Wednesday, April 16, 2014
O is for O. Henry
I love stories with twist endings. Saki, O. Henry. Guy de Maupassant, Rod Serling's Twilight Zone. They were all major influences on the kind of short stories I write. O. Henry (real name William Sydney Porter) was born on September 11, which I choose to remember instead of other events that happened on that date. His most famous stories are probably "The Gift of the Magi" and "the Ransom of Red Chief" but I am fond of "A Retrieved Reformation." You can read a number of O. Henry's short stories here, including many that you've probably never heard of.