9 Unforgettable Fantasy Short Stories

These stories prove concise fantasy can be just as powerful as multi-book epics. 

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Story: "The Dauntless," by Sam Hooker

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A Midnight Clear

By Sam Hooker, Alicy Levya, Laura Morrison, Cassondra Windwalker, Dalena Storm, Seven Jane

Story: "Delusion for a Dragon Slayer," by Harlan Ellison

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I Have No Mouth & I Must Scream

By Harlan Ellison

Story: "Woeful Tales from Mahigul," by Ursula K. Le Guin

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Changing Planes

By Ursula K. Le Guin

Story: “You, Little Match Girl” by Joyce Carol Oates

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Black Heart, Ivory Bones

By Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling

Story: “The Truth Is a Cave in the Mountains” by Neil Gaiman

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"The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains"

By Neil Gaiman

Story: "The Snow Train," by Ken Liu

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Genius Loci: Tales of the Spirit of Place

By Jaym Gates

Story: "The Jewbird," by Bernard Malamud

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The Complete Stories

By Bernard Malamud

Sotyr: "A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings: A Story for Children," by Gabriel García Márquez

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Leaf Storm and Other Stories

By Gabriel García Márquez

Story: "Unpopular Gals," by Margaret Atwood

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Good Bones and Simple Murders

By Margaret Atwood