Short Story Cycles

Frequently Asked Questions

A work in progress …

Who is behind this site?

I’m Christopher Marcus and I am an independent artist and researcher. I originally graduated with a Master’s Thesis in Strategic Communications from Roskilde University in Denmark, but I since pursued writing short story cycles and thus got interested in the form. Read more about my other short story cycle projects here.

What types of materials does this site index?

Freely available online articles from peer-reviewed academic journals or by authors with academic credentials as well as theses and dissertations. If the material is available upon condition of a free subscription, i.e. creating an account, I will usually index it.

Monographs about short story cycles, but only by title.

What definitions of short story cycle do you operate with?

I index articles with all – to my knowledge – available definitions, even if they differ somewhat in substance, like “composite novel” and “story cycle”. See Short Story Cycle Terms.

What materials are not available in the indexes on this site?

Theses or Dissertations that are embargoed are not indexed.

Materials that are only available via paid subscription or campus access.

Most materials that are available exclusively in non-English languages. I will not index anything but English materials in the foreseeable future, simply due to the language barrier. I speak Spanish and German fairly well, but that’s about it. I am still considering if there is a way around this if, say, I’d like to do a section with texts available in Chinese only, but it’s difficult for me to say how that will be possible unless this site becomes a collaborative project. If you have ideas or want to help, do contact me.

Why are the entries not structured consistently?

This is a con amore website that I make up as I go a long. I try to be consistent but I don’t have the time or wherewithal to index everything consistently. For the same reason you will sometimes notice differences in the layout.

How can I be notified when there is a new entry? will also be updated occassionally from 2024 and onward and you can follow its feed via

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I will post here if I am able to deliver new methods – such as mailinglists or social media – for you to keep updated, but due to time constraints this is what I can offer for now!

Updated 18 Jan 2024