Richard Connell not only authored over 300 short stories, but was also a journalist and worked in advertising earlier in his life. Richard Connell began his writing career working for a local newspaper. After college and after returning from war he worked in advertising before he began writing short stories and screen plays. Most of his work can be classified as action adventure and suspenseful. He also incorporated early life experiences, such as writing about baseball for the local newspaper and working in advertising, into his short stories. By incorporating these life experiences into his writings, Connell short stories are usually realistic and contained stereotypical characters.