Am I the only one who feels overwhelmed when I think about trying to keep up with all of the short fiction that gets published? There are so many sites publishing crime fiction on a regular basis that it is impossible to keep up with all of it. When one site hangs it up, there's always another one you can start reading. And if you decide to try to include print publications in your reading, there's even more variety out there.
Of course, it's not like the days of the pulps when such stories were considered mass entertainment,of drugstores were filled with Gold Medal paperbacks but the Internet is essentially unlimited in the amount of content it can hold, so there is room for everything, but a lot of pulp fiction was completely forgettable. For every Hammett or Chandler, who knows how many undistinguished writers there were? And let's face it, a lot of stuff that sold a ton of copies is, in final analysis, less than worthy of being remembered (I'm looking at you, Mr. Spillane.) I think that being a niche product has, overall, helped the quality of the stories that are available, especially with short stories, which are now largely a non-commercial endeavor. (Even though, there are plenty of anthologies you can buy.) I just wish I had the time and energy to keep up with all of it.
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