Thursday, December 04, 2008

Short fiction

I've been reading short stories all year in prepartion for the annual collection Marty Greenberg and I do. Because our deadline has been moved up by three months my reading has been intense lately.

I'd need three volumes to reprint all the deserving stories. Every sub-genre from hardboiled to traditional-cozy to paranormal deserves its own book. I have my prejudices, of course. I feel closest to noirish fiction but when I read a Robert Barnard or Nancy Pickard story I get just as excited. I suppose because my generation was raised on realistic fiction I like to see every day life explored and writers like Robert and Nancy do that with poetic expertise.

I've never gotten over my thrill of discovering a story that works perfectly. I was joking with Carol the other night after I read a story in an original anthology--I said I want to call this guy up and tell him how good his story is. It was after two a.m.

I find it impossible to keep up with all the new novelists. But I can at last get a sense of those who write short fiction. And believe me 2008 was a bumper crop.

4 comments:

Ed Halbert said...

Nice name This is really unique name indeed.

Todd Mason said...

Will you be doing a novelet/novella volume again, Ed?

Ed Gorman said...

Not this time, Todd. Everything will be in one volume.

Judi Rohrig said...

I felt that rush after I read Gary Braunbeck's "Safe" when I was merely proofing one of your BEST OF collections, Ed. Luckily you provided me with Gary's email addy and I was able to tell him. Thanks again for that.

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Judi