Little did I know that my dumb little morning tweet would provide such an incredible list of recommendations of short story collections by female authors.

I’ve compiled most of the responses below. I can’t speak to the quality of all of these (yet!), but I’ve highlighted my favorites. I like to think of myself as a short story aficionado, but there are so many new names here! I’m so excited to dig into these amazing recommendations. Thanks to everyone who responded.

  • These Foolish and Harmful Delights by Cate Gardner
  • Six Dreams About The Train – Maria Haskins
  • The Moon Will Look Strange – Lynda E. Rucker
  • You’ll Know When You Get There – Lynda E. Rucker
  • Sing Your Sadness Deep – Laura Mauro
  • All the Fabulous Beasts – Priya Sharma
  • Seeds – Tabatha Wood
  • I Spit Myself Out – Tracy Fahey
  • The Watcher in The Woods – Charlotte Bond
  • Things We Say in the Dark – Kirsty Logan
  • Octoberland – Thana Niveau
  • Someone to Share My Nightmares – Sonora Taylor
  • The Mother Wound – Jess Landry
  • Eleven – Patricia Highsmith
  • The Ghost Sequences – AC Wise
  • Anything by Kelly Link
  • The Bloody Chamber – Angela Carter
  • Nest of Nightmares – Lisa Tuttle
  • And I Do Not Forgive You (Amber Sparks)
  • What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours (Helen Oyeyemi)
  • Fen (Daisy Johnson)
  • The Dark Dark (Samantha Hunt)
  • Blacklight (Kimberly King Parsons)
  • Orange World (Karen Russell)
  • I Hold a Wolf by the Ears (Laura van den Berg)
  • Arcadia (Lauren Groff)
  • Dark Breakers –  C.S.E Cooney
  • Dancing in Silver Lands – Mari Ness
  • Between Two Seas – Cerece Rennie Murphy
  • Dark Blood Comes from the Feet – Emma J Gibbon
  • Songs for Dark Seasons – Lisa L. Hannett
  • Anything by Angela Slatter
  • Alias Space – Kelly Robson
  • Unfortunate Elements of my Anatomy – Hailey Piper
  • Anything by Gemma Files
  • Cautionary Tales – Emmanuelle de Maupassant
  • Night Terrors and Other Tales – Lisa Morton
  • Distaff: A Science Fiction Anthology by Female Writers
  • Tender – Sofia Samatar
  • Alien Virus Love Disaster – Abbey Mei Otis
  • Souls – Terri Bruce
  • The Pulse between Dimensions and the Desert – Rios de la Luz
  • Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado
  • How Long ’til Black Future Month? by NK Jemisin
  • Word Puppets by Mary Robinette Kowal
  • Velocities: Stories by Kathe Koja
  • Furnace – Livia Llewellyn
  • Engines of Desire – Livia Llewellyn
  • Anything by Cat Valente
  • Vandana Singh’s Ambiguity Stories
  • Anything by Amal El-Mohtar
  • Anything by Cat Rambo
  • Ten Minute Warning – EM Dehaney
  • How to Get to Apocalypse and Other Disasters – Erica L. Satifka
  • The Mistletoe Bride – Kate Mosse
  • Ship Fever – Andrea Barrett
  • Forget the Sleepless Shores – Sonya Taaffe
  • Rare Birds – L.S. Johnson
  • Unsafe Words – Loren Rhoads
  • Dreaming in Quantum – Lynda Clark
  • Next Door – Kimberly Davis Basso
  • Welcome to the Bitch Bubble – Lauren Dixon
  • Rediscovery: Science Fiction by Women
  • The Diving Pool by Yoko Ogawa
  • Revenge by Yoko Ogawa
  • Anything by Tabitha Womack
  • Fight Like a Girl (anthology)
  • Sooner or Later Everything Falls into the Sea by Sarah Pinsker
  • The Ape’s Wife and Other Stories by Caitlin R. Kiernan
  • At the Mouth of the River of Bees by Kij Johnson
  • After the Apocalypse by Maureen F. McHugh
  • What I Didn’t See and Other Stories by Karen Joy Fowler
  • Map of Dreams by M. Rickert
  • Bibliomancy by Elizabeth Hand
  • Skin Folk by Nalo Hopkinson
  • The Start of the End of It All and Other Stories by Carol Emshwiller
  • Bloodchild and Other Stories by Octavia E. Butler
  • Ventriloquism by Catherynne M. Valente
  • Shoggoths in Bloom by Elizabeth Bear
  • Meet Me in the Future by Kameron Hurley
  • Six Months, Three Days, Five Others by Charlie Jane Anders
  • The Best of Kage Baker
  • The Poison Eaters and Other Stories by Holly Black
  • The Lottery and Other Stories by Shirley Jackson
  • Borders of Infinity by Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Patterns by Pat Cadigan
  • The Collected Short Fiction of CJ Cherryh
  • The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories by Susanna Clarke
  • Hell Hath No Sorrow like a Woman Haunted by R.J. Joseph

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