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Welcome To Thresholds

June 25th 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.

Editor Interviews: Rebecca O’Connor, The Moth

July 18th 2018

As part of our new series featuring the editors of literary magazines, David Frankel speaks with Rebecca O'Connor, from The Moth.

Off the Page and Into Our Lives

July 16th 2018

MELISSA FU finds writing inspiration within the pages of CG Menon's debut collection, Subjunctive Moods: 'This many-layered story is heady with a sense of old ghosts clutching old grudges and snickering at new mischief. I was struck by how different the settings and tones were in the two pieces, but the writing was equally captivating in both…'

Fifty Pounds by Weight in Ashes

July 11th 2018

MIKE SMITH examines the authorial commentary of Rudyard Kipling’s story ‘The Eye of Allah’: 'Set in the monastery of St Illod it tells of the artist John of Burgos, who early on in the story, travels abroad to find ‘new devils’ to draw, to buy pigment, and to visit his ‘Infidel’ and pregnant unofficial wife…'

By the Mouth and for the Ear

July 9th 2018

NICOLE MANSOUR responds to the rhythm of William Gass's short stories: 'In truth, this musical heartbeat underpins much notable creative prose. And perhaps one of the finest modern examples of it can be found in American writer William Gass’s seminal collection of short stories, In the Heart of the Heart of the Country…'

Teleological Cinema: Film as Language in Arrival

July 6th 2018

SHORT STORY ADAPTATIONS: this month, Dr. CHRIS MACHELL takes us into alien territory with Denis Villeneuve's film adaptation of Ted Chiang's 'Story of Your Life': 'Villeneuve restructures the themes of Chiang's text to explore the ways that the visual language of cinema represents time as an experiential phenomenon shaped by memory and emotion…'

Hanging on to Dear Life

July 2nd 2018

‘The machinery of grace is always simple.’ Michael Donaghy, in his poem ‘Machines’, writes this of the blind leaps that love requires of us – faith’s gung-ho disregard for gravity. ‘So much is chance…' PENNY BOXALL finds the emotional landscape of Alice Munro's short story 'Amundsen' is a delicate balancing act.

Dazzled

June 27th 2018

More than twenty years after his first encounter with 'Kleist in Thun', BEN WINCH continues to be dazzled: 'each time I gaze into that mirror—a mirror-within-mirror, and therefore, if the angle’s just right, a particularly dazzling one—I see a different face. '

What I Feel When I Talk About Short Stories

June 25th 2018

TRACY FELLS explores the emotional resonance of three very different short stories: 'When you read a short story that thwacks an emotional punch or haunts your daydreams then you have to talk about it. I read at least one short story daily, so what prompts me to talk about specific pieces…?'

Alive and Dreaming Wide Awake

June 20th 2018

NAOMI FOYLE looks at Arab Sci-Fi in the pages of 'Iraq +100: Stories From a Century After the Invasion': 'a landmark anthology of short stories in a scintillating variety of genres and tones, a book of riveting ulterior visions...'

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