Some of the very best thrillers and suspense stories come in short form.
I’m thinking of classic pulp writers such as Raymond Chandler, who used the taut and truncated limitations of the short form to perfection.
Short form thrillers are coming back into vogue now ereading and indie publishing allows authors to release stories of any length. The story is told in the length it takes instead of padding the story to meet an arbitrary traditional publication length.
Penpee, a UK startup, is offering short fiction for sale for a few pennies per read. They don’t have a lot of fiction there yet, but if you like short stories, and you’re in the UK, you might want to keep an eye on the site.
PS: Happy Independence Day to US readers! – cc.