December has officially started and with so many people around the world celebrating different holidays, much of our time is taken up this month with preparations.
For me personally this month sets me in mind of trees and gifts so this week I thought I’d put together a bundle with two stories whose subjects are trees and gifts.
The first is The Man Whom the Trees Loved by Algernon Blackwood, who was a prolific English writer; best known for his ghost stories and weird fiction. This story is an example of weird fiction that revolves around a couple who live on the edge of a forest. The man, David, develops a fascination with the forest, which deeply scares his wife, Sophia.
The second is The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry. William Sidney Porter, who wrote under the pseudonym O. Henry, was an American short story writer, whose stories are known for their surprise endings. This piece is no different. The Gift of the Magi is a story about a young couple, Jim and Della, who are short of money but desperately want to buy each other Christmas gifts. In their creativity they succeed in doing so but things do not turn out the way they imagined.
Hope you enjoy!
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