The short story emerged from oral storytelling in the days of Homer and his epics, Iliad and Odyssey. During the 14th Century oral stories began to develop in to written stories. The most notably of these, Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer and Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio.
There are no set lengths or word counts. The short story teller focuses on a small cast of characters with a self-contained incident.
The door to the cabin flew open and Mary, who’d been reading the latest Di Morrissey novel, threw her book […]
Life of a Stranger
She heard the swish of the paddle. The sound snuck into her consciousness like the tapping of fingers on a […]
The Lock Keeper
Edmond saw the two boats approaching from opposite directions. His cameras were placed up and down the reach of his […]
I knew one day he would leave, but I had hoped by shoving my head in the sand, chatting about […]
I checked my watch, it was 3am. I lay atop my sleeping bag, mosquito net tucked tightly under the mattress, […]
The Paris Writer
The plane landed on time, 6am. The hostess handed me my coat. Paris in January I knew would be cold. […]
David stopped the car on the narrow dirt road. Gazing at the ancient steep sided red mountain ranges and weathered […]