Column by Gayle Towell
This column explores the art of editing by carefully analyzing paragraphs submitted by readers.
Column by Leah Dearborn
Whenever a source of authority grows too powerful and begins to usurp the common people, Robin Hood-like characters start to appear in film and literature.
Column by Ryan Peverly
A story about a kid winning a chance to visit a mysterious candy factory that touches on themes of consumerism, the economy, racism, and the cutthroat competition among corporate manufacturers.
Column by Peter Derk
Does weed help the writing process? Let's find out.
Column by Riki Cleveland
With back-to-school on everyone’s mind, what better way to further your education than with a young adult novel set in a historical time period?
Column by Susan DeFreitas
Every novel is a special snowflake, sure, but many go wrong in the same ways. An editor breaks down known issues at the level of plot, structure, and characterization she sees over and over again.
Column by Christopher Shultz
Nightmare-fueled narratives and "literary merit" are not so unfamiliar as one might believe. As a matter of fact, they make quite excellent bedfellows.
Column by Karina Wilson
The FIFTIETH (count 'em) Lurid takes a look at America's fascination with outlaw biker gangs, from 'The Wild One' to the final season of 'Sons of Anarchy', which begins on TV this week.
Column by Max Booth III
The soundtrack’s main goal is to better emphasize the book’s atmosphere while also helping readers discover new music.
Column by Cath Murphy
Published just over 50 years ago, 'The Bell Jar' by Plath has sold in the millions. But does it deserve its stellar reputation?