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Welcome To Thresholds

June 9th 2016

Welcome to THRESHOLDS: home of the international short story forum, with over 80,000 visits per year. 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:


Happily Married

June 29th 2016

NICOLA DALY recommends the title story of Claire Keegan's debut collection, Antarctica: 'You may, at this point, feel you know where the story is going. The scenario seems a familiar one: a married woman longs for passion and excitement before middle-age take its toll. We journey with the woman as she makes a trip to an undisclosed city for an annual shopping trip. However, the story is shrouded in mystery and Keegan has a way of leading the reader up a certain path only to suddenly take us on a detour…'


The Weird Tale

June 22nd 2016

Editor of Unsung Shorts, GARY BUDDEN, takes us into the weird depths of speculative fiction: 'There is one sub-genre particularly well-suited to the short form, that goes under a number of names: the weird tale, the strange story, the New Weird, interstitial fiction, and many more…'

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The Beginning of the Short Story in England

June 20th 2016

PROFESSOR CHARLES E. MAY examines the battle between romance and realism in Daniel Defoe's 'A True Relation of the Apparition of One Mrs. Veal': 'Short fiction lies between the romance convention of presenting marvelous events and the realistic convention of presenting events as if they actually happened'.


For the Voiceless and the Invisible

June 15th 2016

SUSAN JAMES profiles the life and work of Ann Petry: 'She wrote about black lives, but her characters weren't heroes or martyrs. They were flawed. They struggled, and they were often desperate…'

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Two Ears, Three Lucks: A Profile of Grace Paley

June 13th 2016

KATE JONES profiles the career of Grace Paley: 'The stories she left behind tell the tales of the everyday, ordinary people, often women, who live and breathe both on and off the page.'

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Reading Saadat Hassan Manto in an Age of Dislocation

June 8th 2016

FARAH AHAMED considers the life and work of Saadat Hassan Manto: 'His characters are not defined by the way they look, but by what they are doing in the present moment. His descriptions are not sensory observations but rather unsentimentally observed settings for particular events.'

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Under The Surface

June 6th 2016

SOPHIE REID reveals the unsettling depths in Daphne du Maurier’s short stories: ‘… they offer complete worlds, ask questions, and leave you wanting more. Many explore themes of what it is to be human, the darkness in our minds, and the darker sides of life.’


A Littery and Eddicated Man

June 1st 2016

MIKE SMITH delves into Stacy Aumonier's short story 'A Man of Letters' and discovers where this writer's intellectual standards really lie: 'He sets himself a difficult task, because his eponymous hero is a working class chap with atrocious spelling and a weak grasp on language…'


Tales of a Traveller

May 30th 2016

Longlisted in the 2016 Competition, GINA CHALLEN discovers Australia through the tales of Louis de Bernières: 'The tales themselves are straightforward in the telling, uncomplicated, and de Bernières’ simple language creates a style that resonates with the rhythms and cadence of the spoken word…'

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