Stories with Grit

There are stories, and then there are stories. Stories that grab you by the collar, knock you around a bit. Stories that drive fast cars and smoke hand-rolled cigarettes. Stories that good girls don't take home to meet their parents. Stories with grit. We're taking a moment to relish in the raw, edgy magnificence of stories with grit. Southern noir, gothic crime, dark humor, urban fiction, we love it all. And we know you do, too. So we've gathered together excerpts from some of our favorite story collections—each as gutsy and gritty as it gets.