300 short stories:: story 209

story: “Vampires in the Lemon Grove”

author: Karen Russell

year: 2012

where: Eat Greek, mid-afternoon

note: the collection’s title story

a line: “There is a loneliness that must be particular to monsters, I think, the feeling that each is the only child of a species. And now that loneliness was over.”

theme(s): marriage and longevity

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300 short stories:: story 207

story: “The Finkelstein”

author: Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

year: 1989

where: a few places–taxi, cafe, office, home

note: from Friday Black 

a line: “Emmanuel stepped outside into the world, his Blackness at a solid 7.6. He felt like Evel Knievel at the top of a ramp.”

theme(s): revenge, injustice