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  1. I actually love so-called depressing stories ('so-called' because I find them the opposite), but only if they're written by masterful authors… I read The Metamorphosis years ago and remember liking it a lot, but that's where I stopped with Kafka; I think, based on your review of this story, I'll try more of his stuff. A man crawls out of a pig sty? The groom bites Rose on the cheek?? OH YEAH. I'm there already.

    Recently, I discovered a wonderful writer of the deep and dark named Dan Chaon, and he has quickly become one of my favorites. If you're interested in trying him, you might want to start with his book of short stories, Stay Awake. He considers Ray Bradbury a mentor. I found him when I read Shadow Show, an anthology of stories reminiscent of Bradbury, written by well-regarded authors (including Neil Gaiman) in honor of him. It was an excellent anthology!

    Obviously, I'm on a jag. :) I just started reading Ray Bradbury Stories: 100 of Bradbury's Most Celebrated Tales. Despite the dark nature of many of his stories (and some of them DO produce the most delicious shivers!), they still contain a life-affirming ebullience, a kind of effervescent joy that–it seems–only Bradbury could pull off so proficiently. I've never read another author like him; he was utterly unique. It's been fun to revisit some of the old stories and discover quite a few new ones!
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    1. I think I might have mentioned it before, but Ray Bradbury is someone I really need to read more of. I read some of his stories for the sci-fi course I did last year, and really liked them, but have yet to get around to more.

      I'll have to give Dan Chaon a try at some point too.
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