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Welcome To Thresholds

December 8th 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:

FEATURE_Reading-street-Peter Kirkeskov Rasmussen

An Interview with an Elusive Writer

January 21st 2015

In a special follow-up post to his shortlisted feature, Stephen Devereux interviews the elusive author Helen Harris, gaining insight into her writing processes, her choice of narrative perspective, and teaching creative writing...


Fairy Tales and Thomas Hardy

January 19th 2015

CHRISTINE GENOVESE considers the influence of fairy tales on the short stories of Thomas Hardy: 'The magic in ‘The Fiddler of the Reels’ is illusory. Hardy does not pull rabbits out of hats. That would upset the balance...'

FEATURE_Stromness_ Alan Jamieson

On George Mackay Brown

January 14th 2015

FRANCESCA CREFFIELD explores the life and writing of George Mackay Brown: '...once I started reading the stories I was immersed in a rich culture of storytelling unlike any I had ever known before. Gone were the creative writing rules of beginning, middle and end...'


No Story Without Trouble

January 12th 2015

PRATIBHA CASTLE takes a reflective look at Kevin Barry's award-winning short stories: 'Barry’s stories creak with trouble. His words throb dark and heavy on the page. His landscapes are hostile...'


Subtle Brilliance

January 7th 2015

HAYLEY N. JONES learns some valuable writing lessons from 'The Lottery' by Shirley Jackson: 'Its brilliant subtlety draws me into a world that is both horrifying and horribly like my own...'

FEATURE_Victorian-house-snow_ keka marzagao

Festive Story: James Joyce’s ‘The Dead’

December 22nd 2014

In a special Christmas post, we bring you James Joyce's festive short story 'The Dead': 'Lily, the caretaker's daughter, was literally run off her feet. Hardly had she brought one gentleman into the little pantry behind the office on the ground floor and helped him off with his overcoat than the wheezy hall door bell clanged again and she had to scamper along the bare hallway to let in another guest...'


Short Story Masterclass with… Colin Barrett

December 17th 2014

PODCAST: In the final instalment of this Short Story Masterclass series, Jac Cattaneo talks with COLIN BARRETT about the things you leave out of a short story, fictionalised settings, and finding the ending of a story...


Dubliners at Christmastime

December 15th 2014

JOHN VERLING loses himself in The Essential James Joyce at Christmastime: 'I’d never thought of Joyce as a page turner, but I read ‘The Dead’ in double quick time, totally taken aback by its depth yet its simplicity...'

FEATURE_Oscar-Wilde_ William Murphy

The Unrecorded Stories of Oscar Wilde

December 8th 2014

ELEANOR FITZSIMONS discusses Oscar Wilde's ardent storytelling and the stories we never got to read: 'His own popularity was assured by his eagerness to entertain, to the extent that society hostesses took to including the words ‘to meet Oscar Wilde’ on invitations, in a bid to boost attendance at their gatherings...'

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