lincoln Rhyme series (The Cold Moon and The Bone...


Later, at the Bar

by Rebecca Barry Simon & Schuster (May 08, 2007)

Lucy's Tavern is the best kind of small-town bar. It has a good jukebox, a bartender with a generous pour, and it's always open, even in terrible weather. In the raw and beautiful country that makes up Rebecca...


Beware of God

by Shalom Auslander Simon & Schuster (November 01, 2007)

Violent rabbis, lovelorn wives, a busy Grim Reaper, shame-filled simians, and one seriously angry deity populate this humorous and disquieting collection.

Shalom Auslander's stories in Beware of God have the...


Screwjack

by Hunter S. Thompson Simon & Schuster (December 13, 2000)

An almost unnaturally poignant love story from the father of “Gonzo” journalism and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Hunter S. Thompson.

What makes the romantic short story Screwjack so touching, for all its...


Riverbank Tweed and Roadmap Jenkins

by Bo Links Simon & Schuster (July 04, 2001)

For nearly as long as there have been golfers, there have been men walking alongside them, carrying their clubs, holding the flagstick, offering advice, smelling not so faintly of old sweat and very new wine....


Happy Trails to You

by Julie Hecht Simon & Schuster (May 06, 2008)

When Julie Hecht's stories first appeared in The New Yorker, her unnamed photographer-narrator became an instant literary icon. Chronicles of her strategies for surviving civilization's decline -- herbal remedies,...


Jesus Out to Sea

by James Lee Burke Simon & Schuster (June 05, 2007)

One of the country’s most-acclaimed and popular novelists offers a selection of ten short stories centered around the devastation in Louisiana and Mississippi during and after Katrina.

In this moving collection...


Alone With You

by Marisa Silver Simon & Schuster (April 13, 2010)

Following her acclaimed, Los Angeles Times Book Prize–nominated novel, The God of War, Marisa Silver’s extraordinary book, Alone With You, is a starkly elegant and superbly rendered collection of short stories....


Mescalito

by Hunter S. Thompson Simon & Schuster (October 18, 2000)

Capturing the essence of Hunter S. Thompson’s “Gonzo” style, short story Mescalito details his dark and miserably comic first mescaline drug trip. First published in Songs of the Doomed, Mescalito suggests...


Death of a Poet

by Hunter S. Thompson Simon & Schuster (November 01, 2000)

Previously published in the short story collected Screwjack from legendary “Gonzo” writer Hunter S Thompson, “Death of a Poet” chronicles a doomed rendezvous in a Green Bay trailer park. The Packers...


The Fat Artist and Other Stories

by Benjamin Hale Simon & Schuster (May 17, 2016)

“Oddly beautiful and impossible to look away from”​ (Los Angeles Times), the stories in The Fat Artist are suffused with fear and desire, introducing us to a company of indelible characters reeling with...


Why They Run the Way They Do

by Susan Perabo Simon & Schuster (February 16, 2016)

From the celebrated author of Who I Was Supposed to Be, Susan Perabo’s collection of twelve “ingenious and lovable stories [that] crack open the world” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) and illuminate the...


Blueprints for Building Better Girls

by Elissa Schappell Simon & Schuster (September 06, 2011)

Elissa Schappell, “a diva of the encapsulating phrase, capable of conveying a Pandora’s box of feeling in a single line” (The New York Times Book Review) delivers eight provocative, darkly funny linked...


Death Wears a Beauty Mask and Other Stories

by Mary Higgins Clark Simon & Schuster (April 28, 2015)

A one-of-a-kind mystery collection that showcases the immense storytelling talent #1 New York Times bestselling author Mary Higgins Clark has honed over her tremendous career—including a bone-chilling, previously...


The Terrifying Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

by Edgar Allan Poe Simon & Schuster (December 16, 2014)

The melancholy, brilliance, passionate lyricism, and torment of Edgar Allen Poe are all well represented in this collection. Here, in one volume, are his masterpieces of mystery, terror, humor, and adventure,...