All Editions of Pale Horse, Pale Rider

by Katherine Anne Porter

Pale Horse, Pale Rider

Pale Horse, Pale Rider

Author: Katherine Anne Porter Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/11/2011

Many people refuse to read short fiction, but what they don’t understand is that the important part is the fiction, not the length. Being able to tell a story with a modicum of words is an absolute talent that not every book-length author possesses, but Porter loosely fictionalized a gut-wrenching account of her own struggle with the Spanish Flu in the eponymous story. I remember reading this collection in college and being shocked that this cataclysmic event that killed millions of people happened and I hadn’t until that moment really learned about the pandemic. Of course, there are echoes to what we are going through today, and when I started writing my own pandemic novel, I went back to Pale Horse, Pale Rider for inspiration. Selected by our Early Summer 2021 Guest Editor Karin Slaughter