I’ve never particularly liked short stories. Admittedly, writing them can be a useful exercise, and they present a forum for experimenting with different ideas and techniques. On the other hand, you’ll note that those are benefits for the author, not the reader.
As a reader, I generally find short stories exasperating. Either they feel like the formalistic exercises they typically are, which leaves me counting pages, waiting for them to be over, or they leave me wanting more, which is frustrating. Generally, I really have to like an author a lot to tackle a collection of his or her short stories. Even then, I seldom find it terribly rewarding.
Writing fiction represents a huge investment of energy and time for me, and so I naturally prefer to write the sort of thing I would like to read. As a result, my interest in writing short stories is pretty limited. That said, I have a short story or two, presented here as an exercise for the curious reader.
The curiously titled “The Femme Fatale Who Failed to Be Fatal,” well… It was inspired by a casual comment a friend of mine made in the spring of 2008, which caused this odd little tale to appear in my head, fully formed. If it was an experiment or exercise, it wasn’t a conscious one, and I can’t tell you what it means. I suspect too much analysis or deliberation would likely prove lethal to its tenuous and peculiar charm.
- The Femme Fatale Who Failed to Be Fatal – You must confirm that you’re over 18 to view this story. (It’s not racy or explicit, but it contains adult themes.)
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