By Sam Haysom
There aren’t many best-selling authors out there who still write novellas.
In publishing terms, the form is a tricky one: often too short to stand alone but too long to include in a short story collection, books in the 20,000-40,000 word range can sometimes hang in a kind of literary no man’s land. It’s tricky to make them work.
Stephen King’s found a way, though. Sprinkled throughout the horror master’s glorious 50-year career, nestled alongside his series, short story roundups and 400,000+ word epics, King has published a number of successful four-story novella collections. …