Prosper Mérimée

French writer, pioneer of the novella, archeologist, & historian born in 1803.

Katherine Mansfield

New Zealand writer, essayist, & journalist born in 1888. Considered a great of the modernist movement.

Damon Runyon

American newspaperman & short-story writer born in 1880. Known for Prohibition-era stories about Broadway.

O. Henry

American short story writer born in 1862 best known for his story “The Gift of the Magi”.

Guy de Maupassant

French author born in 1850. He is remembered as a master of the short story form.

Ryunosuke Akutagawa

Japanese writer born in 1892. Regarded as the “father of the Japanese short story”.

Algernon Blackwood

English broadcasting narrator, journalist, & writer born in 1869. One of the most prolific ghost story writers in history.

Edgar Allan Poe

American writer, poet, editor, & critic known for works incl. “The Tell-Tale Heart” & “The Raven”.