Stick the Landing: How to End a Horror Story

Column by Peter Derk October 20, 2021
Endings are the make or break of horror stories. Stop blowing it.

Big-Time Author Bucket List

Column by Peter Derk
Everybody needs one. And you need to make it BEFORE you're big time.

Is The Novel Dead?

Column by Peter Derk March 23, 2020
The accumulated filth will look up and shout "SHORTER! SHORTER COLUMNS!" ...and I'll look down and whisper, "No. Because you see, the real thing is..."

5 Books About Death and Renewal for the New Year

Column by Stephanie Bonjack January 25, 2019
New Year's Resolutions not your thing? Perhaps a meditation on death and renewal will get you focused for the year. My suggestions to get you started.

Upon My Death: What Happens To An Author's Unfinished Work?

Column by Peter Derk November 8, 2018
If you don't make those decisions before you die, your loved ones will have to. And even then, who knows...

Voices of the Dead: In Memories and Literary Prose

Column by David Cranmer October 13, 2017
David Cranmer explores how literary authors Chekov, Amis, and Greene portray death in their fiction, interweaving his own experiences with the dead and why realism is compulsory in his reading.

Ashes To Ashes: 6 Books About Funerals

Column by Leah Dearborn
These authors don't just address the difficult and often taboo subject of human mortality, they also play with it, using wit and skill to shine a light on the dark moments at the end of a life.

Book Clubs Delay Inevitable Death

News by Peter Derk
Turns out that a book club can save your life. Well, a couple years of it, anyway.
Winnie-the-Pooh's Skull Goes On Display

Winnie-the-Pooh's Skull Goes On Display

News by Peter Derk November 23, 2015
Winnie the Pooh was real, he died, and now you can see his skull.

10 Bloodlust-Satisfying Deaths in Fiction

Column by Christopher Shultz May 8, 2015
WARNING: HUGE SPOILERS. Sometimes, there are villains in fiction that we hate with a burning passion, and seeing them die satiates our bloodlusty desires.

Wake Up and Stop Writing Dream Sequences

Column by Max Booth III April 23, 2015
All books and movies possess individual universes fabricated with their own set of rules. Dreams allow these rules to be broken. When not handled well, they can be viewed as a sign of weakness.

LURID: Death Becomes Her

Column by Karina Wilson
Where is Death on your 'To Do' list? We're all going to have to handle it, so why is the topic so taboo? Lurid takes a look at four female-penned memoirs about the business of dying.

Giving Up the Ghost: How to Bury Dead Writing

Column by Leah Dearborn March 27, 2015
Giving up on a piece of writing seems counterintuitive. We’re told from an early age that if we just keep trying, one day we’ll succeed. But sometimes effort just isn’t enough.
They Dug Up Cervantes

They Dug Up Cervantes

News by Peter Derk March 17, 2015
The remains of Miguel de Cervantes have been discovered and dug up. Hooray?

Storyville: Love Instead of Death—Writing With Heart

Column by Richard Thomas February 5, 2015
Replace death with love, in your writing, and see what happens.
Boy Who Came Back From Heaven Never Actually Went

Boy Who Came Back From Heaven Never Actually Went

News by Peter Derk January 19, 2015
Are these heavenly tourism books a bunch of Malarkey?

Storyville: Death in Fiction

Column by Richard Thomas May 6, 2014
Death in fiction — who, what, when, where and why.