Chris Walsh (chris_walsh) wrote,
Chris Walsh
chris_walsh

Described well.

Over at the Harlan Ellison DOT Com message board, member Michael Mayhew called short stories "the cognac of fiction."

I like that.

Here's the full quote, in which he praises the short stories in Joe Hill's 20th Century Ghosts:
Michael Mayhew
- Tuesday, July 1 2008 11:24:56


2) I'm in the thick of Joe Hill's 20th Century Ghosts. I bought it because I enjoyed Heart Shaped Box so much. In this collection Hill seems to have staked out a fascinating middle ground between genre fiction and "literary" short stories (literary being a fancy word for a closely-observed, slice-of-life with a small epiphany at the end)(epiphany being a fancy word for... oh, never mind). The guy is a big talent I think, taking the family business to places even more interesting then either of his very gifted parents. Best part for me is he's reminding me again of what I like about short stories - the cognac of fiction.
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