Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Very Short Stories

A long, long time ago, possibly when I was still a child, someone told me the world's shortest ghost story. It went like this:

The last man on earth sat in a room.
There was a knock at the door.

Does anyone else know any examples of the world's shortest (genre) story?


Jonathan Potts said...

Here's a very short story/poem about the antiquity of fleas:

had 'em.

Richard said...

Are you sure it's a ghost story?

Couldn't it simply be that his wife had forgotten her keys?

Mr Gnome said...

The twentieth century's most famous maritime disaster in 4 words: 'Everything including kitchen sinks.'

Steve C said...

Ernest Hemingway was once challenged to write the shortest story possible. Here it is:

'For sale: baby shoes, never worn.'

Moving and evocative, it says everything in just six words.