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Barn Burning: Short Stories

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Classic & modern short stories. Stories will save us.Are you a writer? Want to have your story read on an episode of Barn Burning? Contact us:

13 Episodes | 2020 - 2022

13. Tickle Torture, by Thomas H. McNeely

October 25th, 2022


Hello, Barn Burners! I met acclaimed writer Thomas H. McNeely at Inprint in Houston to record him reading his story, Tickle Torture. The story is …

12. Muriel vs. the Hunger, by Lannie Stabile

September 3rd, 2022


Welcome back to Barn Burning! After an extended hiatus, the Barn Burning short story podcast is back with a killer episode about hamsters, motherhood, and grief. I was honored to have on writer-poet @LannieStabile to …

11. Tornado Watch, by Wendy J. Fox

June 6th, 2021


Welcome back to Barn Burning, a short story podcast! I had the great pleasure of speaking with writer Wendy J. Fox about her story Tornado Watch, …

10. Seagull-Leviathan-Spaniel, by Kieran Wyatt

March 21st, 2021


I was honored to have British writer Kieran Wyatt share three short stories on the Barn Burning Podcast, 'Seagull' 'Leviathan' & 'Spaniel', which …

9. The Big Balloon, by J. Edward Kruft

January 24th, 2021


Today I had the pleasure of reading J. Edward Kruft's story "The Big Balloon," followed by a wide-ranging conversation with Joe about MFA programs, …

8. What Kind of Love Is That?, by Elizabeth Gonzalez James

December 13th, 2020


In this special episode, I sat down with writer Elizabeth Gonzalez James to read and discuss her story "What Kind of Love Is That?" which appeared in The Rumpus in September 2018. We discussed empathy, grace, and …

7. The Masque of the Red Death, by Edgar Allan Poe

November 1st, 2020


Ask not for whom the Red Death comes, it comes for... everyone! You may remember this story as a nice little piece of gothiness, but I guarantee you it will shock you how eerily reminiscent of our modern moments it is. 

6. Cannibalism in the Cars, by Mark Twain

July 4th, 2020


Over a hundred years before George Romero, Mark Twain wrote a cutting satire of politics and politicians which is still delicious in its mordant …

5. Araby, by James Joyce

April 19th, 2020


Today we talk about James Joyce’s classic short story, Araby, and the quest of a besotted young man. Sorry, no Irish accents.

4. Rashomon, by Ryūnosuke Akutagawa

March 28th, 2020


What happens to the unemployed & dispossessed when a country is blighted by natural disasters & plague?

3. The Student, by Anton Chekhov

March 8th, 2020


A seminary student warms himself by the fire of two widows and tells a biblical tale...

2. The Tell-Tale Heart, by Edgar Allan Poe

February 11th, 2020


“He had the eye of a vulture—a pale blue eye, with a film over it. Whenever it fell upon me, my blood ran cold; and so by degrees—very gradually—I …

1. The Story of an Hour, Kate Chopin

February 2nd, 2020


Welcome to Barn Burning, a podcast about short stories! Is Louise Mallard’s wedding bed like to be her death bed? How much of an emotional roller …

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