O. Henry, Guy de Maupassant, and Edgar Allan Poe. The short story was part of my literary education from grade school through college. Later, I read short stories in magazines like the Ladies Home Journal, and regular contributor, Rosamunde Pilcher, is still one of my favorite authors. But as I grew older, novels became my entertainment of choice, and it wasn't until I got my Nook last year that I rediscovered the short story.
E-books have changed reading habits for gazillions of people. Not only are we able to buy books in the blink of an eye, we can carry small libraries with us wherever we go. It's particularly convenient if one does a lot of research,and these gadgets are so smart, we can even make notes right in the books! But even better than that, we can sample lots of writing because many authors are using the short story format to introduce readers to their work, many of them free stories available for download. It's definitely a readers market out there.
This month we'll focus on the short story here at the Blood-Red Pencil. I'll share with you a project members of the BBT Cafe have going - a short story collection by 20 of the members which I'll be formatting for Kindle this month. More about that later. We'll also make sure to share with you any short stories and collections we hear about so you have a chance to sample some new writing.
And what a great month to do it in - it's officially Get Caught Reading Month. What are some of your favorite short stories? Any authors you particularly favor? Do you write short stories yourself? Do you think e-readers will renew an interest in short story collections? Share with us some thoughts about the genre.
Dani Greer is founding member of the Blood-Red Pencil, and currently spends most of her time either working on special projects for Little Pickle Press or tending her much-neglected three acres of gardens. These days she doesn't have much time for anything except short stories.