Onto the often-overlooked mid-form of the story, the novella and novelette. I’m a huge fan of the novella, myself, because it allows someone who is time-poor (i.e. me) to nestle into a good long story without needing to sacrifice days to it.
The best stuff I encountered (and yes, I’m including one of my own) from last year was:
- “The Message” by Andrew J. McKiernan (Midnight Echo #2, AHWA)
- Phoenix and the Darkness of Wolves by Shane Jiraiya Cummings (Damnation Books)
- After the World: Gravesend by Jason Fischer (Black House)
Gravesend is a well-rounded zombie apocalypse novella from Australia’s master of undead roadkill, “The Message” is old-school creepy and emotionally poignant all at the same time … and well, there’s my apocalyptic dark fantasy novella – which the Specusphere described as “a powerful tale that penetrates the mind of a man both haunted and hunted”. It’s the most compelling and emotional story I’ve written to date, and although few Aussies have read it, I hope enough punters out there agree with me.
For the sake (or at least, illusion) of completeness, other stuff that I haven’t read but have heard kind words about include:
- After the World: Killable Hours by Clay Bakehills (Black House)
- “Spare Key” by R. Frederick Hamilton (Spare Key, LegumeMan Books)
- “Sins of the Father” by Brett McBean (New Dark Voices 2)
- “Wives” by Paul Haines (X6, Coeur De Lion Publishing)
- Horn by Peter M. Ball (Twelfth Planet Press)
Any novellas/novelettes on your radar that slipped below mine?
Next, short stories…
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