I'm writing a series of horror novellettes and in order to introduce the main characters, I've decided to write a few short stories. These stories will function as intros, but I don't want to call them that. Thinking in terms of a television show, I've seen this happened, although I can't remember how it's called. What word am I searching for? Is there such a word?

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    – Dan Bron
    Commented Oct 5, 2016 at 11:25
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    you're perhaps thinking of "backstory", and similar phrases, also.
    – Fattie
    Commented Oct 5, 2016 at 12:55
  • Are you thinking of the word pilot? That's not really the right analogue, although it usually does introduce the main characters. Commented Oct 5, 2016 at 14:17
  • Regarding TV, you might be thinking of cold open or cold opening, but the concept doesn't really apply to the situation you describe.
    – DyingIsFun
    Commented Oct 5, 2016 at 14:28

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You could call those stories preludes to your main story:

an action or event serving as an introduction to something more important.

"education cannot simply be a prelude to a career"

synonyms: preliminary, overture, opening, preparation, introduction, start, commencement, beginning, lead-in, precursor

"the ceasefire was a prelude to peace negotiations"

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