I love when people start talking about short stories and yesterday over at LitReactor Richard Thomas
got the ball rolling with his list of the ten best short stories. More were added by other people in the comments then John Horner Jacobs posted a list on his blog, followed by Jane Hammons with Steve Weddle posting his there in the comments.
UPDATE: Steve has revised his list and posted it over at Do Some Damage
Now these are all great lists and I've read many of the stories but these seem to be all "Literary" lists. So, I thought I'd throw out a bit of a genre list. These are stories that I've read and enjoyed over the years, ones that have stuck with me even if they aren't considered classic shorts. In no particular order:
1. The Payoff by Stanley Ellin
2. A Jury of her Peers by Susan Glaspell
3. Lamb to the Slaughter by Roald Dahl
4. Murder at the Automat by Cornell Woolrich
5. A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner And yes, I know it's considered literary but it's a crime story at heart.
6. One Dollar's Worth by O. Henry No short story list is complete without an O Henry story. This is one of his lesser known stories but well worth the read.
7. Warrior's Farewell by Edward D. Hoch Another short story writer who should be on everyone's list and Warrior's Farewell is one of his darkest.
8. Red Wind by Raymond Chandler
9. Don't Look Behind You by Fredric Brown
10. The Cage by Ray Russell
I'd also like to add Richard Matheson's I Am Legend though its 160 pages falls into novella territory. Everyone should be reading Matheson.
So, that's my list. Feel free to add your list in the comments.