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A spooky little boy like me…

by nickmamatas

Hey all,

Just a quick note tonight, that I was interviewed about our rockin’ and seasonally appropriate dark fantasy title ZOO over at Ranobe Café (coffee not included). Mostly it’s me ranting about how poorly short stories are treated in the US marketplace.

In the interview, I mention that Stephen King, who knows a little something about horror and about short stories, recently declared that people have forgotten how to read short fiction. Here is the piece, btw, provided by Simon & Schuster which is, not-so-coincidentally, the distributor of fine Haikasoru products and the occasional provider of doughnuts to me when I am in New York for sales conferences. Check it out! (Btw, he says a “bad word” so if you’re at work, put on headphones.)

Back when he was coming up, King would publish his short stories in men’s magazines and fantasy rags. Now that he is the most popular writer in the world, he can publish in The New Yorker, Paris Review, and Esquire, and he is one of the few authors whose short story collections can appear in mass market paperback after a hardcover release. For the rest of us, including Otsuichi, who is very popular in Japan (740,000+ copies of ZOO alone over there!) the short story collection is a risk. Is King right? Have we fallen out of love with the short story? Are we too LAZY to invest in a story and then eighteen pages later reset our brains and try again? I worry that he is right. After all, the men’s magazines and fantasy rags that once published King are now either defunct, devoid of fiction entirely, or have one-fifth the readers they once had.

Prove me—and the KING—wrong, kids! Buy ZOO and I’ll be able to publish more short fiction from Japan.

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4 Responses to “A spooky little boy like me…”

  1. Matt says:

    Ahem…Nick…did you mispell my blog intentionally? lol

    “Ranobe” not “Renobo”. hahaha!

  2. nickmamatas says:


    But hey, Renobo sounds cool! Maybe you should change it…

  3. Matt says:

    I’ll consider it……


    Thanks again for the great answers to my questions. I really appreciate it. 😉

  4. Matt says:

    I for one really hope the Short Story medium isn’t dieing. But I can certainly understand why people might feel hesitant regarding it.

    Otsuichi’s light novel “Calling You” was a series of 3 short stories. I loved it. An amazing novel in my opinion. And based on that, and his 2 other great short stories in Faust, I eagerly bought “Zoo”.

    Now, although I don’t agree all the stories are quite good. In fact, so far, having read a little over half the book, some stories are just downright sub-par when compared to other things Otsuichi has written. However, some of those short stories in “Zoo” are just wonderful and make the entire book worthwhile.

    Otsuichi, when truly putting his all into his stories, can truly produce an amazing work of fiction.

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