So it has been a while since my last Short Stories Sunday! I have read quite a few since then, so let’s see what we have today.
The first two short stories have been published on the following Anthology:
Oz Reimagined: New Tales from the Emerald City and Beyond
Published February 19th 2013 by 47North
Edited by John Joseph Adams and Douglas Cohen, Illustrated by Galen Dara
When L. Frank Baum introduced Dorothy and friends to the American public in 1900, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz became an instant, bestselling hit. Today the whimsical tale remains a cultural phenomenon that continues to spawn wildly popular books, movies, and musicals. Now, editors John Joseph Adams and Douglas Cohen have brought together leading fantasy writers such as Orson Scott Card and Seanan McGuire to create the ultimate anthology for Oz fans—and, really, any reader with an appetite for richly imagined worlds.
“Emeralds to Emeralds, Dust to Dust” by Seanan McGuire
Dorothy Gale is grown up, bitter, and still living in Oz. And now she has a murder to solve–assuming Ozma will stop interfering with her life long enough to let her do her job.
This was an interesting one. This is an adult version of Oz, so forget all the innocence and magic of the original stories. No previous Oz knowledge required.
“Lost Girls of Oz” by Theodora Goss
In “Lost Girls of Oz” by Theodora Goss, readers will find that sometimes staying in Oz really is better than going home.
This was quite the creative take on a very realistic topic. My problem with commenting short stories is that it’s too difficult to avoid spoilers. I can only say that I highly recommend this one.
“Lamb to the Slaughter” (1953) is a short story by Roald Dahl. It was initially rejected, along with four other stories, by The New Yorker, but was ultimately published in Harper’s Magazine in September 1953. It was adapted for an episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents and starred Barbara Bel Geddes. Originally broadcast on April 13, 1958, it was one of only 17 AHP episodes directed by Hitchcock himself. The story was subsequently adapted for Dahl’s British TV series Tales of the Unexpected. Dahl included it in his short story compilation Someone Like You.
“Lamb to the Slaughter” by Roald Dahl
“Lamb to the Slaughter” demonstrates Dahl’s fascination with horror (with elements of black comedy), a theme that would influence both his in adult fiction as well as his children stories.
This is a well-known one, but this is the first time I’m reading it. Black humour and dark irony in this short twisted tale.
“The Open Window” by Saki
“The Open Window” is the Saki (H. H. Munro) classic short story that continues to fascinate readers and remains very popular.
I am loving these classic stories with unexpected / clever concepts that do not necessarily follow a typical structure. Again, irony and black humour are strong here.
I hope you have enjoyed reading through these short summaries and reviews, and that they’ll inspire you to read more short stories as well. Enjoy your week!