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I'm wondering--do we have a rule for what counts as a novella vs. a short story? The question mainly matters for whether we italicize or put the title in quotation marks--I think that's our rule, anyway.

Mostly I see novellas described as being between 17,500 and 40,000 words, though sometimes you see 20,000 as the lower bound, and sometimes it's 10,000. In round numbers, that's like 60, 70 or 35 pages as the minimum.

It might be worth taking a look at our page on Lovecraft's word counts:

Lovecraft's Word Counts

These are the stories that would be novellas with the shorter count:

The Shunned House 10,742 1923
The Thing on the Doorstep 10,954 1933
The Call of Cthulhu 11,905 1926
Herbert West--Reanimator 11,998 1921
The Colour Out of Space 12,457 1927
The Dreams in the Witch House 14,789 1932

The Dunwich Horror is the only story between 17,500 and 20,000 words.

These are the Lovecraft stories that are pretty clearly novellas--between 20,000 and 40,000 words:

The Shadow Out of Time 25,323 1934
The Whisperer in Darkness 26,624 1930
The Shadow Over Innsmouth 27,026 1931

Which leaves these three as Lovecraft's (short) novels:

At the Mountains of Madness 40,881 1931
The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath 42,589 1927
The Case of Charles Dexter Ward 51,112 1927

I guess I'm thinking we should go with 17,500 as the cutoff, but it's pretty arbitrary whatever number we pick.