- The Lottery by Shirley Jackson (1948)
This is a short story perfect for fans of dystopian fiction and horror, and I would also highly recommend Jackson’s novel The Haunting of Hill House.
- The Red-Headed League by Arthur Conan Doyle (1891)
I love the Sherlock Holmes books, particularly the short stories, and this is one of my favourites- it’s funny, light-hearted and with an exciting conclusion.
- The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J. K. Rowling (2007)
I like all of these stories, particularly ‘The Warlock’s Hairy Heart’, both as context for the world of Harry Potter and for their dark Brothers Grimm-esque aesthetic.
- The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka (1915)
This is probably one of the most famous novellas ever published, and the ending made me feel very sad and angry.
- The Lady and the Fox by Kelly Link (2014)
I read this story in My True Love Gave to Me, a Christmas themed YA short story anthology edited by Stephanie Perkins. I like all of the stories in this book, but Link’s story is my favourite.
- Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell (2016)
This is one of my favourite stories exploring fandom and first love, and is a really well structured novella.
- Ouroboros Ouzo by Jonathan L. Howard (2014)
This is a short story in the Johannes Cabal series, and I love how it provides some insight into Cabal’s character in a way that the structure of the full-length novels wouldn’t allow for. It’s enigmatic and invites further thought, as well as being relatively self-contained.
- Horowitz Horror by Anthony Horowitz (1999)
I read this collection of short stories a very long time ago, and can’t remember exactly which one was my favourite, but I remember being very disturbed by them all.
- Nocturnes by Kazuo Ishiguro (2009)
Again, I read this collection a while ago and remember liking their air of insight.
- The Neighborhood by Kelly Magee (2016)
This is a very well-written and disturbing short story that you can read here.