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Welcome To Thresholds

July 11th 2014

Welcome to THRESHOLDS: home of the international short story forum. Members can participate by joining our team of bloggers, entering into online discussions, and submitting material to Writing Exercises, Author Profiles, We Recommend and Discussions. Contact us at: thresholds@chi.ac.uk.

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Kaleidoscope Storytelling

September 17th 2014

ALEX RUCZAJ explores the shapes and patterns of story writing: 'In Kurt Vonnegut’s wonderful lecture on the shapes of stories, he draws curve after curve on his blackboard, showing the story arc – the ‘beautiful shapes’ that all traditional stories follow...'

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Samuel Beckett’s Ping

September 15th 2014

K.S. DEARSLEY has a closer look at Samuel Beckett's modernist short story 'Ping': 'Prentice called 'Echo's Bones' a 'nightmare' and when I first picked up 'Ping' I felt pretty much the same way. But the trick to appreciating this story is a simple one...'

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Prose that Packs a Punch

September 10th 2014

EMILY BULLOCK experiences the shock of connection in the writing of F.X. Toole: 'During my research I was constantly asked the question, Why Boxing? And my reply was: Have you ever read Rope Burns?'

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Australian Life in Suburbia

September 8th 2014

MARJORIE LEWIS-JONES recommends the short stories of Australian author Mark O'Flynn: 'His short stories simmer with suburban uneasiness, dislocation and melancholy, and voices that are both familiar and eccentric. They also tap the rich vein of comedy that lurks beneath life’s awkward and painful moments...'

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Writing In The Dark

September 3rd 2014

LYNDA NASH guides us through a selection of exercises to battle those writing demons: 'It’s difficult to write when your inner critic is telling you that your ideas are stupid, that you couldn’t string a decent sentence together to save your life, and that if you were a ‘proper writer’ you wouldn’t get blocked in the first place...'

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Eclecticism: How Unthology Works

July 23rd 2014

ASHLEY STOKES, editor of the Unthology series from UnthankBooks, talks to us about what he is looking for in short story submissions: 'When sifting through the submissions pile, we often come across the same one told over and over again. Recently, it’s been a middle-aged couple, on holiday in the Med, and one of them slopes off and has a crafty joint and thinks about a younger, more carefree self. Great storytellers take risks...'

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The Love Story of Annie Proulx’s ‘Brokeback Mountain’

July 21st 2014

Professor CHARLES E. MAY examines the love story of 'Brokeback Mountain' by Annie Proulx: 'The fact of the matter is: Jack and Ennis love each other – with tenderness, passion, and concern – and people who love each other in this way – regardless of their gender – desire to be physically close...'

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Love and Ageing in the Stories of Juan Goytisolo

July 16th 2014

PATRICIA DUFFAUD examines the short stories in Juan Goytisolo's The Party's Over - Four Attempts to Define a Love Story: 'We feel the heat, we see and smell the "piles of pressed grapes fermenting in the sun" and we are there, trapped with the characters inside their lives...'

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Abandoned

July 14th 2014

'From the story’s opening, there has always been violence lurking at the periphery, like the many tentacled horrors of a story by Lovecraft...' MORGAN OMOTOYE explores the darkness and beauty of Denis Johnson's short story 'Two Men'.

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