The reinvented version of a popular fairy tale by the acclaimed British writer, Angela Carter. More


Author Neil Gaiman introduces four stories about the unexpected, including a Shorts' fav, the James Thurber classic, “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty." More


We're back with the second part of our recording session with Neil Gaiman featuring a haunting fairy tale by Angela Carter, and two from Gaiman himself. More


Guest host Neil Gaiman introduces two tales of illusion. In “Miracle Polish,” by Steven Millhauser, the protagonist buys a gimmicky product from a door-to-door salesman that changes his life—or does it? Gaiman likens Millhauser’s disconcerting fantasy to the fairy tale “Snow White,” in which the heroine’s wicked stepmother demands reassurance from her mirror. In “Miracle […] More


Guest host Neil Gaiman presents two ironic stories about wish fulfillment in this rebroadcast of a popular show from last season. In D.H. Lawrence’s classic, “The Rocking Horse Winner,” a young boy tries to help a family obsessed by money. In the show, SHORTS literary commentator Hannah Tinti and guest host Gaiman discuss its unusual […] More


“Behaving Badly” is our new collection of darkly funny fictions by the likes of Stephen King and Aimee Bender, performed by Anjelica Huston, Michael Impreioli and others on the new greatest hits compilation from Selected Shorts. Buy in the Shop Stories include: George Saunders’ “My Flamboyant Grandson” Performed by Harris Yulin A.M. Homes’ “Adults Alone […] More


Guest host Neil Gaiman introduces stories with surprises. Ordinary events yield unexpected results in the four tales on this program. First Jane Yolen’s “The Baby Sitter,” includes some familiar details: a creepy Victorian house, mysterious footsteps, and a teenage narrator in peril. But it turns out to be a ghost story with a twist. The […] More


Guest host Neil Gaiman introduces two American classics. The late science fiction writer Ray Bradbury’s story “The Veldt” was first published in 1950 in The Saturday Evening Post with the title “The World the Children Made,” which is a good description of what goes on in this eerie tale. It imagines the “model home” of […] More


In D.H. Lawrence’s classic,”The Rocking Horse Winner,” a young boy tries to help a family obsessed by money. In the show, SHORTS literary commentator and guest host Gaiman discuss its unusual qualities. Unlike Lawrence’s well-known novels of class conflict and adult desire, like Lady Chatterley’s Lover and Women in Love, this tale has a fairy-tale […] More


In “Miracle Polish,” by Steven Millhauser, the protagonist buys a gimmicky product from a door-to-door salesman that changes his life—or does it? Guest host Neil Gaiman likens Millhauser’s disconcerting fantasy to the fairy tale “Snow White,” in which the heroine’s wicked stepmother demands reassurance from her mirror. In “Miracle Polish,” the phlegmatic narrator slowly becomes […] More