Bryant & May In Shorts
Over the past few years whenever someone has wanted to publish a short story in the crime genre, either for a charity collection or an anthology, I’ve written a Bryant & May story for them. Now I seem to have quite a few in my files. But how to get them to the public? Short story collections really don’t sell well these days, so my idea of doing book of missing cases is still a non-starter.
I did release ‘Bryant & May’s Mystery Tour’ as a short story Kindle single and I’m told it did well. Is that the way forward with the others? My friend Joanne Harris publishes short stories on Twitter, which involves retailoring all the sentences to length. I can’t see that this would work for the old gits.
I’m loathe to just leave them in my laptop as some are quite good. Perhaps I’ll be able to convince a publisher to look at them after the twelfth novel is out next year. The tales involve circus freaks, mad musicians, period settings, whodunits and the odd locked room puzzle. It would be a pity to waste them.
Plans for a mass-market version of ‘The Casebook of Bryant & May’ graphic novel were scuppered by the original’s poor distribution, which meant people had trouble finding it anywhere. A new TV option has now been taken out on the books, but so far my attempts to reach a new audience have failed.
But these things take time. I’m happy to increase my story output if the interest is there. I’ll keep you up to date with any future developments.