Because a doctoral program isn’t enough to keep me off the streets and out of the pool halls, while I was in Ottawa working on the PhD core seminar and sundry course requirements, I had the distinct pleasure of participating in a Gothic Short Story Club, founded and hosted by the delightful Professor Ummni Khan. This post shares part of our (vaguely Canadian, mostly Gothic) short story list in the spirit of collegial encouragement to host your own short-story club and, of course, read:
– “The Painted Door” by Sinclair Ross
– “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
– “The Dunwich Horror” by H.P. Lovecraft
– The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson (our group watched the film, “The Haunting”)
– “The Man in the Black Suit” by Stephen King
To give you an idea of how to arrange your own short story club, it’s best to collect some interested friends (and it didn’t hurt that we had a visiting professor, Anne Quema, in our midst!), circulate the story via email in advance (we had several friendly pdf-finders / makers), serve some snacks, rotate houses for hosting if that works for everyone’s allergens and food preferences, and enjoy!