In: GrammarIn 10 years, I've given a lot of grammar advice. Some of it is bullshit now, but some of it is truer than ever.
In: PoetrySometimes the best way to retell a tarnished story is through poetry. Steven Reigns' new book, "A Quilt For David", re-examines an old moral panic from the 1990s and finds it wanting.
In: ThemeIt’s easy to view these aesthetics as trends of small consequence, but it’s more interesting to watch their evolution against the scope of other romantic movements.
In: ResearchTips and tricks for navigating the world of book blurbs.
In: SettingHeyer said of her own writing in the 1940s, “I think to myself I ought to be shot for writing such nonsense," but her self-deprecation undermined her wit and substantial body of bestselling work.
In: PoetryAn open letter to Charles Bukowski on his birthday.
In: NarratorFresh ideas can be learned from books told from a different perspective.
In: AbstractsHow to write authentic fiction that resonates with other people.
In: VoiceWhat you write matters. Getting paid is not enough.
In: StructureSome tips on inserting scene breaks into your short stories.
In: POVRichard dissects his epistolary horror story, "In His House."
In: RewritingIt's crucial that you can read your writing as the audience, an author, AND an editor.
By Peter Derk
In: CharacterGhosts I ain't afraid of, ghosts I AM afraid of, evaluating the handsomeness of Stephen King, ludonarrative dissonance, and everything else Alan Wake.
By Gabriel Hart
In: SettingHow do you write about the ‘now’ in a time of ongoing global crisis?
In: ThemeSpace exploration has been a popular topic in recent publishing, with a growing number of voices writing on the subject. Here are 10 books to keep you company for the (very) long flight.
In: VoiceThis essay encourages readers and writers alike to bridge the gap between literary and genre in order to find horror in unsuspecting places.
In: ResearchThe top reasons authors don't submit their work, and my responses.
In: StructureHow to structure horror fiction with a standup comedian's POV.
By Peter Derk
In: CharacterWhat gives you the right to tell someone else's story?