Short stories tagged with Cruelty

Listing 19 stories.

A young girl with a grievous family situation grows up and tries to escape her reality by seeking false love and affection.

Children on the planet Venus eagerly wait for the sun to shine for the first time in years, but when the one child who actually remembers sunlight tries to insist the event will happen, the other children turn on her.

In a flood-ravaged world, a haughty man turns away beggars who, unlike him, failed to stock up before the dystopia, unless one man makes a request he’d never heard before: whiskey, please.

In a lab nicknamed "Spiderhead," experiments involving mind-altering drugs are run on convicted murderers. After he sleeps with two female prisoners, a male prisoner is forced to decide which woman he would like to give a pain-inducing drug.

A depressed Indian woman trapped in a decades-long, passionless marriage recalls the one day when she truly loved her husband.

While reading a novel by Marcel Proust, a middle-aged woman is shocked to find herself remembering her grandmother. The memories that bubble up force her to confront her family's dysfunction and her place in it.

Paranoia, love, and tragedy intertwine in a terrifying spiral as a father takes his terminally ill daughter to an amusement park.

As the People's Liberation Army ravages China, a resentful young woman charged with a strange mission leaves home to work in the city. Once there, she discovers terrifying connections between her rich new employer and the village she left behind.

A man adopts a cage full of insects that engage in ritual war against each other and soon comes to be their god. When he begins to act cruelly against them as a corrupt exploration of his own power, the insects escape and begin a killing spree.

A writing professor becomes unnerved by a talented student and acts cruelly towards him out of insecurity — but ends up even more hurt than before.