Classic Twists
The short story genre has a proud history of shattering readers' perceptions with an unexpected final paragraph. Here we present a group of the most surprising and devious twists - from the tragic to the humorous by way of the downright sinister.
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An incident that takes place during the American civil war begins with a sentry asleep at his post. Neatly examines the personal amongst the duty and professionalism of war.
- Length: 7 pages
- Age Rating: PG
5 Stars
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A man stands on a railroad bridge; his wrists are bound with a chord, a rope encircles his neck. This story was adapted into the most popular ever episode of The Twighlight Zone.
- Length: 11 pages
- Age Rating: PG
5 Stars
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A poor woman borrows a necklace from a rich friend. Classic twisty tale.
- Length: 10 pages
- Age Rating: PG
5 Stars
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The events surrounding the birth of a child - the father a member of an important Louisiana family; the mother a woman found abandoned as a baby.
- Length: 7 pages
- Age Rating: PG
5 Stars
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A woman hears news of her husband's death.
- Length: 3 pages
- Age Rating: PG
5 Stars
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A young man searches for his lost love around the filthy bedsits of New York.
- Length: 7 pages
- Age Rating: PG
4 Stars
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It is not Pneumonia alone that is killing Johnsy - for some reason, she has resigned herself to death.
- Length: 7 pages
- Age Rating: PG
5 Stars
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An older woman goes for a walk in the park.
- Length: 5 pages
- Age Rating: PG
5 Stars
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A man takes his enemy to taste a rare wine - which he happens to keep at the far end of a vast, damp cellar.
- Length: 8 pages
- Age Rating: PG
5 Stars
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In this homage to Poe, two rival scholars are brought together when one discovers an important early Christian burial ground.
- Length: 15 pages
- Age Rating: PG
5 Stars
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A case which leaves a Lady of notoriously loose morals in a nunnery and her lover - a brilliant physician - in a vegetative state.
- Length: 12 pages
- Age Rating: PG
5 Stars
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by Saki
Frankly, Framton Nuttel doubted whether these formal visits on a succession of total strangers would do much towards helping his nerve cure.
- Length: 4 pages
- Age Rating: PG
5 Stars
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