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Thousands of free short stories online in 14,000 books at the Internet Archive. Be patient as the page loads. A few examples: John Updike Trust Me stories of husbands and wives and lovers, Noel Coward the Complete Stories, E. M. Forster short stories, English Short Stories, Classic American Stories, Short Stories by Langston Hughes, Short Stories by Great American Writers, William Accorsi Short Short Short Stories, Classic Welsh Stories, Sherwood Anderson Short Stories, Leo Tolstoy Short Stories, W. Somerset Maugham 30 Great Short Stories, Famous Chines Short Stories, African Stories, French Stories, German Stories, American Negro Short Stories, Jeffrey Archer Collected Short Stories, Classic Irish Stories, Exciting Short Stories, Chris Crutcher Athletic Short Stories, Joy Williams Short Stories, Spoiled Brats Short Stories, Golf Short Stories, Irwin Shaw Short Stories, Jack London Short Stories, Spanish Short Stories, Australian Short Stories, Russian Short Stories, German Short Stories, American short stories, Contemporary American Stories, Modern Irish Stories, Best-Loved Short Stories, Great British Stories, Famous Short Stories Analyzed, D. H. Lawrence Selected Short Stories, Edith Wharton Short Stories, Brazilian Stories, Uzbekistan Stories, South African Stories, Modern Italian Stories, Newfoundland Stories, Modern Irish Stories, Soviet Stories, Best American Short Stories 2006, Hungarian Stories, Modern European Stories, Great English Stories, Scottish Stories, Oscar Wilde Short Stories, Donald Gallow Short Stories, short scary stories, Stuart Dybek Short Stories, Pete Hamill Stories, Lisa Ruffolo Short Stories, short stories for kids, Icelandic Stories, The Best American Short Stories 2009, Hindi Stories, Frederick Forsyth Short Stories, Clare Boylan Short Stories, Zambia Stories, Rudyard Kipling Short Stories, Isaac Asimov Short Stories, Mark Twain Short Stories, and more.

Short Fiction Online – American Short Stories Collection

Thousands of short stories online free in 1,900 free online books at the Internet Archive. A few examples: Dorothy Parker Short Stories, many anthologies of American short stories, Best Women’s Erotica, Philip K. Dick short stories, Simple Gifts by Jude Deveraux and Judith McNaught, Katherine Anne Porter short stories, Larry Niven short stories, A Gift of Love by Judith McNaught, Robert A. Heinlein short stories, Tales of Erotic Romance, The Shell Collector by Anthony Doerr, Stephen King goes to the movies, The Best American Short Stories of the Century, Fifty Best American Short Stories, The Return to the Twilight Zone, 20th Century American Short Stories, Girls Night Out, John O’Hara Gibbsville PA, Under a Glass Bell, Anais Nin short stories, Jimmy Buffett Tales from Margaritaville, Sudden Fiction American Short Short Stories, The Best American Short Stories 1943, The Year’s Best Science Fiction, Best Women’s Erotica 2008, Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Short Fiction, Scary Stories that will Make You Scream, The Book of Fantastic Literature by Women, Short Fiction by Hispanic Writers, Gallery of Horror, short scary stories, Raymond Carver short stories, The Haunted Hour, Major American Short Stories, Mammoth Book of Gay Short Stories, Andre Dubus Selected Stories, Oxford Book of Scary Tales, The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror 2012, Great Stories of the American West, Spider Woman’s Granddaughters, and more.

‘Collections’ take longer to appear on your screen than single books.  On a phone, only about 25 books in a collection of hundreds may appear.  You can instead use a PC to find books of interest while logged into Internet Archive and “favorite” them, so you can easily access them later on your phone or tablet.

Short Fiction Online – American Children’s Stories Collection

Thousands of free short stories online for kids in 1,900 free books at the Internet Archive. Includes: The Cat in the Hat, The Stinky Cheese Man, 30 Tales to Give You Goosebumps, Disney Scary Storybook Collection, Beverly Cleary Henry Huggins, Nancy Drew Ghost Stories, Goosebumps Monster Edition, Encyclopedia Brown, Dare to Be Scared, Double Dork Diaries 2, Disney’s Christmas Storybook, R. L. Stine the Third Horror, Tales from the Crypt, Uncle Arthur’s Bedtime Stories, The Hardy Boys Ghost Stories, Scary Stories for Sleepovers, Walt Disney’s Treasury of Children’s Classics, The Curse of the Campfire Weenies, Your Favorite Seuss, Disney Read to Me Treasury, 365 Bedtime Stories, Vampire and Werewolf Stories, Tamora Pierce Realms of the Gods, Arnold Lobel Fables, Casper Ghost Stories, Cathy Ann Johnson African American Stories, Princess Bedtime Stories, Scary Stories for Stormy Nights, and more. Children’s short stories online.

