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Our favourite short stories

 

· Writing,Featured

 

We’re a chatty bunch here at EdenFrost. We’ll talk each other’s ears off about our
pets, a favourite coffee spot we’ve just discovered, the weather (of course)
and lots more. Yet, as writers and creatives, there’s one thing we love to be
asked about, perhaps more than most. And that’s ‘what are you reading?’, ‘who’s
your favourite writer?’, ‘what shall I read next?’.

Well, recently, we did just that. Specifically, we asked our team to serve up their
favourite short stories and pieces of flash fiction. So, if you’re in the
market for some recommendations, sit tight, grab a drink and secure the
comfiest seat in the house. We’re sending some golden tips your way.

Love and life  

Oh, the complexities of love and life. These themes emerged in a few of our favourites.
In most cases, they’re explored in the same way; through a delicate balance
between reality and fiction. Whether the stories being told were fiction
inspired by reality, or vice versa, this concoction creates the perfect potion
for spilling emotions. Being able to relate to the characters, their flaws,
strengths and life experiences had us laughing, crying and pondering over what
we’d read.

EF recommends:  

· Bliss by Katherine Mansfield (Louise’s pick)

· Happy Endings by Margaret Atwood (Teresa’s pick)

Dystopian literature  

Day to day, we’re a positive group. We think in solutions and always have a quip to hand to
lighten the mood. However, that doesn’t mean we don’t like to indulge in a
little healthy pessimism. And dystopian literature is the perfect outlet for
this. Apocalyptic tales, zombies, sci-fi innovations gone rogue; we have to
admit, we like to revel a little in the ‘what if’. And as writers, we admire
this genre even more in short fiction. The limited word count means authors
need to build imaginary worlds, form stories and evoke emotions, all within
just a few pages. That’s talent, right there!

EF recommends:  

· Black Mirror by Charlie Brooker (Tamar’s pick)

Emotional storytelling  

Nostalgia is a powerful emotion. So is honesty. In a number of our chosen stories,
authors have reached out to their readership through emotional storytelling. And
on many occasions, these stories were inspired by the writer’s own thoughts,
feelings and deeply personal experiences. Whether fictional, or inspired by the
truth, these short stories show how writing featuring raw emotions and
realistic, multi-dimensional characters and settings, creates captivating and
page-turning stories. Here are a couple that that resonated with our team.

EF recommends:  

· The Lagoon and other stories by Janet Frame (Alison’spick)

· The Stories by Jane Gardling (Sarah’s pick)

Journalism 

As the saying goes, truth is often stranger than fiction. And with a few of our writers well-versed
in journalism, it was unsurprising that we had a few recommendations pop up for
this genre. It’s here that stories of true crime, historic events and human
perseverance featured. Real voices. Real people. Real experiences. Articles of
journalism are both fascinating and educational in equal measure. And much like
documentaries or podcasts covering true events, journalism can take on a
variety of styles and creative directions to communicate these stories.

EF recommends:  

· Death of a Playmate by Teresa Carpenter (Erene’s pick)

· Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek by John Branch (Erene’s pick)

Gothic tales  

It seems we must be fans of all things spooky and mysterious as gothic literature dominated
our list of must-reads. In our selected short stories, gritty themes and haunting
imagery pair with spirituality and psychology to create bewitching reading
experiences. Beware: these reads often dance between fiction and reality. Afterwards,
you might even find yourself questioning that shadow in the corner of your room.
There, just out of sight. Did you see that? It moved, right?

EF recommends:  

· The Black Cat by Edgar Allen Poe (Teresa’s pick)

· The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman (Louise’s pick)

· Olalla Robert Louis Stevenson (Callum’s pick)

Looking formore reading recommendations? Let us know what favourites list you’d like to see next.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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