Short Fiction

Here are some of the short fiction offerings you may choose to study. (You are going to read four, and then do this for three of them. Be sure to read at least two different authors. Your least favourite of the stories you read, you will do The Loser Assignment for.):

 
Baba Yaga's Chicken-Footed Hut
Baba Yaga, the witch with the chicken-legged hut

Fairy Tales

Andrew Lang Fairy Tales:
Aladdin, Little Red Riding Hood, The Sleeping Beauty in the Wood, Cinderella,
Puss In Boots, Beauty and the Beast

Online archive of all of Andrew Lang's Fairy Tales.

The Story of Sigurd: The Andrew Lang story J.R.R. Tolkien
read as a child which made him want to write a story with
a dragon in it (The Hobbit).

Hans Christian Andersen Fairy Tales:
The Little Mermaid
Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales I
Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales II

Italo Calvino
The False Grandmother (a version of "Little Red Riding Hood" with an ogress)

Pentamerone
A Collection of Italian Fairy Tales

Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales:
Online Virtual Book

Neil Foster Macphail:
The Broken Princess (modern fairy tale)

French Canadian folktale in English
La Chasse-Galerie (lumberjacks who risk their souls
to the Devil in order to make their canoe fly, taking them to a dance
many miles away where their sweethearts are)


West African Folktales
A collection

Indigenous Folktales
Raven and His Grandmother
Why The Mouse is So Silky
The Woman Who Fell From the Sky

Nineteen Stories about Glooskap

Mythology

Neil Gaiman's Norse Mythology stories of Thor and Loki

Neil Foster Macphail's modernizations:
Jason and the Argonauts (entire novel about a ship full of demigods meeting monsters and dangers)
The Harpies
A Royal Bout
Stealing the Golden Fleece
Sea Pursuit
The Sirens
Talos the Brass Giant
Betrayal in the Night

Beowulf the Monster Slayer
Beowulf and the Monster Grendel
Beowulf Faces Grendel's Mother
Old Beowulf and the Dragon

Jim Butcher: "Heorot" (a modern Beowulf, with a battle wizard in Chicago)

 

Speculative Fiction

Star Trek:
Arena
The City on the Edge of Forever


Doctor Who
story (Matt Smith Doctor and Amy Pond) by Neil Gaiman:
"Nothing O'Clock"

Orson Scott Card's original short story version of "Ender's Game"

Isaac Asimov robot stories:
"Runaround"
"Satisfaction Guaranteed" (woman has crush on robot)

Time Travel:
Ray Bradbury: "A Sound of Thunder"
Robert A. Heinlein: "By His Bootstraps" (annoyingly repetitive mindgame)

Fantasy/Horror:
Edgar Allan Poe's "The Tell-tale Heart" (murder)
Edgar Allan Poe's "The Cask of Amontillado" (murder)
Edgar Allan Poe's "The Purloined Letter" (Poe invents the detective story)
Neil Gaiman: "We Can Get Them For You Wholesale" (a chance to have anyone you wish killed supernaturally)
Neil Gaiman: "The Truth Is A Cave In the Black Mountains" (an odd journey)
H.P. Lovecraft: "The Call of Cthulu" "The Colour Out of Space" (horrible forces wreck stuff)
Robert E. Howard's Conan the Barbarian stories (muscleman kills horrible forces)
Dungeons & Dragons Dragonlance stories
Anne McCaffrey's "The Smallest Dragonboy"

Other:
Ray Bradbury's "The Veldt" (children's virtual reality jungle bedroom)
Poul Anderson: "Duel On Syrtis" (human big game hunter hunts alien on his own planet)
Stephen King: "The Jaunt" (family teleportation trip goes horribly wrong)
Mike Resnick's "Old Macdonald Had a Farm" (future food farm)
Neil Gaiman's "And Weep Like Alexander"
Leno Coakley's "Mirror Image" (twin teenage girl gets a "full-body transplant" after a car accident leaves only her brain intact. Twin is jealous of new body.)

"Traditional High School English" Short Stories
(not speculative fiction, epic, folkloric nor mythic)

Ambrose Bierce's "An Occurance At Owl Creek Bridge" (civil war soldier is to be hanged)
Shirley Jackson's "One Ordinary Day With Peanuts"
Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery" (kind of The Purge)
James Thurber's "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty"
Merna Summers' "The Skating Party"
Hugh Garner's "The Father" (drunk dad)
D.H. Lawrence's "The Rocking Horse Winner" (sick kid)
Charlotte Perkins Stetson's "The Yellow Wallpaper"
Sinclair Ross' "The Lamp at Noon" (dustbowl tragedy)
Sinclair Ross' "The Painted Door"