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The Best Short Story Collections of 2024 (So Far)

Discover the power and creativity within short fiction, and join us on a literary adventure you won’t soon forget.

Last Updated on April 4, 2024 by BiblioLifestyle

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Prepare to immerse yourself in the captivating worlds crafted by master storytellers, as we present the best short story collections of 2024 so far! This year’s selection promises a thrilling mosaic of vibrant characters and intriguing plots that will challenge, delight, and entertain you. So whether you’re a longtime lover of short fiction or a curious newcomer, the dazzling array of voices waiting to be discovered in these pages will leave an indelible impression on your heart and mind.

Each collection serves as a testament to the power of short fiction, and with every page and story, you are invited to join an intimate exploration of the human experience. So get ready to be swept away when you embark on this literary adventure with us, beacuse you will witness the profound creativity that continues to flourish within the realm of short fiction!

P.S. I will be updating this list throughout the year as I continue to read more books.

The Best Short Story Collections of 2024

  1. Old Crimes by Jill McCorkle
  2. Float Up, Sing Down by Laird Hunt
  3. Your Utopia by Bora Chung, Translated by Anton Hur
  4. Fifty Beasts to Break Your Heart by GennaRose Nethercott
  5. My Documents by Alejandro Zambra, Translated by Megan McDowell 
  6. Green Frog by Gina Chung
  7. Nearly All the Men in Lagos Are Mad by Damilare Kuku
  8. Weird Black Girls by Elwin Cotman
  9. Mouth by Puloma Ghosh
Old Crimes by Jill McCorkle

Old Crimes by Jill McCorkle

Jill McCorkle explores the intricate lives of characters burdened with secrets and misdeeds, highlighting how the past influences generations. The narrative reveals their struggles for connection while grappling with their inability to be fully truthful, through stories of personal barriers, family dynamics, and the quest for understanding. McCorkle weaves a poignant tapestry of human emotions, desires, and the subtle transgressions that define us, presenting a collection of stories that are both moving and memorable.

You can get a copy of Old Crimes by Jill McCorkle on Amazon or Bookshop.

Float Up, Sing Down by Laird Hunt

Float Up, Sing Down by Laird Hunt

This is a collection of stories that unfolds over a single summer’s day in an Indiana community. Through the tales of various residents, from Candy Wilson who’s forgotten to buy paprika, to Della Dorner sneaking away on her new bike, the book weaves a rich tapestry of rural life. Each story explores the routines, joys, and secrets of the town’s inhabitants, highlighting the depth of gossip, intertwined lives, and the blend of loneliness and community that defines their existence. Hunt’s work stands as a masterful portrait of American life, reminiscent of the storytelling tradition of Willa Cather and Sherwood Anderson.

You can get a copy of Float Up, Sing Down by Laird Hunt on Amazon or Bookshop.

Your Utopia by Bora Chung, Translated by Anton Hur

Your Utopia by Bora Chung, translated by Anton Hur

This is a collection of speculative fiction stories exploring themes of dystopia, idealism, and humanity’s future through a unique blend of horror, absurdity, and dark humor. Chung’s tales range from a disease causing cannibalism to an AI developing feelings, highlighting the consequences of technological and societal advancement. Anton Hur’s translation brings these stories to life, offering readers a glimpse into various potential futures for humanity, where even dreams are subject to scrutiny and nature struggles against capitalist destruction.

You can get a copy of Your Utopia by Bora Chung, translated by Anton Hur on Amazon or Bookshop.

Fifty Beasts to Break Your Heart by GennaRose Nethercott

Fifty Beasts to Break Your Heart by GennaRose Nethercott

A captivating collection of dark fairytales and twisted folklore that delves into the depths of human desire and fear. Through stories of doomed love, monstrous yearnings, and the quest for acceptance, Nethercott explores the complex interplay between passion and terror. From a sinister roadside attraction to a house that transforms its inhabitant for an artist’s needs, each tale examines the abominations within us and the hunger to be seen and loved. This anthology redefines the notion of beasts, leaving readers to ponder the beauty and horror of human longing.

You can get a copy of Fifty Beasts to Break Your Heart by GennaRose Nethercott on Amazon or Bookshop.

My Documents by Alejandro Zambra, Translated by Megan McDowell

My Documents by Alejandro Zambra, translated by Megan McDowell 

A collection of stories that explore life, relationships, and masculinity in Chile from the 1980s to the present. The stories range in theme from religion and romance to technology and solitude, all against the backdrop of Pinochet’s dictatorship. Through characters dealing with love, harm, and personal crises, Zambra reflects on the complex nature of human connections. The collection, including new stories and an introduction by McDowell, showcases Zambra’s literary prowess and the essential role of literature in navigating political and personal landscapes.

You can get a copy of My Documents by Alejandro Zambra, translated by Megan McDowell on Amazon or Bookshop.

Green Frog by Gina Chung

Green Frog by Gina Chung

A compelling short story collection that delves into Korean American womanhood, exploring themes of bodies, animals, and transformation. With a blend of the fantastical and the real, Chung’s stories range from talking dolls aiding twins’ escape to a woman reassessing her father’s legacy. Masterful in evoking emotion, Chung’s characters, both human and animal, offer a narrative that is both hopeful and heartbreaking, weaving danger and joy seamlessly.

You can get a copy of Green Frog by Gina Chung on Amazon or Bookshop.

Nearly All the Men in Lagos Are Mad by Damilare Kuku

Nearly All the Men in Lagos Are Mad by Damilare Kuku

A bold debut collection that captures the complexities of dating in Lagos through the eyes of audacious women. Set in Nigeria’s largest city, these twelve stories explore the trials faced by women dealing with deceitful men. From a woman plotting revenge on her lazy husband to a dater swearing off Nigerian men for oyibos, these characters navigate their romantic lives with wit and resilience. Celebrated in Nigeria, this collection is a raucous journey through modern Lagosian love, highlighting the strength of Nigerian women in overcoming romantic adversities.

You can get a copy of Nearly All the Men in Lagos Are Mad by Damilare Kuku on Amazon or Bookshop.

Weird Black Girls by Elwin Cotman

Weird Black Girls by Elwin Cotman

A collection of seven stories that intertwine the anxieties of living while Black with elements of fantasy and horror. Each story explores themes of obsession, friendship, love, and betrayal through a mix of whimsical, horrific, and fantastical scenarios. From a town controlled by a punitive tree to a day of LARPing gone cosmic, Cotman’s narratives oscillate between reality and impossibility, showcasing his skill in revealing deep truths about the human experience.

You can get a copy of Weird Black Girls by Elwin Cotman on Amazon or Bookshop.

Mouth by Puloma Ghosh

Mouth by Puloma Ghosh

A debut collection of tales, the author takes readers through a journey of creatures, gore, grief, sexuality, and bodily autonomy. Through stories that blend the bizarre with reality, Ghosh explores deep themes like infatuation, isolation, and longing. From a teen skater with dark fantasies to a woman grappling with ancestral ghosts in Kolkata, each tale in “Mouth” uses surreal, sharp prose to lay bare the primal and often unspoken aspects of human desire and struggle.

You can get a copy of Mouth by Puloma Ghosh on Amazon or Bookshop.

What do you think about this list of best short story collections of 2024?

What do you think about this list of best short story collections of 2024? Have you read any of them? What short story collections would you add to this list? Let’s talk all about your favorite short story collections in the comments below.

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