I prefer science fiction, fantasy, and horror without the spaceships, dragons, and zombies.
Jeffrey Ford is a great short story writer. This story is very good and it's free and you should go over and read it on Tor.com.
But keep in mind that you really need to read about five stories by Jeffrey Ford to get a feel for what he's doing, to appreciate his range.
So, read "The Thyme Fiend" and, if you like it, do yourself a favor and grab one of his short story collections. They're all good, but I'd recommend you start with either of the following titles:
If you love the short story as an art form, I'm pretty damned sure these books will make you happy.