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Old 03-13-2013, 02:29 PM   #16
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Can't help but notice how many of these are ghost/horror/SF/fantastic literature. Does this mean that imaginative and speculative literature has had a greater influence on the development of the short story than other genres?

It probably means - in my opinion - that most of our members enjoy genre fiction, the four most popular being SF/horror/mystery/romance.




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Old 03-14-2013, 08:47 AM   #17
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But also, what were people in the 1920s and earlier looking for in a short story? "The New Yorker story," in which not a lot happens, is a recent development. So does that mean that older stories were more likely to be "imaginative and speculative?" Or did the boring ones just fade away?
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Old 03-14-2013, 09:01 AM   #18
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How about The Lottery by Shirley Jackson?
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Old 03-14-2013, 12:28 PM   #19
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Old 03-14-2013, 12:29 PM   #20
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Old 03-14-2013, 12:39 PM   #21
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I'd also put "The Exiles" (aka "The Mad Wizards of Mars") by Ray Bradbury.
Is that in the public domain? That was the OP's requirement.
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^Whoops, you're right. I'll withdraw those two submissions.
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Old 03-14-2013, 01:06 PM   #23
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How about The Lottery by Shirley Jackson?
I read that one. A very strange story. I didn't like it at all.
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The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell. It was published in 1924, I am not certain if that makes it public domain or not?
According to this page, linked as a wikipedia source: "A careful search of copyright records has shown that this story is in the Public Domain."
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I read that one. A very strange story. I didn't like it at all.
It is pretty dark, but to quote Wikipedia:

...it is ranked today as "one of the most famous short stories in the history of American literature".
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Thanks, Dazrin. The Lottery, on the other hand, is not in the public domain, as nothing by Shirley Jackson is. I agree that it is one of the best (and also seemingly ubiquitous) short stories ever written.
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Thanks, Dazrin. The Lottery, on the other hand, is not in the public domain, as nothing by Shirley Jackson is. I agree that it is one of the best (and also seemingly ubiquitous) short stories ever written.
Hmmm, sorry. Didn't check that, but as was written in 1948, I assumed it might be somewhere.
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Hmmm, sorry. Didn't check that, but as was written in 1948, I assumed it might be somewhere.
Shirley Jackson died in 1965, so her books will enter the public domain in "life+50" countries (eg Canada) on 1st Jan 2016, and in "life+70" countries on 1st Jan 2036. But not the US public domain for much longer.
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