Post-Mortem: 'House of Leaves' by Mark Z. Danielewski

Column by Kasey Carpenter
February 17, 2012 (6) comments
An autopsy of Mark Danielewski's 'House of Leaves,' a book you could teach an entire college course on.

Comics 101: A Question of Canon

Column by BH Shepherd
February 17, 2012 (3) comments
As comics continue to accrue cultural currency, their occurrence in canonical conversations can only increase. These graphic novels are typically regarded as unimpeachable pinnacles of the form.

Get Off The Dang Computer: The Benefits Of Hands-On Research

Column by Rob Hart
February 16, 2012 (4) comments
The internet is a great resource--but it's not the best one. To really understand how the world works, you have to get out there and experience it for yourself. That's what produces good writing.

Storyville: Where Do You Get Your Ideas?

Column by Richard Thomas
February 16, 2012 (11) comments
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.

A Real Monster: Writing About People You Know

Column by Phil Jourdan
February 15, 2012 (8) comments
A warning to writers eager to turn their lives into material for a book — you have responsibilities to those whose lives you exploit.

What You Can Learn From Ronald Reagan: A Primer On Love Letters

Column by Taylor Houston
Give more than chocolate this V Day--try your hand at writing a love letter with a little help from the pros.

LURID: My Top 10 Bloody Valentines

Column by Karina Wilson
February 14, 2012 (4) comments
Happy ever after? How dull can you get?! Lurid's Top Ten pick of the bloodiest, most doomed, destructive and messed up relationships in literature. Happy Valentine's Day!

The Top 10 Fictional Antiheroes

Column by Meredith Borders
February 10, 2012 (23) comments
The antihero is complex and unknowable, and because of that, he is fascinating in ways a pure hero or villain could never be. Read on for ten of the greatest antiheroes in literature.

Behold! The Unfilmable: David Mitchell's 'Cloud Atlas'

Column by Joshua Chaplinsky
February 10, 2012 (4) comments
Is it possible to make a successful film adaptation of David Mitchell's post modern masterpiece? We'll know soon enough.

The Myth of Writer’s Block

Column by Jon Gingerich
February 9, 2012 (10) comments
An understanding of how the human mind operates proves that a temporary lack of creative ideas is not the result of “writer's block,” but the result of something else entirely.