Featured Short Stories

All the Short Stories Discussed on Literary Roadhouse

For your convenience, here is a list of free short stories we have read on the Literary Roadhouse podcast. We cannot guarantee the links will stay current, but if a source is hard to read or no longer up, you should be able to find the stories though a Google search, your local library, or Amazon.

Episodes 1 thru 20  | 21 thru 40 | 41 thru 60 | 61 thru 80 | 81 thru 100 | 101 thru 120 | 121 thru 140 | 141 thru 160

Episodes 141 thru 160

Poetry by Greg Jackson (Ep. 160)

The Seraph and the Zambesi by Muriel Spark (Ep. 159)

Bread and Wine by Mike Chapman (Ep. 158)

The Hanging Stranger by Philip K. Dick (Ep. 157)

Saint Bus Driver by J. E. McCafferty (Ep. 156)

Exquisite Corpse by T Magazine (Ep. 155)

The Second Bakery Attack by Haruki Murakami (Ep. 154)

The Skylight Room by O. Henry (Ep. 153)

Us and Them by David Sedaris (Ep. 152)

Omakase by Weike Wang (Ep. 151)

Chaunt by Joy Williams (Ep. 150)

House Taken Over by Julio Cortázar (Ep. 149)

The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry (Ep. 148)

The Adulterous Woman by Albert Camus (Ep. 147)

A Sound of Thunder by Ray Bradbury (Ep. 146)

The Bet by Anton Chekhov (Ep. 145)

Birdsong by Jahnavi Barua (Ep. 144)

The Signal-Man by Charles Dickens (Ep. 143)

Roman Fever by Edith Wharton (Ep. 142)

Enough for Me by Becca Krock (Ep. 141)

Episodes 121 thru 140

An Occurrence at Owl Creek by Ambrose Bierce (Ep. 140)

The Crowd by Ray Bradury (Ep. 139)

The Five-Forty-Eight by John Cheever (Ep. 138)

A Rich Man by Edward P. Jones (Ep. 137)

The Mark on the Wall by Virginia Woolf (Ep. 136)

Passage by Kevin Jared Hosein (Ep. 135)

The Diamond as Big as the Ritz by F. Scot Fitzgerald (Ep. 134)

The Dinner Party by Joshua Ferris (Ep. 133)

Stone Mattress by Margaret Atwood (Ep. 132)

Christmas Party by Russell Banks (Ep. 131)

Landfill by Joyce Carol Oates (Ep. 130)

Sal Wants to Sleep by Serena Johe (Ep. 129)

That Evening Sun by William Faulkner (Ep. 128)

William and Mary by Roadl Dahl (Ep. 127)

Defender of the Faith by Philip Roth (Ep. 126)

The Bottle Neck by Hans Christian Andersen (Ep. 125)

Carnival Nine by Caroline M. Yoachim (Ep. 124)

The Proxy Marriage by Maile Meloy (Ep. 123)

The Drowned Giant by J. G. Ballard (Ep. 122)

And of Clay Are We Created by Isabel Allende (Ep. 121)

Episodes 101 thru 120

Who Will Greet You at Home by Lesley Nneka Arimah (Ep. 120)

The Kitchen Child by Angela Carter (Ep. 119)

Wyatt Thurst by Brendan Bowles (Ep. 118)

Marry the Sea by Marie-Helene Bertino (Ep. 117)

Laughing and Turning Away by Patrick Holloway (Ep. 116)

Once Removed by Colette Sartor (Ep. 115)

The Trial for Murder by Charles Dickens (Ep. 114)

After the Race by James Joyce (Ep. 113)

Insomnia by Hannah Rahimi (Ep. 112)

Hills Like White Elephants by Ernest Hemingway (Ep. 111)

Kew Gardens by Virginia Woolf (Ep. 110)

Monkey’s Paw by W. W. Jacobs (Ep. 109)

The Story of the Girl Whose Birds Flew Away by Bushra al-Fadil (Ep. 108)

The Wig by Han Dong (Ep. 107)

Measures of Time by Andrea Eberly (Ep. 106)

Good People by David Foster Wallace (Ep. 105)

The Autumn of the Patriarch by Gabriel García Márquez (Ep. 104)

The Case of Four and Twenty Blackbirds by Neil Gaiman (Ep. 103)

Gravel by Alice Munro (Ep. 102)

Ingénue by Deborah Wong (Ep. 101)

Episodes 81 thru 100

The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin (Ep. 100)

The Swimmer by John Cheever (Ep. 99)

Man From the South by Roald Dahl (Ep. 98)

Kilifi Creek by Lionel Shriver (Ep. 97)

Martha, Martha by Zadie Smith (Ep. 96)

Referential by Lorrie Moore (Ep. 95)

The Ways You Are Gone by Kami Westhoff (Ep. 94)

Nightfall by Isaac Asimov (Ep. 93)

And It Is My Fault by Janet Towle (Ep. 92)

The Goophered Grapevine by Charles W. Chestnutt (Ep. 91)

Herding Vegetable Sheep by Ekaterina Sedia (Ep. 90)

The Last Question by Isaac Asimov (Ep. 89)

The Street by H. P. Lovecraft (Ep. 88)

All the Assholes in the World and Mine by Charles Bukowski (Ep. 87)

Wildwood by Junot Diaz (Ep. 86)

It Had To Be Murder by Cornell Woolrich (Ep. 85)

