Short Story Collections

"For the source of the short story is usually lyrical. And all writers speak from, and speak to, emotions eternally the same in all of us: love, pity, terror do not show favorites or leave any of us out." - Eudora Welty, On Writing, The Optimist's Daughter.

"But you have to know where to stop. That is what makes a short story. Makes it short at least." - Ernest Hemingway, The Art of the Short Story, The Old Man and the Sea.

Let's keep this short. You will find a number of fine collections of short stories in our bookstore.
Well-crafted examples of storytelling in the short form. Quick reads, but long remembered. All collections and anthologies are priced under $4, often about a dime a story.
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Murder In Key West 4Murder In Key West 4
Murder and Mayhem in Paradise (Book Four)

Edited by Shirrel Rhoades, $3.99 ebook, $14.95 paperback
Key West serves as backdrop for some of the world’s best mystery stories. Here is the fourth collection of murder and mayhem in Paradise, a keep-you-up-at-night anthology featuring ten leading writers. Buy and/or Read More >>>

Strangers in My Mind Strangers In My Mind
by David Porteous $3.99 ebook; $14.95 paperback
A member of the North Fork Writers Group, David Porteous breaks out with a remarkable collection of short stories. As he says, “The stories are not autobiographical, but while the characters reveal facets of my views, they came to me with personalities and situations formed. Buy and/or Read More >>>

Shadow of a SoldierShadow of a Soldier
Army Tales From an Unpublished Diary & Other Orphan Stories,

by William R. Burkett, Jr. $3.99 ebook, $14.95 paperback
While serving as a husky young MP in Europe, noted sci-fi author Bill Burkett kept a diary of his misadventures, encounters, romances, and sightseeing. Later, he turned these scribblings into what he calls Brautigans. Buy and/or Read More >>>

Hearing With Your Eyes Hearing With Your Eyes
by Jack Mazur $3.99 ebook, $14.95
By now you may have discovered Jack Mazur’s blog, “Jack and his palm trees,” wry observations that emanate from his bunker in Key West. His stories often revolve around his beer-swizzling pal Joe Beans. We have collected here more of these tales. Buy and/or Read More >>>

Murder in Key West 3Murder in Key West 3,
edited by Shirrel Rhoades, $3.99 ebook, $14.95 paperback
Key West serves as backdrop for some of the world’s best mystery stories. Here is the third collection of murder and mayhem in Paradise, a keep-you-up-at-night anthology featuring ten leading writers who explore the dark side of the Southernmost point in the continental US. Buy and/or Read More >>>

Not Quite NovellaNot Quite Novellas
edited by Edward Squires, $2.99 ebook, $9.95 paperback
Here we have collected 10 of our favorite short stories by AAeB authors – a touch saucy, offering insights into the human heart, always well told. An entertaining blend of storytelling selected by short story aficionado Edward Squires.
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Circle City Slam7 Voices (Volume One)
by the North Fork Writers Group, $3.99 ebook, $14.95 paperback
In this notable anthology you will find more than two-dozen stories and reflections.The seven voices in this volume are Teresa Taylor, Gene Rackovitch, David Porteous, Kit Storjohann, Joyce DeCordova, Jean Schweibish, and Susan Rosenstreich. Buy and/or Read More >>>

Murder in Key West 2Murder in Key West 2,
edited by Shirrel Rhoades, $3.99 ebook, $14.95 paperback
Key West serves as backdrop for some of the world’s best mystery stories. Here is the second collection of murder and mayhem in Paradise, a can’t-put-it-down anthology featuring eleven leading Key West mystery writersBuy and/or Read More >>>

Lost PlanetsLost Planets And Rediscovered Science Fiction Manuscripts
edited by Shirrel Rhoades,
$3.99 ebook, $14.95 paperback
Many of the sci-fi short stories in this never-before-published anthology have been lost in file cabinets, desk drawers, and attics. Here are 16 new and/or all-but-unknown futuristic tales. Buy and/or Read More >>>

The Illustration of Tommy T.The Illustration of Tommy T. & Other Short Stories
by G.J. Cook, $3.99 ebook, $14.95 paperback
When he's not making music, Blues Hall of Famer Jersey Slim (A/K/A George Cook) writes short stories, songs, and poetry. This imaginative collection of 8 short stories take you inside a very special world where you'll follow Tommy T. as he seeks to cover his body in tattoo . . . Buy and/or Read More >>>

