Short Stories on a Theme

There are times when it may be hard to focus on a long novel, so a short story might be a better choice. You can pick up a book of short stories and read one or all. Many compilations feature different authors coming together to focus on one theme and giving you a selection of stories in varying styles and genres to choose from. Short stories can be a fun break from your normal reading or a long thoughtful pause about the meaning hidden inside the story. I’ve provided a list of different types of short stories you can find as an eBook. Hopefully one will strike your fancy!

Echoes: The Saga Anthology of Ghost Stories,Image of book cover for Echoes edited by Ellen Datlow

A short story collection can never be complete for me without one edited by Ellen Datlow. I’ve read anothologies by Datlow since junior high. This anthology collects ghost stories together for a deliciously creepy time. Either read it now or wait until closer to Halloween; it’ll be a treat either way.

Image of book cover for Fresh InkFresh Ink: An Anthology, edited by Lamar Giles

This anthology takes current issues and a wide range of authors to give you amazing stories about diverse characters. This book was created in partnership with the We Need Diverse Book movement. It has short stories, a graphic short story, and a one-act play. These stories will span your feelings from cutesy warmth to heartbreaking.

Image of book cover for Three Sides of a HeartThree Sides of a Heart: Stores About Love Triangles, edited by Natalie C. Parker and Renee Ahdieh

Interested in a collection of Young Adult romance stories? All of these feature a love triangle to tie them together, though that term seems to be loosely used. Even with this thin string to connect them, the creativity is abundant in this collection with a lot of speculative fiction. I’m sure you’ll find these stories to be surprising and interesting.

Image of book cover for Transcendent.Transcendent: The Year’s Best Transgender Speculative Fiction, edited by K.M. Szpara

This collection uses science fiction and fantasy to explore transformative stories. These inclusive stories are a great read. They are heartfelt across genres, which range from time travel, to horror at high school, and more!

Image of book cover for Wings of RenewalWings of Renewal: A Solarpunk Dragon Anthology, edited by Claudie Arseneault and Brenda J. Pierson

Solarpunk is the optimistic side of steampunk; what if our future was positively built around environmental sustainability and social justice? It should leave you with an uplifting feeling and this collection of stories definitely does that. If you need a break from dystopias, try this anthology. It showcases amazing worldbuilding that will make you want to visit these fantastic places.

Please enjoy any of the books above, plus below I’ve included an extended list in case you are wanting more.

Parkland Speaks: Survivors from Marjory Stoneman Douglas Share Their Stories, edited by Sarah Lerner

How I Resist: Activism and Hope for a New Generation, edited by Maureen Johnson

Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America, edited by Ibi Zoboi and Tracey Baptiste

Murder at the Manor: Country House Mysteries, edited by Martin Edwards

Frankenstein Dreams: A Connoisseur’s Collection of Victorian Science Fiction, edited by Michael Sims

~posted by Meranda T.

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