Um, let's see. I know you love "The Yellow Wallpaper." that's a great one. Also, of course, "The Turn of the Screw." I recommended "The Beckoning Fair One" to you awhile back. I think you liked it well enough, but not as much as I did. "Ringing the Changes" by Robert Aickman is a good one. Many people love H.P. Lovecraft. He's never really been my cup of tea. I'd go with "The Monkey's Paw" unless it's as thoroughly familiar in Buenos Aires as it is here. Or go old school with "The Fall of the House of Usher" or something.
This page has some truly disturbing stuff (not at all literary, though.)
I'll try to think of some good modern stories. (As you know, I'm not terribly fond of short stories.) How old are your kids? The best books of short stories that I've read in the past few years are Jesus' Son by Denis Johnson and The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien. Not really appropriate for kids. Likewise What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver, which I believe is from the early 1980s. I'll keep thinking.
: Anybody here know of a really good ghost story, a
: short story? I want to us it with kids in an English
: class, so it can't be too complicated, but I could
: simplify it myself if it's good. I suppose it could be
: some kind of monster or other horror story. It's for
: the class closest to Halloween.
: And while I'm on the subject, I'd like to start a
: reading class with short stories. I've tried before,
: but I think I have a better venue now. I'd like to use
: some more contemporary stories, by which I mean
: stories published since 1980. I'd offer this to
: advanced students, so any suggestion is okay as long
: as it's not wildly complicated.
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