Horror and the must read novella (and why they’re still relevant)

At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. LovecraftThe novella is one of those literary forms that I have admired for a long time – a quicker read than a novel but a fuller experience than a short story. In the mainstream publishing world, it appears to be something of a neglected format (although, having said that, in a relatively recent visit to a well-known chain bookstore, I did see a few slim books out on display in the Fiction section which I suppose could be classed as novellas and, as described below, quite a few ‘classics’ were written as such), with the probable major publisher excuse that ‘it doesn’t sell very well’, or ‘there isn’t much interest’ as to why they’re not more widespread, the same explanation for why short story anthologies and collections are but very rarely forthcoming from the big imprints.

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1 comment

  1. andrea marie norwood

    I like this front cover, it’s creepy and the character looks like pumpkinhead or his kin. I feel that when you find something so classic and it’s not being noticed the way that it should, blog it or ask friends to help with word of mouthing the book, etc. I bet it will make a block buster of a movie if it hasn’t already played on the silver screen. I’m all for it, because I love sci-fi! Like V, Star Trek, The Twilight Zone and Space 1999.

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