45 Best Short Stories For All-Time

Bedtime Routine

Taniya Joshi

2 months ago|15 min read

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What if there were no books for readings. Can you imagine life without reading a book or short stories? Short stories give you the satisfaction of reading and make your day. Short stories are great to read between homework, assignment, chores and many more. Short stories safes your time and give you interesting things.

Here is the list of 45 best short stories to read and enjoy for bedtime.

1. The Lottery

A beautiful short story by Shirley Jackson. This short story was published on June 26, 1948. The short story gives you the message that “people involved with the violent act and doesn't think about anything. This is a famous short story in American literature.

Genre: Dystonia, horror fiction.

2. The Tell-Tale Heart

A beautiful short story by Edgar Allan Poe. This short story was published in 1843. It is a perfect haunting short story that will give you madness, wickedness, the human soul. It is listed as one of the best short stories.

Genre: Horror.

3. An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

A beautiful short story by an American writer, Ambrose Bierce. This short story was published on 13 July 1891. This short story was set up during the American Civil War, the story strikes and make you travel through the mind and soul.

4. A Good Man Is Hard To Find

A beautiful short story by Flannery O' Connor. This short story was published in 1953. It is the best short story to read to improve your life. In this busy life, a good man is hard to find. It is the short story of a family of six who was travelling to Florida. Genre: Southern Gothic.

5. In the Penal Colony

A beautiful short story by Franz Kafka. This short story was published in October 1919 in the German language. This short story makes you read this book again and again. A short story about an island penal colony and a traveller.

Genre: Fiction.

6. A Hunger Artist

A wonderful short story by Franz Kafka. This short story was published in 1922 in the German language. This short story gives the message of art, spiritual poverty, personal failure, relationships. Genre: Fiction.

7. The Most Dangerous Game

A beautiful short story by Richard Connell. This short story was published on 19 January 1924. Richard Connell, this short story was award-winning. The story became popular because of its theme.

Genre: Adventurers Fiction.

8. The Nightingale and the Rose

A wonderful short story by Oscar Wilde. This short story was published in 1888. This short story ends with a tree with a white rose which gives the solution to a girl by sacrificing her life to produce a red rose.

Genre: Tragic fantasy story.

9. The Gift of the Magi

A beautiful short story by O. Henry. This short story was published on 10 December 1905. The theme of this short story is love. The story is about two couples who do not have money to give gifts to each other so they sell their possessions.

Genre: Love Story.

10. Dubliners

A wonderful short story by James Joyce. This short story was published on 15 June 1914. It is a collection of 15 short stories. The main theme of Dubliners is Death, which makes this book the best among all.

Genre: Fiction, Novel.

11. A Sound of Thunder

A beautiful short story by Ray Bradbury. This short story was published on 28 June 1952. The main theme of this short story is that small things can make a very big difference in your life. This short story is about the reality of dinosaurs.

Genre: Science Fiction.

12. The Three Questions

A wonderful short story by Leo Tolstoy. This short story was published in 1885 in the Russian language. The theme of this short story is to live in the present, rather than being suspicious about the past and taking tension about the future.

Genre: Fiction.

13. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

A beautiful short story by James Thurber. This short story was published on 18 March 1939. The theme of this short story is to let go of your emotions and do the things that you wouldn't think of doing in your life.

Genre: Fiction.

14. A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings

A beautiful short story by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. This short story was published in 968 in the Spanish language. The theme of this short story wings symbolises power, limit, speed and freedom.

Genre: Fantasy.

15. To Build a Fire

A beautiful short story by Jack London. This short story was published on 29 May 1902. The theme of this story is to take advice from experienced people and not be arrogant. This short story is about the conflict between the man and his surroundings. Genre: Adventure.

16. Brokeback Mountain

A beautiful short story by Annie Proulx. This short story was published on 13 December 1997. This short story won the National Magazine Award in 1998. The short story gives the message of discrimination between people.

Genre: Romance, Fiction.

17. The Monkey's Paw

A beautiful short story by W.W. Jacobs. This short story was published in September 1902. The short story monkey's paw symbolises desire, greed, money. The story is just amazing as 3 wishes were granted to the owner.

Genre: Horror.

18. The Necklace

A beautiful short story by Guy de Maupassant. This short story has a great life lesson that we should not depend on money, charm, grace but we should make our personality.

19. The Snows of Kilimanjaro

A beautiful short story by Ernest Hemingway. This short story was published in August 1936. The main message of this short story is to accept the reality of life and be pure by heart.

Genre: Fiction.

20. The Rocking-Horse Winner

A beautiful short story by D.H. Lawrence. The main theme of this short story is that we should find happiness in people's nature and small things but not in greediness.

Genre: Fiction.

21. The Yellow Wallpaper

A beautiful short story by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. This short story was published in January 1892 in the New England Magazine. This short story gives a very great lesson about women.

Genre: Fiction.

