Favourite Stories

Choosing one of anything is too limiting. My Collection.


Favourite Short Stories

The Snake and Bad Tom by Olga Masters (When you click the link, it downloads as a PDF.) I love the way Masters shows how the children are indoctrinated into understanding who is the family scapegoat and getting on board with the abuse.

The Lottery by Shirley Jackson. I love Shirley Jackson shows the shadow side of society. For me, its a fab metaphor for the effect of what happens everyday with gossip.

Digital Diplomacy by Michael Sacco. Winner of the Australian Writers’ Centre Furious Fiction August 2020 Competition. I really enjoyed this story. Most people can relate to the intermittent, selfish relationship. I love the brevity of Michael’s writing and the way he lets the actions speak for themselves. I particularly like how Michael’s story plays with the concept of the short story occurring over a short period of time. Digital Diplomacy is a well executed story that’s laugh out loud funny.

Greasy Lake by T. C. Boyle. I loved everything about this story. The topic, the pace, the time, the blast from the past, the familiarity of the night the boys were having and who they were trying to be. Everything about it felt familiar as if I was riding in that car with them. I miss those days. Those times.

Favourite Collections

The Turning by Tim Winton. I love the way the overlapping stories in this collection gives such a vivid snapshot of a time and place.

A Constant Hum by Alice Bishop I

Shadowboxing by Tony Birch

This is How you Lose Her by Junot Diaz


Favourite Short Story Read Recently

Anyone Can Do It by Manuel Muñoz I loved Manuel Muñoz beautiful use of foreshadowing. At the end I wasn’t surprised, but was.

Anyone Can Do It by Manuel Muñoz Anyone who asked too hard really wanted something else.

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Published by Melinda

Melinda writes short stories to explore her obsession with the shades of grey and contradictions of being human.

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