Saturday, April 18, 2009

Short Story Saturday: A

Neil Gaiman. "A Study in Emerald" Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders: 2007. 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.


  1. I'll definitely check it out! Thanks.

    If you haven't done so already, you should check out the podcasts of the Nebula Best Short Story Nominees 2008, here:

  2. Thanks for stopping by and entering the contest, your bookmark sounds lovely. :)