22. The Things They Carried

A beautiful short story by Tim O'Brien. This short story was published on March 28, 1990. The theme of this short story is that people have many problems with them and they carry them with their all-time.

Genre: Historical Fiction.

23. Interpreter of Maladies

A beautiful short story by Jhumpa Lahiri. This short story was published in 1999. This story won the Pultizer Prize. This short story is very destructive and every part leaves you with a curiosity to read the next part.

Genre: Fiction.

24. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

A beautiful short story by Washington Irving. This short story was published in 1820. The short story shows that what's the difference between the reality of life and imagination. Genre: Children's, Halloween classic.

25. The Nose

A beautiful short story by Nikolai Gogol. This short story was published in 1836 in the Russian language. This short story shows how the nose has great pride in our life. In this story, the loss of the nose shows a loss of pride or attitude.

Genre: Fiction.

26. Man from South

A beautiful short story by Roald Dahl. This short story was published in 1948 in Collier's. The main theme of this short story is that be careful to interact with different people because they can take you in the wrong direction.

Genre: Fiction.

27. The Fly

A beautiful short story by Katherine Mansfield. This short story was published on 18 March 1922. The main theme and the title symbolise wealth and health it makes you push your limit and achieve your goals.

Genre: Fiction.

28. The Use of Force

A beautiful short story by William Carlos William. This short story was published in 1938. The theme of this short story is that it's necessary to have power, control, evils in your life.

Genre: Fiction.

29. Signs and Symbols

A beautiful short story by Vladimir Nabokov. This short story was published on May 15, 1948. The story of Vladimir Nabokov is always the best. The short story gives us a great plot about the family and their son's birthday.

30. Haunting Olivia

A beautiful short story by Karen Russell. This short story gives you a great plot about the two brothers searching for their sister, Olivia, who died in the sea. An amazing short story in just 4 pages gives you the complete plot to read.

31. The Last Night of the World

A beautiful short story by Ray Badbury. This short story was published in 1951 in Esquire Magazine. The plot of this short story is about the end of the world means death.

Genre: Science Fiction.

32. Each of Us Are Killers

A beautiful short story by Jenny Bhatt. This short story was published in 2020. This short collection of Jenny Bhatt is just wow it contains efforts for an individual to succeed in life.

Genre: Fiction.

33. So We Can Glow

A beautiful short story by Leesa Cross-Smith. This short story was published on 10 March 2020. The short story is about breathless love, beauty, lust, empowerment, secrets and many more. It has a collection of short stories which you all need.

Genre: Contemporary literature.

34. Daddy

A beautiful short story by Emma Cline. This short story was published on 1 September 2020. It is the type of short story which do not have happy endings, humans experience, examining lives. Genre: Literary Fiction.

35. Show Them a Good Time

A beautiful short story by Nicole Flattery. This short story was published in 2019. This story is a masterpiece in the list of short stories. It contains bold, irreverent, funny characters.

Genre: Drama, Comedy, Fiction.

36. Fabulous

A beautiful short story by Lucy Hughes-Hallett. This short story was published in 2019. This short story is perfectly an example of transforming old stories into new ones.

Genre: Fairy tale, fiction.

37. Reconstruction

A beautiful short story by Alaya Dawn Johnson. This short story was published on 5 January 2021. This short story has many things in itself from real life to fantasy.

Genre: Fiction, Fantasy.

38. To Be A Man

A beautiful short story by Nicole Krauss. This short story was published on 3 November 2020. The short story explores the global, manhood and many more. It is a short collection of everything.

Genre: Literary fiction.

39. The Moment of Tenderness

A beautiful short story by Madeleine L'Engle. This short story was published on 21 April 2020. The story is about the collection of hope that transforms difficulties into happiness.

Genre: Fiction.

40. Story of Your Life

A beautiful short story by Ted Chiang. This short story is about a linguist person who communicates with aliens, this part makes the story more interesting. It is an award-winning short story. Genre: Science fiction.

41. Bloodchild

A beautiful short story by Octavia E. Butler. This short story is the winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards. This story describes the love between very different people.

Genre: Fiction.

42. A Manual for Cleaning Women

A beautiful shirt story by Lucia Berlin. This short story is a wonderful collection of all kinds of pain. The title indicates about the women, giving benefits to women, giving advice to women and many more things.

Genre: Literary fiction.

43. Sabrina and Corina

A beautiful short story by Kali Fajardo-Anstine. This short story is about Indigenous and Latin women who have the power of feminity. Women have the potential for empowerment.

Genre: Fiction.

44. This Is Paradise

A beautiful short story by Kristiana Kahakauwila. This short story is a native collection of beauty, elegance, power, trials and many more things. The collection is narrated by Hawaiian Women.

45. Cathedral

A beautiful short story by Raymond Carver. is a classic short story about a couple and a blind man who has lasting friendships with them. The short story plot is about jealousy, blindness, love, faith and many more.

Genre: Fiction.

Here, we complete the list of 45 Best Short Stories. Comment below which is your favourite Short Story from the above list.

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