Gigantic magazine

Stories in Three Lines, v. 1


Gigantic is proud to introduce a new series of blog posts entitled “Stories in Three Lines”, in which new and exciting pieces of online fiction are discovered, digested, summarized, and then linked to.

The inspiration for “Stories in Three Lines” is taken from Felix Feneon’s Novels in Three Lines, a collection of more than a thousand newspaper articles that originally appeared anonymously in the French newspaper Le Matin in 1906. Novels in Three Stories are true stories of murder, mayhem, and everyday life transformed by Feneon into sudden and brief pieces of prose, full with a ruthless economy that provokes, shocks, and entertains, often all at once.

Stories in Three Lines, v. 1

(Three-line Summaries with Links to Their Original Forms)

LOW BROW By Ravi Mangla (published in Eyeshot)

He had a Hindu family called the Mahajans living in the space between his eyebrows and he didn’t know what to do about it but keep charging them rent.

SOMETHING BAD HAPPENED TODAY by Zachary German (published by Muumuu House)

He was approached by a woman on the subway about the book he was reading, “Honored Guest” by Joy Williams. She asked him if he could read fast. He said yes.

DREAM HOUSE by Rachel B. Glaser (published in Noo Journal)

They had been making out and fondling each other next to the skate park and then there was the incident.