Hello! My name is Christopher Marcus and I’m the creator of a handful of linked short story / short story cycle projects – one of which you have stumbled upon here.
If you have arrived here of your own free will you probably have at least some idea of what a linked short story collection / short story cycle is, but just in case allow me to quote Forrest Ingram, who was the first modern writer to name and analyze the form:
“a short story cycle [is] a book of short stories so linked to each other by their author that the reader’s successive experience on various levels of the pattern of the whole significantly modifies his experience of each of its component parts”– Ingram, Forrest L. Representative Short Story Cycles of the Twentieth Century. The Hague: Mouton, 1971, p. 19.
I have read lots of definitions of short story cycles and to be honest this one – the very first – is still as good as it gets for me. There is room for plenty of discussion, though, but that’s for another of my websites.
So. Now that that’s cleared up … here’s a wee bit more about boring ol’ me:
I am a writer and researcher, who originally graduated with a Master’s Thesis in Strategic Communications from Roskilde University in Denmark, but since then I fell into the rabbit hole of writing creatively. In the last 10 years, I have written mostly contemporary short story cycles and gotten ever more fascinated by the form. The page you see before you is an overview of all my projects in this regard!
First up is this site – linkedshortstories.com – which is intended to list all the linked short story collections I know of – with a presentation and generally valuable links to more information about the collection.
I also have an encyclopedic site, where I list articles, theses, and dissertations about short story cycles. This is where you would find the aforementioned academic discussions and analyses of the form.
Finally, I have an online collection of linked short stories that tell the story of a family through three generations – from 1968 to 2068.
My main focus is ‘life and how to make the best of it’ even though it is sometimes hard and will knock you down.
My themes and topics are love and loss, families and special needs, hope and dreams, and endless road trips.
You can find my stories on dependingonthemorningsun.com (covering the years 2015-2025 and the trials of Carrie’s family) and on shadeofthemorningsun.com (full catalog, all three generations, 100+ stories and counting).
Feel free to check it out and let me know what you think!
If you have any recommendations for linked short stories (or academic work about them) which I should index – feel free to shoot me an email.
If you are interested in quick updates only, about new linked short story collections I have found, feel free to follow my Facebook page.
All of the sites above are labors of love and will be updated occasionally, as life permits.