Surprises 20 Stories by O Henry Author:O Henry. Edited by Richard Corbin and Ned E. Hoopes O. Henry is perhaps the best known and most popular short story writer. He had the ability to put special meaning and excitement into his tales of people whose lives were seemingly drab and colorless. His stories are full of good humor, compassion and poignancy. Some are romantic and some are funny. All are entertaining and unforgettable.