Kelly Link

50 of the Scariest Short Stories of All Time

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It’s that time of year again, when the pumpkins come out, the fake cobwebs are hung and we feel that dormant urge to be chilled, thrilled and spooked to our bones. Get out your flashlights, because a scary story awaits — actually, make that fifty of them. Now, there’s more to scary stories than goblins, ghouls, blood and your general horror — here there be monsters of many kinds, existential and literal, extraordinary and everyday. And remember: like beauty, fear is in the bloody eye of the beholder. So whether you yearn for classic horror or literary fiction guaranteed to make your skin crawl, read on. If you dare!
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50 Excellent Fabulist Books Everyone Should Read

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Fabulism, it seems, is having a moment — although whether it’s truly a trend is up for debate. Some might say it’s been right there, purring along, all this time, while others might blink and wonder what you’re talking about. Such is always the case with magic. But whether you’re a newbie or an old hat, there are always new corners of the fantastic to discover. So, here you’ll find 50 excellent novels and short story collections by fabulists, fantasists, and fairy-tale-tellers, literary books that incorporate the irreal, the surreal, and the …Read More

Book of the Week: ‘Magic for Beginners’ by Kelly Link

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Since there’s a holiday weekend coming up, this feels like a particularly appropriate time to talk about and celebrate Kelly Link — and more specifically Magic for Beginners, one of the best short story collections to come out in the last decade. Originally published by the smaller press Mariner Books in 2005, the book has just been reissued by Random House in anticipation of Link’s upcoming collection, due out in 2015. Though Magic for Beginners came out a little bit before the recent vogue for short stories, it — like the author herself — already has its devotees. In fact, Link has been praised up and down by big-name authors, counting everybody from Neil Gaiman to Karen Russell, Peter Straub, and Lev Grossman among her fans. And although she earns the sort of high praise that follows writers who’ve earned the insufferable “writer’s writer” tag, she’s also found that rare sweet spot of being both a true literary talent and a storyteller whose imagination seems to know no limits.
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35 Perfect Examples of the Art of the Short Story

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People can argue all day about the greatest novels, but there is never enough discussion about short story collections. In honor of the first exceptional example of 2014 — Leaving the Sea by Ben Marcus) and the fact that The New Republic is publishing short fiction again, we were inspired to come up with this list of essential collections by masters of the form and up-and-comers alike. Some entries in this canon are anthologies of an author’s complete works, while others are individual books that are perfect on their own; either way, these 35 volumes are required …Read More

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

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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.
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Lev Grossman on ‘The Magicians’ Trilogy, VIDA, and 5 Books Everyone Needs to Read

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Last night, Lev Grossman, author of The Magicians and The Magician King, and the book critic for Time, participated in the first-ever AMA (that’s Ask Me Anything, for the uninitiated) over in Reddit’s books subreddit. Since we’re fans of his, and always have our ears open for authors we like saying interesting stuff, we moseyed on over to see what we could learn. We suggest checking out the whole thing, but if you’re pressed for time, we’ve collected some of the most interesting bits after the jump.
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