The Sad Demise of HenryThe Sad Demise of Henry And Other Key West Musings
by Jack Mazur, $3.99 ebook, $14.95 paperback
Some of you may have stumbled across Jack Mazur’s blog, "Jack and his palm trees," coming to you from his bunker in Key West. Here he muses about life (and death) on this zany island sometimes called Key Weird. His stories often involve Joe Beans . . . Buy and/or Read More >>>

Almost HavanaAlmost Havana
by Fred and Chris Belland, $3.99 ebook, $14.95 paperback
This is like two books in one, two collections of short stories by two brothers writing independently of each other, but with a common thread. Here you will find stories about people and events in Florida and the Caribbean -- so close to Cuba they call it Almost Havana. Buy and/or Read More >>>

Three Memorable Short StoriesThree Memorable Short Stories
by William R. Burkett, Jr., $1.99 ebook
These three short stories are an excellent introduction to the writings of William R. Burkett, Jr. With the ring of autobiographical observations, this trio gives you a glimpse into his idiosyncratic world peopled by oddballs and eccentrics. Buy and/or Read More >>>

Darkest NightDarkest Night
By Bill Craig, $2.99 Kindle Single
After catching a serial killer in The Butterfly Tattoo, Joe Collins walked away from being a cop. In Paradise Lost, Joe is back into police work to solve a string of serial kidnappings. But what happened to Joe in between? To find out . . . Buy and/or Read More >>>

Webley 45Webley .45 And Other Short Stories,
by R.K. Simpson, $3.99 ebook, $14.95 paperback
There is real diversity in the short stories that make up the Webley .45 collection. You may even find that one or two of these stories "will drift like phantom companions along the edges of your mind" long after you meet them in this captivating book. Buy and/or Read More >>>

The Jazz BuyerThe Jazz Buyer
by Hal Howland, $3.99 ebook, $14.95 paperback
From Acrophobia to Oratorio to Public Sex, the themes found in Hal Howland's collection of short stories are eclectic. What do you do when your CIA dad disappears is the question posed in "Dad Fakes His Death and Goes West."
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Cities and WomenCities & Women
by Hal Howland, ebook $3.99, paperback $14.95
An amazing collection of short stories from Key West writer and musician Hal Howland, you will encounter several popular characters from Howland’s previous titles and introduces a world of unforgettable newcomers.
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Russias BestRussia's Best Short Stories (Illustrated)
edited by Thomas Seltzer, ebook $3.99, paperback $14.95
From Chekhov to Gorky, Pushkin to Dostoyevsky, Russian writers have long been celebrated for their excellent short fiction. Even Tolstoy, the author of War and Peace, one of the longest novels ever written, wrote short stories.
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Love Conquers AllLove Conquers All (Illustrated)
by Robert C. Benchley,
$2.99 ebook; $14.95 paperback
This is the second of fifteen collections of Benchley's humorous essays and book reviews. While some references are dated, Benchley's rapier-sharp wit will amuse and entertain you. Buy and/or Read More >>>

Killer in ParadiseThe Illustrated Diary of Adam and Eve,
by Mark Twain, $2.99
Collected together are three satiric treatises on Adam and Eve, the first family. From the witty pen of Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens), we get a glimpse at their supposed diaries, an insightful commentary on the relationship between man and woman. Buy and/or Read More >>>

Love StoriesLove Stories
Mary Roberts Rinehart, $1.99
Although best known as a mystery writer (she's been called America’s Agatha Christie), Mary Roberts Rinehart also had a romantic streak. Trained as a nurse before she turned to writing, she liked to pen love stories about nurses and doctors. Buy and/or Read More >>>

Waiting for Something to HappenWaiting For Something To Happen And Other Short Stories
by Bill Lorraine, $3.99
This amazing collection of short stories from Bill Lorraine has to be at the top of your reading list. From the title story to "The Playing Field," these stories will take you from the tree-shrouded streets of Key West to the hardwood hammocks in sight of the Oversees Highway. Buy and/or Read More >>>

