Robert Louis Stevenson by Lloyd Osbourne (1870)

Robert Louis Stevenson by Lloyd Osbourne (1870)

This is our list of 1000 Great Short Stories of All Time. To the best of my knowledge no list, book, film or otherwise exists like this one. This will be the first list of it’s kind, ever, again as far as I know. In doing a first list you really hope to do it best, but with a 1000 stories on the list, it will make doing it well very difficult, so, as with our list of poems, we need your help. Please make suggestions in the comments section. We want to get 1000, right now we are in the 80s, so this isn’t going to be easy. I’ve seen a lot of top 50 list for short stories, but top 1000 is again, unheard of.

Why do a list like this? It’s pretty simple really, guidelines. It helps people find great short stories they want to read. It also, we hope, will help with a consensus. Right now if I say name the top 10 short stories of all time, you’ll get 10 different answers from 10 different writers. When you say, what about story X, those 10 writers would likely say well it’s one of the greatest, but not in my top 10. So I’m not trying to make a list of 1000 greatest short stories that put Poe at 1 now and forever. I’m creating a list that people can point to and say, I agree, it might not be number 10 on the list, but it is among the 1000 best of all time. To that end we don’t have to worry about the exact order. We just have to come up with 1000 great stories.

They should, I think, be measured simply right now, what stories have you read that have either stood the test of time or WILL stand the test of time. Developing criteria I think should come later too. Right now we are look for 1000 stories, when we hit 2000 suggestions I’ll worry about definitive list of criteria.

So help us out. I want to see if this can be done. Any suggestions are welcome. Here is the list of the first 80 or so, I’ll come up with 100 more soon, and I will add any suggestions to the list that I agree with. Also, please have some fun with this. Any misspellings or mistakes, feel free to point them out.

1000 Greatest Stories of All Time

A Good Man Is Hard to Find by Flannery O’Connor
A Hunger Artist by Franz Kafka
An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Beirce
Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr
The Lottery by Shirley Jackson
The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell
The Rockinghorse Winner by D.H. Lawrence
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty by James Thurber
The Snows of Kilimanjaro by Ernest Hemingway
The Swimmer by John Cheever
The Use of Force by William Carlos Williams
The Very Old Man with Enormous Wings by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
A & P by John Updike
A Clean, Well-Lighted Place, by Ernest Hemingway
A Day’s Wait by Ernest Hemingway
A FIGHT WITH A CANNON by Victor Hugo
A LONELY RIDE by Bret Harte
A Pair of Silk Stockings by Kate Chopin
A Pair of Silk Stockings by Kate Chopin
A Passion in the Desert, by Honoré de Balza
A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner
A Sound of Thunder, by Ray Bradbury
An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce
ARABY by James Joyce
Borges and I by Jorge Luis Borges
Boys and Girls by Alice Monro
Bullet in the Brain by Tobias Wolf
Cathedral by Raymond Carver
Dead Man’s Path by Chinua Achebe
Died and Gone to Vegas by Tim Gautreaux
Dracula’s Guest by Bram Stoker
Dubliners by James Joyce
HOW MUCH LAND DOES A MAN NEED? by Leo Tolstoy
How to Date a Brown Girl (Black Girl, White Girl, or Halfie) by Junot Díaz
I Stand Here Ironing by Tillie Olsen.
I Want to Live! by Thom Jones
I, Robot by Issac Asimov
Love of a Good Woman by Alice Munro
MY RED CAP by Louisa M. Alcott
Nine Stories by JD Salinger
Paul’s Case by Willa Cather
PRESENT AT A HANGING by Ambrose Bierce
Rape Fantasies by Margaret Atwood
That Evening Sun, by William Faulkner
THE BET by Anton Chekhov
The Bottle Imp by Robert Louis Stevenson
THE CELEBRATED JUMPING FROG OF CALAVERAS COUNTY by Mark Twain
THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON by F. Scott Fitzgerald
THE DEVIL AND TOM WALKER by Washington Irving
The Door, by E. B Whit
THE FALSE GEMS by Guy De Maupassant
THE FORTIETH FRENCH ASCENT OF MONT BLANC by Jules Verne
The Garden Party by Kathleen Mansfield
The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry
The Hitch-Hikers by Eudora Welty
THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW by Washington Irving
THE MAGIC SHOP by H. G. Wells
The Man Who Would be King by Rudyard Kipling
THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH
THE Monkey’s Paw by W.W. Jacobs
THE NIGHT FACE-UP by JULIO CORTAZAR
The Open Boat, by Stephen Crane
The Other Side of the Hedge by E.M. Forster
The Other Woman by Sherwood Anderson
The Outcasts of Poker Flat, by Bret Harte
THE REAL THING by Henry James
The Red-Headed League by Arthur Conan Doyle
The Resemblance Between a Vilin Case and a Coffin by Tennessee Williams
The Russian Prioner by Ha Jin
The Secret Sharer by Joseph Conrad
The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber by Ernest Hemingway
THE SISTERS by James Joyce
THE TELL-TALE HEART by Edgar Allen Poe
The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
THE YELLOW WALLPAPER by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Thom Jones, The Pugilist at Rest
To Build a Fire by Jack London
Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? By Joyce Carol Oates:
Why Don’t You Dance by Raymond Carver (Film)
Will You Please Be Quiet, Please? by Raymond Carver
Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne