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Welcome To Thresholds

September 21st 2017

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:

The Fractured City in The Third Man

November 22nd 2017

SHORT STORY ADAPTATIONS: this month, Dr. CHRIS MACHELL looks at the film adaptation of Graham Greene's short story 'The Third Man': 'It's certainly rare for authors to capitulate to the changes made to their adaptations, much less admit that those changes improved on the original work.'

Grist: The Men in H.E. Bates’ ‘The Mill’

November 20th 2017

MIKE SMITH examines the role of men in H.E. Bates’ short story 'The Mill': 'With such stories it is easy to focus exclusively on what we might call ‘the victim,’ and on the outcome, but it’s worth also looking at members of the ‘supporting cast’ whose lives, behaviours and attitudes enable and create the events in which the protagonist is enmeshed...'

Citizen: The New Story Festival

November 15th 2017

KAY GILMORE reports on this year's CITIZEN: THE NEW STORY event where a range of writers attempt to adress the questions 'who are we?' and 'where do we belong?'

The Remembered City

November 13th 2017

GEOFFREY HEPTONSTALL visits the streets of Shelagh Delaney's Salford: 'Neither straightforward autobiography nor wholly imagined fiction could achieve the clarity that these distilled moments of life evoke...'

Washington Irving’s Tales of the Alhambra

November 8th 2017

GRAHAM A. LANDON explores the story behind the stories of Washington Irving's 'Tales of the Alhambra': 'Unlike many collections of short stories, Irving’s book is not merely a selection of random tales, but is rather an intricate network of interconnected fables, many forming stories within stories, some supplemented by the author’s own imagination, and some derived from his actual experiences at the location.'

Getting Intimate with Place

November 6th 2017

STORY DISCUSSION: Author MARY O'DONNELL discusses the importance of place in the short story: '...That’s what’s needed when we consider ‘place’. A knowledge of it as intimate as our own skin, and a sense of how to get behind that skin as we turn the wheels of imagination and bring into being a work which will be all the more memorable for having been defined by place.'

Short Story Masterclass with… Mark Haddon

November 1st 2017

PODCAST: In the second instalment of this year's Short Story Masterclass podcasts, Jac Cattaneo talks with award-winning author Mark Haddon about relishing havoc, writing into the gaps left by mythology, exploring the landscape of the body, and leaving the reader guessing.

Haunted State

October 30th 2017

As Halloween approaches, BRENDAN O'DEA delves into the pages of Irish Ghost Stories, edited by David Stuart Davies: 'this anthology provokes in me a sense of pride for the Irish ghost story, and reminds me that there is something cathartic about a well-written story where the protagonist is completely transformed as a result of an encounter with a ghostly presence…'

Katherine Mansfield – A Cruel Talent?

October 25th 2017

DAVID BUTLER finds cruelty in the pages of Katherine Mansfield's stories: 'I would argue that Mansfield’s aesthetic is frequently more disquieting, even cruel – in the sense that her acquaintance D. H. Lawrence called Dostoevsky’s talent cruel…'

Story: ‘The Bearded Lady’ by Annelies Verbeke

October 23rd 2017

STORY: We are delighted to offer you 'The Bearded Lady', a short story in translation from Belgian author Annelies Verbeke: 'Just as no one can combat the greying of the population by dying their hair, so Emmy Debeuckelaer could not keep her sorrow at bay by giving herself a good shave…'

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