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Short Fiction Online – Canadian Short Stories Collection

Numerous free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Short Stories, Canadian”. Be patient as the page loads. Includes: Linda Holeman Flying to Yellow, Margaret Atwood Dancing Girls, Budge Wilson Cordelia Clark, Alice Munro Dance of the Happy Shades, Shani Mootoo Out on Main Street, Absolutely Amazing Five Minute Mysteries, Penguin Book of Canadian Short Stories, Alice Munro Friend of My Youth, Great Canadian Short Stories, Monique Proulx Aurora Montrealis, Martha Brooks Paradise Café, Moccasin Thunder American Indian Stories, Selections from Major Canadian Writers, Vincent Lam Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures, From Ink Lake Canadian Short Stories, Toronto Short Stories, Henry Kreisel The Almost Meeting, Barry Callaghan The Black Queen Stories, Great Canadian Animal Stories, Fist of the Spider Woman, Common Ground Stories by Women, Jack Hodgins Spit Delaney’s Island, Rhonda Douglas Welcome to the Circus, Stephen Leacock short stories, short scary stories, Lois Braun The Pumpkin Eaters, Richard Cumyn The Young in their Country, Sandra Birdsell Agassiz Stories, Andrew Borkowski Copernicus Avenue, Leon Rooke The Last Shot, Saleema Nawaz Mother Superior, Stories from Western Canada, short stories for kids, funny short stories, Budge Wilson the Courtship, Two Lands New Visions Stories from Canada and Ukraine, Leon Rooke Painting the Dog, Write Across Canada, Zsuzsi, Gartner Better Living through Plastic Explosives, and more. Best short stories online, short stories online read.

Short Fiction Online – Modern Short Stories

Ashmun, Margaret Eliza, ed.

Contents: The cask of Amontillado, by E. A. Poe; The return of a private, by H. Garland; Mateo Falcone, by P. Merimee; The hiding of Black Bill, by O. Henry; The substitute, by F. Coppee; Rip Van Winkle, by W. Irving; The thief, by F. Dostoievski; The king of Boyville,by W. A. White; The father, by B. Bjornson; What was it? a mystery, by F. J. O’Brien; The real thing, by H: James; Dr. Heidegger’s experiment, by N. Hawthorne; A rose of the Ghetto, by I. Zangwill; Two friends, by G. de Maupassant; Aged folk, by A. Daudet; To build a fire, by J. London; Rhymer the second, by A. Morrison; A living relic, by I. Turgenev; The monkey’s paw, by W: W. Jacobs; A Christmas guest, by S. Lagerlof: The long exile, by L. Tolstoi. Short stories online read, read short stories online free.

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Index to Short Stories

Firkins, Ina Ten Eyck, comp.
Wilson 1915 Dewey Dec. 016.8

Author and title entries showing where to find in books or magazines short stories of about two hundred and fifty English and American authors; no author included who has not had one volume of collected stories published.- A.L.A. Catalog 1912-1921. Vintage short stories free online.

The Best Psychic Stories

French, Joseph Lewis, ed.

Stories by Jack London, Algernon Blackwood, Katherine Rickford, George Warton Edwards, Edgar Allan Poe, Elsa Barker, Lafcadio Hearn, Ambrose Bierce, William T. Stead, Fiona Macleod, Gambier Bolton, Hereward Carrington, Andrew Jackson Davis, St. John D. Seymour, Nizida, Helena Blavatsky, and Dr. Walter F. Prince. Psychic stories online to read.

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Great Sea Stories

French, Joseph Lewis, ed.

Fifteen excerpts illustrating the ‘virility and beauty’ of the sea as a source of really epic stories. They are chosen from Westward ho, Peter Simple, Tom Cringle’s log, Hard cash, Chamber’s miscellany, The red rover, Moby Dick, Ninety-three, Broken stowage, The wreck of the Grosvenor, An Iceland fisherman, In blue waters. Spun gold, South sea tales, and A tarpaulin muster. Free sea stories to read online, classic short stories online.

The Standard Index of Short Stories 1900-1914 – Public Domain Short Stories

Hannigan, Francis J., comp.
Small, Manard 1918 Dewey Dec. 016.8

Author and title index in one alphabet; includes all short stories published in twenty-four of the more important magazines.- A.L.A. Catalog 1912-1921. Public domain short stories.

The Best American Humorous Short Stories – Short Fiction Online

Audio Book

Jessup, Alexander, ed.

