For as long as writing has been around, short stories have been around as well. A Short Story is mostly defined as a story that has all the themes, characters and plots that would be considered for a novel but, it just does not have the length of one. Most people consider it to be around 1'600 to 20'000 words in length and so, it is much short than what a novel would be considered to be.
The Booker Prize, formerly the Man Booker Prize, is one of the most important events of the year for people like me. It is a prize offered for some of the best books written in the year. I love learning about the new books out every year and with the winners, you can definitely see what the reading trends are across the world and, with political and social climates, you can probably tell why.
As we know by now, I love to read. And although I did Film and Writing for my MA, I still did Literature for my BA and I still love to read as much as I love to analyse horror films. When it comes down to it, literature is quite possibly one of the greatest mediums for entertainment ever. People who think that reading is boring are they kinds of people you do not need in your life. Literature is amazing and authors are the creators of it.
When I was 18, I had this weird thing called, "I have no friends, but I have a ton of books, so I guess I'm good..." And in reality, we call that being a nerd. To break it down, I used to read and eat cheese in great amounts—so, not so much different to today, then.
Ghost stories are often called some of the scariest pieces of writing of all time, and they make up a great majority of the horror genre. Written from the beginning of literature onwards, people have always been interested in the movements of those who are already gone and have written many stories for and about them. Some are based on real experiences, some are completely fictitious (well, you better hope they are) and some have grounding in historical or fantastical realities.
As the 2020s approaches, it is time to look back on to the decade that is probably best to relate it to. The 1920s, also coined as "the Jazz Age" or the "Roaring 20s," was an age of progressive gender relations, an age of decadence and finally, with the Wall Street Market Crash, an age of absolute terror by the end of the decade.