Literary taxidermists take the first and last lines of a piece of writing (often a novel, but sometimes a short story) and then use those lines as the beginning and ending of a new, wholly-original story. The idea originated in a book of short stories called The Gymnasium by Mark Malamud, "re-stuffing" what goes in-between the opening and closing lines of classic works by Milan Kundera, Virginia Woolf, Ian Fleming, and others. The Literary Taxidermy Short Story Competition has tasked writers with stitching up the work of Aldous Huxley, Toni Morrison, Lewis Carroll, Dashiell Hammett, Ray Bradbury, and Dorothy Parker.

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From a cheerful cannibal to a transhuman plastivore, from a lovesick angel to a text-messaging devil, from a homeless cat to a misunderstood hen, from dissembling mothers to pre-assembled lovers, from a surreal visit up the Norwegian fjords to a gritty drive down Route 66—you've never read story collections like these!



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