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Reviews of short story collections by today´s popular authors

A Kidnapped Santa Claus by L. Frank Baum star
This is a story from L. Frank Baum, who is best known for "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz." It is an amusing tale about the dangers of being a kind Santa Claus who just wants to make the children happy.

A Lady of Bayou St. John - A Review star
This is a romantic and revealing story by Kate Chopin. It was written in 1894 and part of her "Bayou Folk" collection. It was set in New Orleans and gives an explanation of the power of widowhood.

A Man Named Horse by Dorothy M. Johnson star
This story was based in the old west. Yes, it also made its way to the silver screen in 1970. The original tale seems very distant to the Hollywood version.

Alaska by Alice Adams star
This is a short story by Alice Adams that is an interesting collection of contrasts and similarities.

Battle Royal by Ralph Ellison - A Review star
This story was written in 1948 and later became the opening chapter to Ralph Ellison's novel "Invisible Man."

Big Bertha Stories - A Review star
This is a contemporary story about a Vietnam War Veteran who has difficulty adjusting to life with his family. It is an honest portrayal written by Bobbie Ann Mason of Kentucky.

Bruce - A Review star
This is a great novella about the adventures of a Collie named Bruce. The story was written in 1920 by a man who bred and raised pedigree Collies. The story is heartwarming and exciting. This is the kind of story that really appreciates our canine companions.

Gwen by Louis Maistros - A Review star
This is a piece by a contemporary writer and resident of New Orleans, about a mentally ill woman with some remarkable artistic talent but who is invisible to society in her day-to-day struggles.

Heat by Joyce Carol Oates star
This is a short story by Joyce Carol Oates. It was a disturbing story about a mentally challenged man and a pair of identical twins.

Hunters in the Snow - A Review star
Tobias Wolff's story explores the way men experience relationships with one another and their circumstances. This story is full of tension and cold. It shows the complexities of men and their world with twists of dark humor.

Red-Headed Baby by Langston Hughes star
This is a story written by Langston Hughes in 1934. It is a fictional story of racism and women.

Review: Smoke and Mirrors star
Taking a look at a collection of short fiction by Neil Gaiman

The Ghost in the Mill - A Review star
This is a great ghost story told by Sam Lawson Of Oldtown, Massachusetts, a fictitional character created by Harriet Beecher Stowe. This short story made its debut around 1880 in "The Atlantic Monthly."

The Jolly Corner - A Review star
The season of frights and macabre has begun. This is an unusual story about a haunted house. The ghost is not that of a traditional one and the reason for its activity is a bit unorthodox as well. The story was written by Henry James and published in 1908.

The Old People by William Faulkner star
This was a rite of passage story set in William Faulkner's fictitious Yoknapatawpha County, Mississippi.

The Poor Relation's Story by Charles Dickens star
This is a short Christmas story by Charles Dickens. It is fun and silly. It should be a classic, away from the commercialized Santa and reindeer.

The Yellow Wallpaper - A Story Review star
This is a review of the story entitled "The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. It recognizes common traits between Gilman's life and the character's experience. There is a feminist viewpoint between the story and Gilman's era.

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