The Age of No Controversy

Column by John Jarzemsky
February 22, 2012 (8) comments
No riots in the streets, no bonfire rallys, no blood in the gutter...are we living in an age of controversy-free literature?

Ask The Lit Coach: "Should I Submit Queries To Publishers If My First Novel Isn't Finished?" and More

Column by Erin Reel
February 21, 2012 (3) comments
The path to publication and creative focus are the topics this week on Ask The Lit Coach.

Book Brawl: The Strain vs. The Passage

Column by Meredith Borders
February 21, 2012 (8) comments
Duking it out in the ring this month, we have the first novels in concurrent vampire trilogies: THE PASSAGE by Justin Cronin and THE STRAIN by Guillermo del Toro.

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!