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Old 06-12-2017   #11
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Re: What is the saddest short story you've ever read?

The Same Dog by Robert Aickman. Sad, bleak and horrifying.

Leonid Andreyev's The Seven Who Were Hanged made me cry.

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Re: What is the saddest short story you've ever read?

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The Same Dog by Robert Aickman. Sad, bleak and horrifying.

Leonid Andreyev's The Seven Who Were Hanged made me cry.
I challenge everyone here to read Andreyev's "Lazarus" without getting teary-eyed - it can't be done.

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Re: What is the saddest short story you've ever read?

"Birds" by Bruno Schulz, "A Room Forever" by Breece D'J Pancake.

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Re: What is the saddest short story you've ever read?

Quote Originally Posted by Raul Urraca View Post
Chekhov's story, "In the Ravine," moved me to tears. The detective son who loses his faith, commits counterfeiting, and is sent to prison; his wife, who has her infant scalded to death by her sister in law yet carries on- horribly sad.
I realised I had it on my shelves so read it last night and this morning.

I was moved. It's a tale of much yuugen. Aksinia is a truly nasty piece of work.

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Re: What is the saddest short story you've ever read?

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"Birds" by Bruno Schulz, "A Room Forever" by Breece D'J Pancake.
Ah, Breece D'J Pancake. I read him at UVA. All the more poignant because of his suicide.

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Re: What is the saddest short story you've ever read?

I would like to second "A Room Forever," as well as just about anything by Pancake.
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Re: What is the saddest short story you've ever read?

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Georg Heym's "Jonathan." It's about a young man who experiences unrequited love while getting his legs cut off in a dingy hospital room.

Heym's short stories are great. My favourite story from him is probably "Der Irre" ("The Maniac"?). It's hard to believe that this story is more than a 100 years old. It reads like the screenplay for a Tarantino movie.


The saddest stories i've ever read are "Coco" and "The Donkey" by Guy de Maupassant. Both of them are online for free:
Coco--Guy de Maupassant (1850-1893)
The Donkey--Guy de Maupassant (1850-1893)

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Re: What is the saddest short story you've ever read?

I found the love of my life.
She didn’t
-sad story...

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Re: What is the saddest short story you've ever read?

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I found the love of my life.
She didn’t
-sad story...
And they spent the rest of their lives trying to sell a pair of baby shoes (never worn).

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Re: What is the saddest short story you've ever read?

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"The Biscuit Position" by Bernard Wolfe.
This is from Harlan Ellison's Again, Dangerous Visions anthology.
I am not going to set up unfamiliar souls with a gotcha moment.
This is an unpleasant and disturbing story.
There is also a family pet involved.
Animal lovers, fair warning.
Wow, a bolt from obscurity! I read that a long.....LONG.....time ago!

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