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I haven't finished reading any Stephen King novels. Describing himself, King said he has literary elephantiasis. I agree with him. His novels are verbose. His short stories, on the other hand, are succinct. I recommend Skeleton Crew. It is a collection of short stories. One of the stories details a man stranded on an island without food. What does he do? He succumbs to cannibalizing himself. Scary and hilarious at the same time. The story is called Survivor Type. Enjoy!

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That's why we write anything, really. You just going to write for yourself? Keep all the juicy stuff hidden? Sweep it into a closet or something?

Shorts stories hone in like radar crunched missile attacks with a decent writer. This is usually how one learns the trade and develops quicker thinking, in my opinion.
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That's why we write anything, really. You just going to write for yourself? Keep all the juicy stuff hidden? Sweep it into a closet or something?

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Like quicksand at the moment. Somebody throw me a rope!

I haven't been creative for some time. But if I can push/poke someone listening to be creative, then it makes my downtime tolerable.


Shorts stories hone in like radar crunched missile attacks with a decent writer. This is usually how one learns the trade and develops quicker thinking, in my opinion.
how's your juicy dirt hangin'?

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Like quicksand at the moment. Somebody throw me a rope!

I haven't been creative for some time. But if I can push/poke someone listening to be creative, then it makes my downtime tolerable.
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Oh geez. Why did you read that?
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Franz Kafka. Metamorphoses. Freaking creepy man.
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Franz Kafka. Metamorphoses. Freaking creepy man.
It's certainly weird, but I don't really find it creepy. More sad than anything else. Poor Gregor ...
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One short - very short - story that has always freaked me out is 'The Cobweb' by Saki. Far better than his more well-known stories like 'Sredni Vashtar'.Although I suppose he's not that particularly well-known now anyway.
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It's certainly weird, but I don't really find it creepy. More sad than anything else. Poor Gregor ...
What I thought was disconcerting was that he went from the sole provider for the family, to literally the thing that was ruining them. Their self-preservation instinct was so strong as to contemplate murder of the poor thing. In the first part, you can feel his general sanity slipping away into nothingness.
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When I read the title of this post, Survivor Type was literally the first thing to spring to mind. I also recommend The Yellow Wallpaper (name of the author escapes me at the moment) and Guts (by Chuck Palahniuk) for, well, the former is real horror-horror, the latter uses incredibly gross, graphic imagery to tell a story about growing up. Not for the squeamish. But I think they both provide very deep, visceral gut reactions and sinking feelings that I don't find often.
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Not really 'horrifying', but Edith Wharton's short stories of the supernatural are pretty good. She deals in stock gothic imagery at times but by and large these stories are crafted very subtly.
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I just finished this super short piece by Raul Brandao "The Thief and His Little Daughter"

-- I tried to look for an Internet copy but none exists, or I didn't look hard enough, but it's at the library, classic written 1908 translated originally from Portuguese.
It's fantastic, I won't spoil it, but for those who don't read: it's about a man who kills his daughter.
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Originally Posted by Beesauce View Post
I just finished this super short piece by Raul Brandao "The Thief and His Little Daughter"

-- I tried to look for an Internet copy but none exists, or I didn't look hard enough, but it's at the library, classic written 1908 translated originally from Portuguese.
It's fantastic, I won't spoil it, but for those who don't read: it's about a man who kills his daughter.


Canít find anything in English online.😩


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Canít find anything in English online

Good to know. It's short enough, that if I get bored maybe I will transcribe it. Technically it is public domain and if its not on the Internet then fuck it, I shall take it as duty to the PD, there's other forums I've scoured, and its sitting in front of me.. so I guess the universe has spoken --

eh. coffee.
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