Selected Shorts: Tale of Terror

A man’s past envelops his present in this eerie tale by Dan Chaon.

The story comes from the world in between nightmare and reality, and was inspired, Chaon tells SHORTS host Isaiah Sheffer in the accompanying interview, by the idea of exploring secrets in a marriage.  Michael Chabon, another SHORTS-featured writer, provided a catalyst when he approached Chaon to contribute to an anthology of horror stories by “literary” writers.  

Chaon is certainly that—his most recent novel, Await Your Reply, has been critically acclaimed, with The New York Times calling it “both a ghost story and a valentine.”  His work has appeared in many journals and collections including  The Best American Short Stories, The Pushcart Prize and the O.Henry Prize stories.  He is also the author of the novel You Remind Me of Me and the story collection Among the Missing which was a finalist for the National Book Award.  Chaon is a Professor of Creative Writing at Oberlin College.

This compelling and disturbing tale is read by four-time Tony Award-winner Boyd Gaines, currently appearing on Broadway in the revival of Alfred Uhry’s “Driving Miss Daisy.”

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