Mastiff by Joyce Carol Oates (Ep. 84)

Depth Perception by Laura M. Gibson (Ep. 83)

Handicap by Elizabeth Chandler (Ep. 82)

Memento Mori by Nathan Nolan (Ep. 81)

Episodes 61 thru 80

Restoration by Ann Joslin Williams (Ep. 80)

A Silver Dish by Saul Bellow (Ep. 79)

Strays by Mark Richard (Ep. 78)

Miss Temptation by Kurt Vonnegut (Ep. 77)

Bad Latch by Curtis Sittenfeld (Ep. 76)

The Looking Glass by Anton Chekhov (Ep. 75)

Silver Blaze by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Ep. 74)

Life in Stone, Glass, and Plastic by José Pablo Iriarte (Ep. 73)

A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings by Gabriel García Márquez (Ep. 72)

Escape from New York by Zadie Smith (Ep. 71)

The Dog of Tetval by Saadat Hasan Manto (Ep. 70)

Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut (Ep. 69)

What Splits Us by Mark Farrington (Ep. 68)

La Cuesta Encantada by Colette Sartor (Ep. 67)

The Snows of Kilimanjaro by Ernest Hemingway (Ep. 66)

Attitude Adjustment by Tim Gautreaux (Ep. 65)

The Rat King by Kerry Cullen (Ep. 64)

A Handful of Dates by Tayeb Saleh (Ep. 63)

Ghost Birds by Nicolas Pizzolatto (Ep. 62)

Drone by Hari Kunzru (Ep. 61)

Episodes 41 thru 60

Queenie by Alice Munro (Ep. 60)

Delira by Hitomi Kanehara (Ep. 59)

Switzerland Today by Michael Chabon (Ep. 58)

Drinking Coffee Elsewhere by ZZ Packer (Ep. 57)

The Lottery by Shirley Jackson (Ep. 56)

In The Act Of Falling by Danielle Mclaughlin (Ep. 55)

Three Questions by Leo Tolstoy (Ep. 54)

Thank You Ma’am by Langston Hughes (Ep. 53)

Escape From Spiderhead by George Saunders (Ep. 52)

The Story Of A Painter by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya (Ep. 51)

Monstress by Lysley A. Tenorio (Ep. 50)

The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman (Ep. 49)

Prepositions by Lionel Shriver (Ep. 48)

Years End by Jhumpa Lahiri (Ep. 47)

Kudzu by Andrea Bobotis (Ep. 46)

Arrangements by Charles Watts (Ep. 45)

Wagons, Ho! by Padgett Powell (Ep. 44)

Happy Endings by Margaret Atwood (Ep. 43)

Cities I’ve Never Lived in by Sarah Majka (Ep. 42)

The Nightingale and the Rose by Oscar Wilde (Ep. 41)

Episodes 21 thru 40

I Told You I’d Buy You Any-thing You Wanted So You Asked For a Submarine Fleet by Owen Booth (Ep. 40)

The Necklace is by Guy de Maupassant (Ep. 39)

The Semplica-Girl Diaries is by George Saunders (Ep. 38)

Housebreaking by Sarah Frisch (Ep. 37)

The Largesse of the Sea Maiden by Denis Johnson (Ep. 36)

The Piano Tuner by Peter Meinke (Ep. 35)

Black Box Jennifer Egan (Ep. 34)

Not From Here by Angela Mitchell (Ep. 33)

The Nose by Nikolai Gogol (Ep. 32)

The School by Donald Bartelme (Ep. 31)

Bloodchild by Octavia Butler (Ep. 30)

The Half-Skinned Steer by E. Annie Proulx (Ep. 29)

Sonny’s Blues by James Baldwin (Ep. 28)

The Start of the Affair by Nuruddin Farah (Ep. 27)

The Empty Family by Colm Tóibín (Ep. 26)

Cathedral by Raymond Carver (Ep. 25)

Safe, Somewhere by Baird Harper (Ep. 24)

In the Cemetery Where Al Jolson is Buried by Amy Hempel (Ep. 23)

The Servant’s Daughter by Paulo Coelho (Ep. 22)

Sodom and Gomorrah by Adam Mcomber (Ep. 21)

Episodes 1 thru 20

The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas by Ursula Le Guin (Ep. 20)

The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe (Ep. 19)

Axolotl by Julio Cortázar (Ep. 18 )

What We’re Sure Of by Brandi Reissenweber (Ep.17)

Birdsong by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Ep. 16)

To Build a Fire by Jack London (Ep. 15)

The Veldt by Ray Bradbury (Ep. 14)

Constance’s Law by Bridget Hardy (Ep. 13)

Tony Takitani by Haruki Murakami (Ep. 12)

Everything That Rises Must Converge by Flannery O’Connor (Ep. 11)

The Most Handsome Drowned Man in the World by Gabriel García Marquez (Ep. 10)

The Old Man at the Bridge by Ernest Hemingway (Ep. 9)

The Magic Chalk by Kobo Abe (Ep. 8)

The Laughing Man by J.D. Salinger (Ep. 7)

The Hasselblad by Jocelyn Johnson (Ep. 6)

Amundsen by Alic Munro (Ep. 5)

Eminence by Caroline Casper (Ep. 4)

The Circular Ruins by Luis Borges (Ep. 3)

The Cheater’s Guide to Love by Junot Diaz (Ep. 2)

The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin (Ep. 1)