The short story is a genre that is actively discouraged by many modern publishers. Attention spans of the modern reader are getting shorter. The internet, twitter, txt messages and the other multifaceted forms of new media communication have pushed aside the old, increasing the speed and frequency with which readers seek information and decreasing the amount of time they are prepared to devote to it.
It makes sense therefore, that short stories make a well deserved come back.
In the 1890’s when Conan Doyle wrote the short stories that became Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes, the stories were initially Published in The Strand Magazine. A monthly title that sold over a half a million copies an issue. Readership figures that many modern publishers can only dream of. But in the days before television, films and even radio, it was the short stories in Strand that built the Holmes legend into the phenomenon it has now become.
As the stories are now out of copyright they can be found online.
Many legendary Holmes quotations can be found in this volume including: ‘It is my belief Watson, founded upon my experience, that the lowest and vilest alleys of London do not present a more dreadful record of sin than does the smiling and beautiful countryside.’ To which Watson responds, ‘You horrify me!’
For those of you who prefer the sensuality of the written page I recommend the Penguin edition.