Short Stories

Gothic horror stories, traditional adventure tales and surreal fantasies – the Folio Society publishes a wide range of short story books. From collections by masters of the genre to anthologies of hilarious comic tales, each book includes original illustrations and features specially designed striking hardback bindings. See below for the list of Folio Short Story collections.

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A Circle in the Fire and Other Stories book

A Circle in the Fire and Other Stories

Flannery O'Connor

A collection of arresting short stories by the inimitable Flannery O’Connor, with illustrations by Deanna Staffo and an introduction by C. E. Morgan.

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The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories book

The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories

Angela Carter

Igor Karash won the second House of Illustration/Folio Society Illustration Award for his work on Angela Carter's seminal retellings of fairy tales.

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The Camberwell Beauty and Other Stories book

The Camberwell Beauty and Other Stories

V.S. Pritchett

William Trevor has selected and introduced 25 tales for this collection, acknowledging his debt to the author. V.S. Pritchett weaves his tales from the fabric of ordinary lives, the results by turns melancholy and nostalgic.

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The Complete Shorter Fiction book

The Complete Shorter Fiction

Herman Melville

With stories like ‘Bartleby, the Scrivener’ and ‘Billy Budd’, Melville’s short fiction is unmissable. Illustrated by Bill Bragg.

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Hemingway Short Stories book

Hemingway Short Stories

Ernest Hemingway

Twenty-six tales taken from every stage of Hemingway's career make up this collection.

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A Treasury of Mark Twain book

A Treasury of Mark Twain

Mark Twain

Mark Twain's reputation grew ever larger as the rest of the world caught up with his wickedly dry wit. In these stories, satires, travel pieces, speeches, letters and anecdotes, Twain pokes fun at himself and other Americans in places as diverse as the Mississippi riverboats and the castles of Europe.

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Mark Twain Collected Stories book

Mark Twain Collected Stories

Mark Twain

Mark Twain was a brilliant and prolific writer of short stories, using them to capture a dazzling variety of characters, landscapes and registers. This edition gathers nearly 50 of his greatest tales, revealing his extraordinary versatility.

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Metamorphosis and Other Stories book

Metamorphosis and Other Stories

Franz Kafka

Gregor Samsa wakes one morning to find himself transformed into a giant cockroach. In some of the most memorable short stories ever written, Kafka treads an tightrope between the surreal and the prosaic.

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The New York Trilogy book

The New York Trilogy

Paul Auster

Set in a distinctly noir New York, these three hugely influential and ground-breaking stories unnervingly meld fiction and reality. Winner of Best Illustrated Book at the 2009 V&A Illustration Awards.

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Seven Gothic Tales book

Seven Gothic Tales

Isak Dinesen

Captivating and darkly alluring, these brilliant short stories combine the supernatural themes of the gothic with shrewdly modern psychological insights. Introduced by Margaret Atwood.

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