Announcing the Sunday Story Society

After the expressions of interest, we’re going ahead! Here’s how it works: each fortnight, we’ll discuss a particular short story (which will all be available to read for free online, either in HTML for as a PDF). I’ll post a reminder on the Thursday beforehand, and the main post on the Sunday will round up commentary on the story that I could find online (feel free to post your thoughts on your own blog in advance if you wish) – then the floor (or comment thread) will be open to you.

We’ll start off with six stories, and see how it goes. I’d love to make this a regular feature if there’s enough demand. Here are the first selections, with dates and links to the stories:

22 July: “Black Box” by Jennifer Egan [discussion]

5 Aug: “Bombay’s Republic” by Rotimi Babatunde [PDF]

19 Aug: “Atlantic City” by Kevin Barry [PDF]

02 Sept: “The Merchant of Shadows” by Angela Carter

16 Sept: “Two Ways of Leaving” by Alois Hotschnig

30 Sept: “Drifting House” by Krys Lee

Please note, although there’s usually a fortnight between discussions, I’ve scheduled the first one for next week (this is to avoid a clash of dates later on). The Society has its own index on the blog (above), as well as a dedicated Twitter account and Facebook page.

So there we go.What do you reckon to the first selections?


  1. Good selection! I’m not familiar with any of them, so this should be a lot of fun.

  2. I second that.

  3. Sounds great! I’m away for the first one but I’ll definitely be reading along for the rest 🙂

  4. I think it’s a brilliant selection. Nicely done.

  5. Familiar with three authors but only one story so looking forward to trying the others for the first time.

  6. I’m very much looking forward to it — the only author I know is Angela Carter and I haven’t read this story of hers. Thanks David.

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