Storyville: Writing Horror Stories

Column by Richard Thomas June 6, 2012
What does it take to write a terrifying story? Every tool in your writer's toolbelt.

Storyville: Dissection of "Twenty Reasons to Stay and One to Leave"

Column by Richard Thomas May 2, 2012
Richard Thomas dissects one of his short stories, the Pushcart Prize nominated "Twenty Reasons to Stay and One to Leave."

Storyville: Revealing Character

Column by Richard Thomas April 17, 2012
Here are some tips on how to reveal character through showing, not telling.

Short Shorts: Extremely brief prose forms plus LitReactor’s first Short Shorts Contest!

Column by Taylor Houston March 21, 2012
Learn all about how to write the shortest stories possible, plus enter your own 10 word/2 sentence short short for a chance to win some LitReactor swag. Short short = Win win!

Storyville: How to Get An Agent

Column by Richard Thomas March 13, 2012
The brutal truth about trying to land an agent.

Storyville: Where Do You Get Your Ideas?

Column by Richard Thomas February 16, 2012
Where do you get your ideas? Turns out, you can get them just about anywhere. But the best stories tap into your personal experiences and emotional truths.

Storyville: Research and Duotrope

Column by Richard Thomas January 17, 2012
An in-depth analysis of Duotrope.com, one of the best websites for submitting and tracking your writing.

Neglected Books: Short Stories by Landolfi, Steiner, Wilson and Borges

Column by Phil Jourdan December 8, 2011
This month we look at four great short stories by very different authors — from the story of a man married to a balloon to the capture of Adolf Hitler, from turtle soup to an intellectual conspiracy.

Storyville: The Journey of "Rudy Jenkins Buries His Fears"

Column by Richard Thomas December 5, 2011
The journey of a single short story can be a difficult one. Track "Rudy" on his epic voyage.
"The Angel Esmeralda" by Don Delillo

"The Angel Esmeralda" by Don Delillo

Review by Joshua Chaplinsky November 22, 2011
After over 30 years in the business, literary heavyweight Don Delillo finally published his first book of short stories.

Storyville: Cover Letters and Bridging the Gap

Column by Richard Thomas November 8, 2011
Once you've got a story written, how do you send it out into the world?

Storyville: Finding Your Voice

Column by Richard Thomas October 19, 2011
Embarking on the quest to find your very own literary voice