The Ransom of O. Henry

A while back I picked up a used copy of some O. Henry Award stories and was sorely disappointed.  The stories I read didn’t resemble O. Henry stories at all:  no humor, no sharp characterizations, no twist endings.  All of them were dreary modern stories full of darkness and angst.

I’ll probably go back later and read more of them, but for now, giving these stories the O. Henry award is like giving a Stephen King award to a romance novel.

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