10 (More) Wonderful Short Stories to Read for Free Online

Around this time last year, we gave you a list of a few of our all-time favorite short stories that were available to read online for free. By now, we expect that you’ve read them all, so we thought it was high time to collect a few more. After the jump, ten more short stories that you can read for free — on your phone on the train, while pretending to work, printed out with a cup of tea on the couch — all of them guaranteed to be great (and a few that were suggested by readers on our first go-around). But of course, the Internet abounds with these, so if you’ve a generous spirit, you could even add to our list in the comments. Happy reading.


Tenth of December,” George Saunders

This is the title story from the collection that The New York Times called “The Best Book You’ll Read This Year.” It’s also brilliant, obviously, a coming of age story cut two ways, about life and death and monsters and men. And hey, you can also read nine other stories by Saunders online for free. Weekend: planned.