“The winter solstice marks both the start of winter and the shortest day of the year. So why not take advantage of the long winter night to curl up with a good short story?” ~ Nancy Christie, founder of Celebrate Short Fiction Day
Celebrate Short Fiction Day occurs each year on December 21. These classic American short stories are all available from the library digitally, via Hoopla Digital. Download the Hoopla app and you can read or listen on your phone or other device.
Gift of the Magi by O. Henry
A young married couple short on funds faces the challenge of buying Christmas gifts for each other.
The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen
A barefoot girl tries unsuccessfully to make money for her family by selling matches on the street.
To Build a Fire by Jack London
The tale of a solitary traveler on the Yukon Trail accompanied only by his dog as they endure the extreme cold.
An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce
Peyton Farquhar, a southern planter, is about to be hanged by the Union Army for attempting to destroy the railroad bridge at Owl Creek.
A Dark Brown Dog by Stephen Crane
A young boy finds a homeless dog, desperate for love, and brings him into his home.
The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe
On his deathbed, Montresor tells a chilling tale of revenge from fifty years before.
Eve’s Diary by Mark Twain
Written in diary form, Eve offers a first-person account of her relationship with Adam, life in Eden, and their experiences after the Fall.
The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin
Louise Mallard has just learned that her husband is dead-believed to have died during a train accident.
A Horseman in the Sky by Ambrose Bierce
Set during the Civil War, a lookout in the Union army sees a mounted confederate spy across the river.
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
Sleepy Hollow, a supposedly haunted glen on the outskirts of Tarry Town, is home to a particularly ghoulish fiend – the Headless Horseman – who is said to be the specter of a fallen soldie
The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe
Our narrator plots to murder an old man, though the narrator states that he loves the old man, and hates only his evil pale blue eye.
Bartleby, the Scrivener by Herman Melville
An elderly lawyer is confounded by his new scrivener’s response to requests to work.
The Purloined Letter by Edgar Allan Poe
C. Auguste Dupin is approached by the prefect of the police to help with a case that involves a stolen letter containing compromising information.
A Jury of Her Peers by Susan Glaspell
Two women investigate the murder of a friend’s husband.
The Lottery by Shirley Jackson
A small town engages in a sinister annual ritual to ensure a good harvest.