Contents: The little Frenchman and his water lots, by G. P. Morris; The angel of the odd, by E. A. Poe; The schoolmaster’s progress, by C. M. S. Kirkland; The Watkinson evening, by E. Leslie; Titbottom’s spectacles, by G. W. Curtis; My double, and how he undid me, by E. E. Hale; A visit to the asylum for aged and decayed punsters, by O. W. Holmes; The celebrated jumping frog of Calaveras County, by Mark Twain; Elder Brown’s backslide, by H. S. Edwards; The hotel experience of Mr. Pink Fluker, by R. M. Johnston; The nice people, by H: C. Bunner; The Buller-Podington compact, by F. R: Stockton; Colonel Starbottle for the plaintiff, by B. Harte; The duplicity of Hargraves, by O.” Henry; Bargain day at Tutt House, by G: R. Chester; A call, by G. M. Cooke; How the widow won the deacon, by W. J. Lampton; Gideon, by W. Hastings. Funny short stories online, public domain short stories.

The Best Short Stories of 1916 and the Yearbook of the American Short Story – Public Domain Short Stories

O’Brien, Edward Joseph, ed.

Contents: The sacrificial altar, by G. Atherton; Miss Willett, by B. Benefield; Supers, by F. Booth; Fog, by D. Burnet; Ma’s pretties, by F. Buzzell; The great auk, bv I. S. Cobb; The lost Phoebe, by T. Dreiser; The silent infare, by A. C. Gordon; The cat of the cane-brake, by F. S. Greene; Making port, by R: M. Hallet; “Ice water, pl—!” by F. Hurst; Little selves, by M. Lerner; The sun chaser, by J. Marks; At the end of the road, by W. J. Muilenburg; The big stranger on Dorchester heights, by A. du V. Pentz; The menorah, by B: Rosenblatt; Penance, by E. Singmaster; Feet of gold, by G. A. Smith; Down on their knees, by W. D. Steele; Half-past ten, by A. L. Tildesley. American short stories online, public domain short stories.

O. Henry Memorial Award Prize Stories of 1920 – Short Fiction Online – Public Domain Short Stories

Contents: Each in his generation, by M. S. Burt; “Contact!” by F. N. Hart; The camel’s back, by F. S. Fitzgerald; Breakneck hill, by E. Forbes; Black art and Ambrose, by G. Gilpatric; The judgment of Vulcan, by L. F. Hartman; The argosies, by A. Hull; Alma Mater, by O. F. Lewis; Slow poison, by A. D. Miller; The face in the window, by W. D. Pelley; A matter of loyalty, by L. Perry; Professor Todd’s used car, by L. H. Robbins; The thing they loved, by Marice Rutledge; Butterflies, by Rose Sydney; No flowers, by G. A. Smith; Footfalls, by W. D. Steele; The last room of all, by S. F. Whitman. Vintage short stories online, public domain short stories.

Atlantic Narratives; Modern Short Stories. Second Series – Public Domain Short Stories

Audio Book

Thomas, Charles Swain, ed.

Contents: The lie, by M. Antin; Blue reefers, by E. Ashe; The debt, by K. Carman; Seth Miles and the sacred fire, by C. A. P. Comer; Buried treasure, by M. de la Roche; The princess of make-believe, by A. H. Donnell; The two apples, by J. E. Dunning; The purple star, by R. H. Eastman; Ruggs—R. O. T. C, by W. A. Ganoe; The way of life, by L. Huffaker; A year in a coal-mine, by J. Husband; Woman’s sphere, by S. H. Kemper; Babanchik, by C. Krysto; Rosita, by E. Mackubin; Perjured, by E. R. Mirrielees; What Mr. Grey said, by M. P. Montague; A soldier of the legion, by E. Morlae; The Boulevard of Rogues, by M. Nicholson; What happened to Alanna, by K. Norris; Spend-thrifts, by L. S. Portor; Children wanted by L. Pratt; The squire, by E. Singmaster; Gregory and the scuttle, by C. H. Townsend; In November, by E. Wyatt; Biographical and interpretative notes. Listen to short stories online.

The Best American Short Stories 18 volumes (1981-2002) – Short Fiction Online

Various Editors
Houghton Mifflin 1981-2002 Dewey Dec. 016.8

This is a collection of 18 annual volumes in a series that began more than a century ago. Each of these volumes had a different guest editor, who led in selecting short stories from U.S. and Canadian magazines. American short stories free online, Canadian short stories online.

