First off, I want to say, I'm so impressed with PRETTY MONSTERS. Not only the author's stories, but the fact she got them published. Most of us read the advice that there's no market for YA short stories. There are some compilation books out there like ZOMBIES VS UNICORNS, but those books are for heavy hitter authors. Kelly Link got a whole book of them, and all her own. Sure, the paranormal slant helps and she has had a few books published...still, I'm impressed.
Now, the main point of this post is to share how much I love short stories.
It started for me back in junior high with Ray Bradbury.
Did anyone else have to read THE VELDT? And A SOUND OF THUNDER? Cripes, how I loved those. And I sought out more.
Like Poe And Vonnegut
And O. Henry
As you might have guessed by my choices, I prefer a zinger...Twilight Zone style. It doesn't have to be a happy ending, but I want a twist or two along the way that adds perspective to the whole thing. I'll read slice-of-life stuff, but I prefer a clear point to my short stories.
What about you? What kinds or whose short stories do you like to read or write?