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Stephen King Edits 2007 Best Short Stories Collection

Stephen King will be announced as the editor for the 2007 Best American Short Stories to be published by Houghton-Mifflin in October. The Best American Short Stories have traditionally been edited by best selling authors but perhaps not one with a publishing record as deep, varied and successful as Mr. King’s. Personally, I think Mr. King is a great editor for this series as he has written novellas and short stories and from his work demonstrates an understanding in the craft difference between a short story and a novel. Some of my favorite King stories and perhaps favorites of the American movie going population, are short stories such as Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption, The Body (adapted into Stand by Me), and the more recent, Stationary Bike.

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  1. Meljean
    Mar 22, 2007 @ 09:46:42

    I love his short stories. I think “The Mist” (which I guess is actually a novella) is my favorite of them, followed closely by “The Jaunt” and “Mrs. Todd’s Shortcut”.

    I wonder if this announcement will be followed by a lot of negative commentary on the literary value of his writing?

  2. Janine
    Mar 22, 2007 @ 20:50:43

    It might. If memory serves, Stephen King was on the jury for the O. Henry prize some years ago, too. And I think one of his short stories was awarded an O. Henry prize many years ago…

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