Neil Gaiman. "A Study in Emerald" Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders: 2007. Audible.com: 2006.
I downloaded this story for free from audible, or you can listen to it here. It's delightfully weird - a combination of Sherlock Holmes and Lovcraftian Cthulhu mythology, in neither of which am I really an expert. This story asks for intense listening - I wanted to stop and pay attention to it. It's short and sweet and its pacing unfolds perfectly.
What I loved about this story is that it felt wonderfully self-contained and yet opened the possibility for whole worlds of other stories at the same time. I wished for more glimpses into that world, and yet I was satisfied with what I read. I highly recommend you check this out - it's sort and sweet and free and it's an excellent demonstration of storytelling craft.
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