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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.

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...'

Story: Cecilia Davidsson’s ‘Sunflowers’

June 28th 2017

STORY: We are delighted to bring you CECILIA DAVIDSSON’s short story 'Sunflowers', translated for the first time into English. 'Cecilia Davidsson is a writer and senior lecturer in Creative Writing at Linnaeus University in Växjö in the southern part of Sweden…'

Shame and the Modern Ache

June 26th 2017

ARIELLA DIAMOND gives a personal response to Rob Doyle’s short story collection This is the Ritual and examines its relationship to Joyce's Ulysses: 'The influences of Ulysses on this collection of stories is hard to ignore and, in its way, it is a kind of homage to the King of Modernism, it is a step forward into the future of Ulysses and I love every inch of it...'

Loitering and Sauntering

June 21st 2017

USCHI GATWARD explores the hidden depths of Dorothy Parker's short story 'The Standard of Living': 'If we didn’t know we were reading Parker, we’d know at least that we were reading irony. Annabel’s and Midge’s leisure is a temporary state, lasting the whole of Saturday afternoon – although, with that ‘stretched’, its horizons seem limitless…'

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