Screwed Blu'd and TattooedScrewed, Blu’d And Tattooed (And Other Stories)
by Reef Perkins, $3.99
Meet Blu Yunger, a wild and wooly young traveler who will take you for quite a ride in his fast Ford Fairlane. Along the way you’ll meet the beauteous Fakyah Aineedair, Big Roid Bagwith, and Trout Bender.
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Newspaper GypsyNewspaper Gypsy
by William R. Burkett, Jr.
The career of a newspaper journalist told as a series of short stories, each more fascinating than the one before. This saga of a reporter's career is real enough to be true. Buy and/or Read More >>>

Flappers and PhilosphersFlappers and Philosophers (Illustrated)
by F. Scott Fitzgerald $2.99
Another entry into the Absolutely Amazing eBooks series of Illustrated Classics, this nearly forgotten collection of Jazz Age short stories by Fitzgerald takes on a new life with over 100 colorful photographic illustrations. Buy and/or Read More >>>

The Pea-Green Boat The Pea-Green Boat and other unsettling stories
by William R. Burkett, Jr. $3.99
Ever read a story that made the hairs on your arms stand up? Well, get ready for a few unexpected chills as you read this new collection of short stories from the pen of William R. Burkett, Jr. Each of these stories are slightly off-center, just enough to be . . . unsettling. Buy and/or Read More >>>

Father Brown Saves The Day Father Brown Saves the Day, (Illustrated)
by G.K. Chesterton, $2.99
Father Brown is a short, nondescript Roman Catholic priest whose insight into human evil makes him gifted at solving crimes. Unlike Sherlock Holmes who uses deductive reasoning, this little cleric tends to be more intuitive in his detecting skills.
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Prize Winners Prize Winners
by Dale Dapkins $3.99
Prizewinning short stories by a great gonzo writer. In addition to twice winning the prestigious Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition, he's a trained psychologist and antique rug merchant -- a backg round as diverse as his stories, a genre he dubs "social science fiction." Buy and/or Read More >>>

Without Fangs Bram Stoker, Without Fangs, Book One, (Illustrated),
edited by Hollis George, $2.99
Bram Stoker is the author of Dracula, but he also wrote a number of novels and short stories that had nothing to do with vampires. We've collected some of his lesser-known works in this new series and they’re all richly illustrated.
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Dracula’s Guest And Other Visitors (Illustrated) Dracula’s Guest And Other Visitors (Illustrated),
by Bram Stoker, $1.99
Here’s the missing chapter from Dracula, plus eight other little-known short stories from the master of horror. Also included is a rare interview with Bram Stoker. And you get a Bonus Story by Bram Stoker not found in other such collections.
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Prize Winner Stew
With Small Dogs Prize Winner Stew With Small Dogs
by Dale Dapkins, $3.99
This gonzo fiction of 6 short stories and poems takes you from "Church of the Bunny" to "The Train," from "The Story of Thomas Mann" to "Bite Me – An American Story," from "Pandemic" to "Big Buddha" . . . each a wild literary journey.
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Murder in Key West Murder in Key West and Other Island Mysteries,
edited by Shirrel Rhoades,
Key West serves as backdrop for some of the world’s best mystery stories. Eight of Key West's leading mystery writers are collected into one volume.

Snowing A Little In Paris Snowing A Little in Paris, And Other Cold War Stories
by William R. Burkett, Jr.,
Another masterful collection of short fiction.

The Venice Stories The Venice Stories,
By Randolph W.B. Becker
These mesmerizing short stories offer a dozen glimpses into the experience of Venice, written during the author's sabbatical stay in Cannaregio

Shorts Of All Sorts Shorts of All Sorts,
by Brewster Chamberlin,
A unique collection of short stories, poems, and plays by the author of Love's Poison and Other Poems . . .

Mean Grey Old MorningMean Grey Old Morning, by William R. Burkett, Jr.
"Immolation of someone else's diary was not how I had planned to start my day – it was a mean grey old morning, but I didn’t know then that was what to call it . . ." From surveillance of a yellow convertible in South Carolina to conversation with a streetwalker . . .Buy and/or Read More >>>

Four Fingers Four Minute Mysteries Four Fingers Four Minute Mysteries,
by Shirrel Rhoades,
14-plus murder mysteries, each solved in four minutes or less by an ex- NYPD homicide detective named Wharton "Four Fingers" Dalessandro.