I’ve become interested in novelettes lately, and I wanted to share two that I’ve read with you. A novelette, as defined the the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, is between 7,500 and 17,500 words long. Next step down, it’s a short story, next step up, it’s a novella. I’m currently writing a horror story that will be novelette length when finished. I really love the story! All I’ll say is that it’s set in the Everglades, and the characters are a girl, a Cuban man, and his rooster, El Diablo. But enough about my story. Check this out:
A Google search for the phrase “short stories”: 714,000,000 results
A search for “novelettes” yields: 413,000 results
And one for “novellas” yields: 17,700,000 results
From those numbers it’s easy to see how novelettes rank against the popularity of the shorter and longer lengths of fiction! That’s a shame. I’m quite taken with them now, and I hope more people will recognize the length between 7,500 and 17,500 as one that can be rewarding to work with.
So, here are two novelettes I’ve read, and wanted to share:
The Migratory Patterns of Dancers by Katherine Sparrow
This piece gave me a strange sense of uneasy fascination throughout to the very end.
The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains by Neil Gaiman
I find myself thinking about this story a lot. I love Mr. Gaiman’s stylistic approach. It feels very impressionistic, almost dreamlike.
Do you have a novelette to recommend to me? Or one of your own? Let me know!