Richard Thomas

Storyville: Living Vicariously Through Our Fiction

Some thoughts on how and why we live through our stories and protagonists.
Repo Kempt

10 Things Every Horror Writer Should Read

Given the limited amount of reading time in our lives, it's important not to waste time consuming material that won't help us progress and develop.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Reading Broadly to Write Better

In order to write deep, layered, original fiction you MUST read broadly.

Instead of Joining a Book Club This Year, Subscribe To a Literary Podcast

Make it your New Year's Resolution to find and read more books through the literary world's secret weapon: podcasts.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Method Writing

What is method writing, and how can it help breathe authenticity into your work?
Richard Thomas

Storyville: What the 'Best Horror of the Year' Anthology Can Teach Us

There is a lot we, as authors, can learn by reading the Best Horror of the Year anthology.
Gabino Iglesias

Why You Shouldn't Ignore Religion in Your Fiction

Religion is a huge part of life. Here are a few reasons why you shouldn't ignore it in your fiction.
James A. McLaughlin

Bearskin: A Fast Read 20 Years in the Making

The story of a fifty-four year old’s debut novel. Twenty-plus years of writing, revising, letting it sit, then rewriting and re-revising some more.
Repo Kempt

Writing the Crime Scene: Blood

A guide to writing realistic crime and horror fiction when your manuscript involves blood.
Justin Hunter

Research Isn't Writing

Research is important, but you don't want to become a researcher. Learn how to research as a writer instead of writing as a researcher.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Activities to Feed Your Dark Creative Soul Around Halloween

A few ideas on how to tap into your inner darkness, as we approach Halloween.
Mike Cooper

Using The *Big* Words: Five Tips On Making Jargon And Tech Work For Your Writing, Rather Than Against It

With his new heist novel "The Downside" on shelves now, Mike Cooper offers some tips on how to prevent tech-heavy prose from making your story screech to a halt.
Repo Kempt

Writing the Crime Scene: Murder or Suicide?

Writing a crime scene where a murder is made to look like a suicide? Here's a guide to doing your research and getting the forensic details right.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Young Protagonists—MG vs. YA vs. Adult

Some advice for writing young protagonists for Middle Grade, YA, and adult fiction.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: The Proper Use of Violence in Fiction

Violence in fiction—when to use it, and when to avoid it.
Gabino Iglesias

Cannibalizing Yourself: 9 Reasons You Should Mine Your Life for Ideas

Strange experiences, new situations, and faraway galaxies are all great, but sometimes looking inside yourself and revisiting your memories is the best thing you can do for your writing.
Repo Kempt

Writing the Crime Scene: Mental Illness

Psychopathic kilers, depressed cops and neurotic detectives. Mental illness is a recurring staple of crime fiction. Here's a guide to doing your research and getting the details right.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Writing Compelling Dust Jacket Copy

Tips for writing compelling dust jacket copy that makes the back of your book sing.
Alex Segura

Open to Inspiration: How Your Own Family History Can Feed Your Fiction

Acclaimed crime/mystery novelist Alex Segura talks about finding inspiration for his next book in his own family's Cuban history.
Repo Kempt

Writing the Crime Scene: 5 Fictional Female Detectives of Note

March is Women's History Month in most of the world (except Canada), so here's five fictional female detectives that you probably don’t know, but should.
Repo Kempt

5 Comics Every Crime Writer Needs To Read

Crime writers can learn a lot about their craft from well-written comic books. Here's five superb crime comics to whet your appetite.
Repo Kempt

Writing the Crime Scene: Arson

A guide to writing realistic depictions of arson and fire investigation in crime fiction.