First of all, I love Jay’s penchant for short stories. He has encouraged me to pick up a genre I rarely do, and it has been a rich reading experience in years past to partake in the Deal Me In Challenge.
This year, I noticed a variation on the theme. There is an option for reading one short story a month called the Full Moon Fever Version in which the reader chooses to read one short story a month.
I have a great passion for Raymond Carver, and after watching The Twilight Zone Marathon on Sy-Fy over New Year’s Eve, I am especially eager to read from the collection of short stories by Richard Matheson (who wrote sixteen Twilight Zone episodes including “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet“).
So, choosing the suite of Hearts, I plan to read the following short stories in 2020:
❤️A “Counterfeit Bills“ by Richard Matheson
❤️K “Button, Button“ by Richard Matheson
❤️Q “Dress of White Silk“ by Richard Matheson
❤️J “Haircut“ by Richard Matheson
❤️10 “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet“ by Richard Matheson
❤️9 “Chef’s House” by Raymond Carver
❤️8 “A Small Good Thing” by Raymond Carver
❤️7 “The Train” by Raymond Carver
❤️6 “Cathedral” by Raymond Carver
❤️5 “Bernice Bobs Her Hair” by F. Scott Fitzgerald
❤️4 “The Rich Boy” by F. Scott Fitzgerald
❤️3 “Last Kiss” by F. Scott Fitzgerald
❤️2 “The Captured Shadow” by F. Scott Fitzgerald
I have simplified the list to include just three authors, but you know I will sneak in some stories by Haruki Murakami. “Birthday Girl” still haunts me from last January…and you? Will you be reading any short stories in 2020?