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16 min read stories

Discover a collection of stories which are around 16 minutes read time.

15 min read


* Story contains bad language

In a lovely urban coincidence, the last two houses on our block were both occupied by widows who had lost their husbands in Eastern European pogroms. Dad...

16 min read


* Story contains bad language

Twice already Marie had pointed out the brilliance of the autumnal sun on the perfect field of corn, because the brilliance of the autumnal sun on the...

16 min read

Paddy & Veronika

* Story contains bad language

From the Czech Republic, her name was Veronika Markova, twenty-two years old, and she was sitting on their sofa, with Max on her lap, although the interview...

17 min read

Kavita & Dr Mehrotra

She might have saved money by opting for the usual Bombay taxi: cramped, fumy, with no air-conditioning and a few gods on the dashboard. Instead, Kavita...

14 min read

The Meme

Was it just because Keith’s upper arms wobbled as he shouted and fell; because he was – let’s face it – fat? Was that why ours rather than a billion other...

16 min read


* Story contains bad language

We gathered for the last time in October, under the pretense of discussing a novel that was currently bobbing along in the zeitgeist like a rubber duck at...

13 min read

In the Cemetery Where Al Jolson is Buried

A woman whose friend lays dying in a hospital—and weep, both because it's utterly devastating (yet somehow laugh-out-loud funny?)

18 min read

The Monkey's Paw

Without, the night was cold and wet, but in the small parlor of Lakesnam Villa the blinds were drawn and the fire burned brightly. Father and son were at...

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An Affair of State

Paris had just heard of the disaster of Sedan. The Republic was proclaimed. All France was panting from a madness that lasted until the time of the...

14 min read

A Coward

Society called him Handsome Signoles. His name was Viscount Gontran-Joseph de Signoles.An orphan, and possessed of an adequate income, he cut a dash, as the...

14 min read

The Chapel

Set in the tropical island of Trinidad in the Caribbean. This is a story of quick lust and long revenge - with an ironical twist at the end.

14 min read


This world is so wrong, and we must make it right.