The Year’s Best Science Fiction – Annual Collections

Dozois, Gardner R., comp.
St. Martin’s

Annual collections of Science Fiction short stories, containing most volumes up to volume 29, published in 2012. This webpage of search results also contains other similar science fiction short story collections. Short scary stories, short horror stories online, dystopian short stories online.

The Year’s Best Fantasy Stories – Annual Collections

Saha, Arthur W., comp.
DAW

Annual collections of Fantasy short stories. This page has links to vols 7, 8, 9, 11, 12 & 13.

The Year’s Best Mystery and Suspense Stories – Annual Collections

Hoch, Edward D., comp.
Walker

Annual collections from 1982 to 1994 of Mystery and Suspense short stories. Short stories online mystery, short stories thriller.


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Librivox Short Story Collections in Audio – Vols 1-94 – Audio Short Stories Free

Here are 94 online audio books, each containing a diverse collection of about 20 short stories from the public domain, read in English by volunteers. Short fiction online.

Librivox Children’s Short Works Collections in Audio – Vols 1-39 – Audio Short Stories Free

Here are 39 online audio books, each containing a collection of about 15 short works for children in the public domain, read in English by volunteers. Free audio short stories online, short stories online for kids.

Librivox Short Mystery Story Collections in Audio – Vols 1-7 – Audio Short Stories Free

Here are 7 online audio books, each containing a collection of short mystery stories from the public domain, read in English by volunteers. Free audio short stories online, short detective stories online, short mystery stories online.

Librivox Short Science Fiction Collections in Audio – Vols 1-71 – Audio Short Stories Free

Here are 77 online audio books, each containing a collection of about 20 short science fiction stories from the public domain, read in English by volunteers. Short stories to listen online free, listen to science fiction short stories.

Librivox Short Ghost and Horror Collections in Audio – Vols 1-44 – Audio Short Stories Free

Here are 44 online audio books, each containing a collection of about 20 short ghost and horror stories from the public domain, read in English by volunteers. Free audio short stories online, short horror stories online.

Multilingual Short Works Audio Collections – Poetry & Prose – Vols 1-26 – Short Stories to Listen Online Free

Here are 26 audio books, each containing a collection of short pieces, poetry or prose, fiction and non-fiction, in several different languages, read by various volunteers. Free audio short stories online.

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Christmas Short Works Audio Collections – Annual Volumes 2006-2019 – Audio Short Stories Free

Here are 14 online audio books, each containing a collection of short pieces, including short stories, essays, poems, hymns, and scripture passages. They are in several languages, including English, and are read by volunteers. Short stories to listen online free.

The Best American Humorous Short Stories – Audio Short Stories Free

Audio Book

Jessup, Alexander, ed.

Contents: The little Frenchman and his water lots, by G. P. Morris; The angel of the odd, by E. A. Poe; The schoolmaster’s progress, by C. M. S. Kirkland; The Watkinson evening, by E. Leslie; Titbottom’s spectacles, by G. W. Curtis; My double, and how he undid me, by E. E. Hale; A visit to the asylum for aged and decayed punsters, by O. W. Holmes; The celebrated jumping frog of Calaveras County, by Mark Twain; Elder Brown’s backslide, by H. S. Edwards; The hotel experience of Mr. Pink Fluker, by R. M. Johnston; The nice people, by H: C. Bunner; The Buller-Podington compact, by F. R: Stockton; Colonel Starbottle for the plaintiff, by B. Harte; The duplicity of Hargraves, by O.” Henry; Bargain day at Tutt House, by G: R. Chester; A call, by G. M. Cooke; How the widow won the deacon, by W. J. Lampton; Gideon, by W. Hastings. Funny short stories online, short stories online for kids, free audio short stories online.

Great Pirate Stories – Audio Short Stories Free

Audio Book

French, Joseph Lewis, ed.

A companion volume to Great sea stories. This includes seventeen well-chosen stories of buccaneering and piracy, peopled with some of the most romantic figures that ever drew cutlass.
— Bacon, Corinne, compiler, Standard Catalog: Fiction Section (1923). Free audio short stories online, free online short stories.

Miscellaneous Poe Audio Collection: Poems and Short Stories by Edgar Allen Poe – Audio Short Stories Free

A collection of 19 short pieces by Edgar Allen Poe, read in English by volunteers. Total time 2 hrs 26 min. Includes Annabel Lee, The Raven, The Tell-Tale Heart, The Pit and the Pendulum, and many others. Free audio short stories online, short horror stories online.

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The Return of Sherlock Holmes – Audio

Here are 2 online audio books, containing a total of 25 Sherlock Holmes short stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. They are read in English by volunteers. Free audio short stories online, short fiction online.

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