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Welcome To Thresholds

June 28th 2017

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: thresholds@chi.ac.uk.

Story: Cecilia Davidsson’s ‘High Mountains, Deep Valleys’

September 18th 2017

STORY: We are delighted to bring you CECILIA DAVIDSSON’s short story 'High Mountains, Deep Valleys', translated for the first time into English: 'We drive into Grimsdalen after putting seventy Norwegian kronor into a roadside box by the barrier, and as the landscape opens up I hear Nils from the back seat saying something in a gruff voice. He’s not spoken a word since we got into the car this morning…'

Gothic Imagination in ‘The Fall of the House of Usher’

September 13th 2017

SHORT STORY ADAPTATIONS: this month, Dr. CHRIS MACHELL examines Roger Corman's gothic adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe's 'The Fall of the House of Usher': 'House of Usher is perhaps Corman's most interesting adaptation in that, departing quite drastically from Poe's narrative, it still captures the excess of Poe's gothic aesthetic. Retaining the histrionics of Poe's story, Corman's House of Usher represents Poe's imaginative hyper-reality with vivid, saturated colour, a wildly over the top central performance from Vincent Price, and a pulpy, kitsch sensibility…'

Seen in Mirrors

September 11th 2017

MIKE SMITH finds a short story hidden in the pages of Arthur Miller's autobiography: 'I got the distinct sense that I was reading a very good, well-structured and polished short story … a story beautifully told, with a clear beginning…'

Interview: Alison MacLeod on Anton Chekhov

July 19th 2017

INTERVIEW: In this exclusive interview, Alison MacLeod talks with Zoe Gilbert about three of her recent short stories – collected in all the beloved ghosts – inspired by Anton Chekhov, discussing the subtle humours of his work, his lightness of touch and his anti-heroic view of human nature.

The Voice Imitator: Thomas Bernhard’s Existence Machine

July 17th 2017

TOBY PARKER REES looks at life and death in Thomas Bernhard's laconic short story collection, The Voice Imitator: 'The qualities of the individual stories are important – they are funny, quietly affecting and beautifully composed – but it is the accrued silence between them that gives The Voice Imitator its heft...'

A Light Fringe of Snow

July 12th 2017

SHORT STORY ADAPTATIONS: this month, Dr. CHRIS MACHELL explores the film adaptation of 'The Dead', one of James Joyce's most celebrated short stories: 'Although he was American, Huston had Irish citizenship and famously loved the country. It is surely apt, then, that the words of his final film should have come from one of Ireland's most renowned writers, but more than that, that those words are a reflection on the inevitable falling of vitality into mortality…'

How to Perform an Exclamectomy

July 10th 2017

Author MARY O'DONNELL guides us through an excision of the exclamation mark in fiction: 'So, how to perform what I call an Exclamectomy? For most of us, it’s actually a question of becoming more aware of the sound of things, and of the voice in which a phrase is uttered…'

I Think We’re All Thinking About Lena

July 5th 2017

KATE SMITH dives into the uncomfortable world of a short story by Julie Orringer: '‘Pilgrims’, the story that opens Julie Orringer’s collection How to Breathe Under Water, is remarkable and satisfying in its own right, and, once you’ve read the whole collection, to re-read ‘Pilgrims’ is to hear not only the clarity of its own notes but something of those of the stories to come…'

Three Uneasy Pieces

July 3rd 2017

CHRISTINE GENOVESE finds the uneasiness of Patrick White's last three stories: 'To me he’s one of the world’s great writers of magic realism with a touch of mysticism. His writing style is trenchant and studded with surprises...'

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