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The Horror, the Horror of Short Form Fiction

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Despite the publication this past year of behemoth novels like Donna Tartt’s 750 page The Goldfinch and Eleanor Catton’s 850 page The Luminaries, current trends increasingly embrace truncated fiction. MobyLives took the conclusion of the third annual Twitter Fiction Festival as an opportunity to look at short form horror fiction known as creepypasta:

This type of short horror fiction is often spread via screen-caps of messageboards or crudely pasted together in MS Paint in order to lend it a sort of underground zine-y authenticity.

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Announcing the Twitter Fiction Festival Lineup

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The third annual Twitter Fiction Festival (March 12–16), sponsored by Penguin Random House and the Association of American Publishers, just announced its schedule of featured storytellers.

Highlights include a meta horror story by Benjamin Percy, Star Wars in tweets by Ian Doescher, a sinful beach house weekend told in real time by Julia Fierro, the hidden erotic inner life of Downton Abbey’s Mr.

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Twitter Fiction Festival A Success

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Previously, we blogged about Rumpus contributor Elliott Holt’s Twitter mystery. As it turns out, Rumpus contributor and interviewee Scott Hutchins wrote one as well, a San Francisco noir called “The Nanny.”

They were both part of the five-day Twitter Fiction Festival, which the Los Angeles Times calls the “first official effort to organize and present a creative event that uses the social networking site…as a forum for art.”

Read the rest of their coverage to learn more about how a 140-character limit places restrictions on fiction writers—and lets them be inventive in unexpected ways.

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