February 23, 2024


Many of you know that I was a teacher for a hot 14-year minute. I spent half that time with ninth grade English students where we would work mostly on writing and the basics of literary analysis. We would read short stories and work on theme, tone, symbolism…all the things. I loved it. Say what you want about short stories, but they aren’t just stories; they’re mini literary masterpieces that have left a lasting impact on me. If you’re ready for a journey through some of the most compelling narratives in literature, here are my five favorites:

1. “Lamb to the Slaughter” by Roald Dahl

First up is “Lamb to the Slaughter.” Does this story take you on a wild ride! Dahl’s genius lies in his ability to blend dark humor with a twist of suspense. This tale of betrayal and revenge in an unexpected form is a classic that flips the script in the most astonishing way. This is also an episode of “Alfred Hitchcock Presents,” but the story is much better (and I can’t help but feel that Alfie, who shares the same dry British wit as his fellow countryman Dahl, would agree).

2. “The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allan Poe

Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado” is a masterpiece in building suspense and eerie atmosphere. Set in a haunting backdrop placed against the joyful time of Carnival, it’s a story of revenge that creeps up on the reader. The way Poe weaves tension and a sense of impending doom is simply brilliant.

3. “The Bet” by Anton Chekhov

Then there’s “The Bet” by Chekhov. This story is a profound exploration of human nature, freedom, and the price of knowledge. It delves into the depths of solitude and the value of life, leaving you with much to ponder.

4. “A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner

“A Rose for Emily” is Faulkner’s haunting tale of isolation and mystery. Set in the American South, it’s a story that beautifully captures the eccentricities and tragedies of its main character. The narrative’s non-linear structure adds to its intrigue and depth.

5. “Good Country People” by Flannery O’Connor

Lastly, “Good Country People” by O’Connor is a story that packs a punch. It’s a brilliant portrayal of irony, identity, and the facades people wear. The character development and the shocking conclusion make it a story that stays with you.

So, there you have it – a glimpse into my world of favorite short stories. Each of these stories brings something unique to the table, be it suspense, irony, or profound insights into the human psyche.

Happy reading, and may these stories captivate you as much as they have me!

Kayla Lee is a Minnesota-based wedding and elopement photographer. She provides services to elegant, authentic, sentimental couples who not only choose their own adventures, but also live them to the fullestSee more about the KLP Wedding Experience!

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After fourteen years as a high school educator, I stepped back through a door I thought was closed. Journalism came back into my life. Armed with a Masters of Arts in Communication, I was again challenged and prepared to tell the stories that would become history, but with a twist: It is now your legacy of love that I document. The tension I seek is that from every tear, smile, laugh, and moment of love on your wedding day. 


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