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Welcome To Thresholds

May 15th 2018

Welcome to THRESHOLDS: home of the international short story forum, with hundreds of thousands of visits since the site's creation in 2010. 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.

Food in Exile

June 18th 2018

FARHANA SHAIKH explores the homeliness of food in Jhumpa Lahiri's debut collection: 'In Lahiri’s Interpreter of Maladies food is more than just sustenance, it is purpose, priority and preoccupation…'

An Interview with Sean Preston, Editor of Open Pen

June 13th 2018

In the first of our new series featuring the editors of literary magazines, David Frankel speaks with Sean Preston, editor of Open Pen Magazine.

Venus and Mars on a Winter Break

June 11th 2018

JO COLE finds that women are still from Venus and men are still from Mars in Hilary Mantel's short story 'Winter Break': 'Science demonstrates that the differences between men and women are real. Women have 11% more neurons in the brain’s hearing areas than men so consequently can hear better.'

In Him a Bestial Cruelty

June 6th 2018

DR CHRIS MACHELL discusses the themes of James Bond stories and their adaptations: '…as the films were not produced in the sequence of the books' publication, continuity between stories was usually either abandoned altogether or significantly rejigged. This method of adaptation resulted in the films often bearing little resemblance to their source texts…'

The Wood That Starts the Fire

June 4th 2018

A.J. ASHWORTH identifies with the transformative power of chopping wood in Raymond Carver's 'Kindling': 'It’s not always obvious why some stories stay with us, why they seep into the small tributaries in our brains, colouring our minds like ink in water. Sometimes the reason a story resonates may be more obvious though.'

But What Have I Said?

May 30th 2018

ALISON GIBBS examines how characters are shaped by politics in Nadine Gordimer's short story, 'The Catch': 'While Nadine Gordimer was known for both her fiction and her outspoken opposition to apartheid in her native South Africa, she always insisted that politics was not the driving motivation for her stories.'

Moons Blackened with Coal Dust

May 28th 2018

ALISON ARMSTRONG explores the dark and sometimes violent world of Breece D'J Pancake's short stories: 'The hard-hitting stories are set in rural West Virginia, where the characters labour to survive in a blighted landscape of failing farms, industrialised remnants of mines, and nature struggling to reassert itself.'

Enough to Drive Anyone Mad

May 23rd 2018

ROSEMARY GEMMELL looks at Charlotte Perkins Gilman's classic short story, 'The Yellow Wallpaper': 'When a work of fiction receives the comment that "such a story ought not to be written", it surely begs the reader to find out why, especially when the critic claims "it was enough to drive anyone mad".'

Hemingway’s Secret

May 21st 2018

Shortlisted in the 2018 Feature Writing Competition PETER JORDAN examines the influence of dyslexia and the paintings of Cezanne on the short stories of Ernest Hemingway: ‘The defining qualities of Hemingway’s minimalist writing — short sentences, short paragraphs, the short concrete word over its longer equivalent, mistrust of subordinate clauses, omission, and suggestion — here perfectly characterise dyslexic writing…’

A Spy of The Mind

May 16th 2018

Shortlisted in the 2018 Feature Writing Competition NICOLE MANSOUR looks at the short fiction of Sam Shepard: ‘His words evoke anticipation, the unknown that lies ahead of all of us. To me they also suggest something of the power of the present moment, about not tying oneself too tightly to any one of those loose ends but rather letting oneself simply unravel in whatever way fate intends…’

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