The Bookish Hugeness Of Fall 2022

Column by Peter Derk
Summer is garbage for books and for life, but fall will come and save us all.

Reading and Watching S. Craig Zahler

Column by Peter Derk
'Wraiths of The Broken Land' is easily the best thing I read this year. And the grossest.

The 85 Best Things About Cormac McCarthy

Column by Peter Derk July 20, 2018
How could we pick a mere 85? But seriously, in honor of Mr. McCarthy's 85th birthday, a handful of facts, bits of trivia, and some tall tales about one of our favorite authors.

10 Books to Make You Feel Thankful

Column by Gabino Iglesias
If you're like me, books are tied to many things in your life. As we sit down this holiday season, I offer you ten books that, for a variety of reasons, make me feel thankful.

Inspiration vs. Influence: Using What We Know

Column by Brian Allen Carr
A discussion of how writers take, steal and borrow content, and why.

5 Benefits of Using a Typewriter on Your First Draft

Column by Max Booth III November 3, 2016
Just please don't bring it to a coffee shop.
Bookshots: 'We Eat Our Own' by Kea Wilson

Bookshots: 'We Eat Our Own' by Kea Wilson

Review by Max Booth III
What if Cormac McCarthy had written "Cannibal Holocaust"?

Book vs Album: 'Blood Meridian' vs 'The Last Pale Light in the West'

Column by Peter Derk June 2, 2016
Because we'll never get a book-to-movie on this one, Cormac McCarthy's 'Blood Meridian' versus Ben Nichols' 'The Last Pale Light In The West.'

For A Brief, Shining Moment, We Were Getting A 'Blood Meridian' Movie

News by Peter Derk May 6, 2016
There were a few hours today when the world believed the long-awaited 'Blood Meridian' movie was really happening. Those were a good few hours.

I’d Rather Talk to Hitler Than to Jesus: The Importance of the Bad Guy in Your Story

Column by Cath Murphy April 15, 2016
I'm sure Jesus was a really nice guy, but if I had the option, I'd rather spend an evening interrogating Adolf Hitler on his life choices.

6 Killer Death Scenes to Tattoo On Your Writer's Brain

Column by JS Breukelaar April 8, 2016
Great death scenes take you along for the ride but leave you short, alone, not quite dead yourself, but not quite as alive as you thought you were. Or maybe more so.

Five Literary Sex Scenes You Wish You'd Written

Column by JS Breukelaar January 29, 2016
Unearned sex scenes are hard to swallow. Here are five writers that get to the guts of what's at stake when we get naked.
A Tiny Peek At Cormac McCarthy's New Novel

A Tiny Peek At Cormac McCarthy's New Novel

News by Peter Derk
Cormac McCarthy's gives the world a peek at his newest novel.

Footnotes: 'King Lear' and 9 More Books Masquerading in Other Genres

Column by Ryan Peverly
Browse a bookshelf and chances are you'll find several titles that aren't exactly as they appear — books in costume, masquerading in one genre when they're really something else entirely.

Caffeinated Lit: 9 Coffee and Book Pairings

Column by Christine J. Schmidt October 16, 2014
Find out what book goes best with your favorite caffeinated beverage.
Cormac McCarthy's Ex-Wife Arrested After Pulling Gun Out of Vagina

Cormac McCarthy's Ex-Wife Arrested After Pulling Gun Out of Vagina During Argument About Aliens

News by Sean May January 9, 2014
The ex-wife of Cormac McCarthy was arrested after having a heated argument with her boyfriend and pulling a gun out of a rather curious location.
New Teaser For James Franco's 'Child Of God'

New Teaser For James Franco's 'Child Of God' Adaptation

News by Christopher Shultz August 29, 2013
The unstopable actor-turned-director gives us a glimpse of his Cormac McCarthy adaptation.

Eating Babies: Boundaries for Writers in Fiction

Column by Cath Murphy June 27, 2013
Pushing the boundaries is what good fiction does. But are there some lines we as writers should never cross?

Literature's Ten Most Disturbing Sociopaths

Column by Kimberly Turner June 7, 2013
These characters will dazzle you with wit and charm, then destroy you without remorse. Meet literature's ten most disturbing sociopaths...

Reading With Purpose: Four Reasons Every Writer Should Join a Book Club

Column by Christopher Shultz April 16, 2013
As bookish people, writers will enjoy the variety, lively discussions, and opportunities for critical thinking that book clubs offer.

Three Books About...The Road

Column by Cath Murphy March 26, 2013
Contrast three writers on the same subject and what you end up with is not just interesting—what you end up with is inspiration.

What Scares You? 30 Terrifying Horror Stories Straight Out Of Your Worst Nightmares

Column by Kimberly Turner October 31, 2012
Nothing to fear but fear itself? What about dead things, evil dolls, darkness, madmen, water, spiders, and snakes? No matter what freaks you out, there's a book that'll scare the hell out of you.

Death Turns The Page: Seven Notable Literary Kills

Column by Jon Korn October 26, 2012
When better than this, the spookiest of all months, to examine 7 of the most memorable - and gruesome! - murders in literary history?

It's More Than Just Meth Labs and Single Wides: A Rural Noir Primer

Column by Keith Rawson June 6, 2012
Keith Rawson introduces the uninitiated to the dark, emotionally complex world of "country" noir.