Chuck Palahniuk's "Not Forever, But For Now": It's Both

Chuck Palahniuk's "Not Forever, But For Now": It's Both

Review September 4, 2023 by Peter Derk
Chuck Palahniuk’s biggest trick is that his books will make readers feel smart or force the reader to carry a feeling for the characters. And his best books do both. This one is a "both" kind of book.

The Absolute Worst Schools in Fiction

Column September 1, 2023 by Jena Brown
Dreading back to school? Here's a list of awful educational institutions to make you feel better about your own.
Alex Kazemi

Alex Kazemi: "I Hope It Is Career Suicide"

Interview August 31, 2023 by Gabriel Hart
Gabriel Hart speaks with Alex Kazemi, author of New Millenium Boyz (Permuted Press).

Jonathan Safran Foer's "Tree of Codes": Gimmick or Great Read?

Column August 30, 2023 by Peter Derk
Whenever you run across a book with a very unusual format, you have to ask: Is this the horse to bet on, or is it a one-trick pony?

The Silly Gooses Theater Company

Column August 29, 2023 by Joshua Mohr
How the pandemic changed the way Joshua and his daughter Ava interacted, and how it became the kicking off point for the “Demented Whimsy” of the novel "Farsickness," excerpted here.

I’m an Idiot or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Novella

Column August 28, 2023 by Warren Wagner
Warren Wagner discusses his dark, gay, zombie novella and how he adapted it from a screenplay.

Storyville: Literary Devices—10 Common Writing Techniques and How to Use Them

Column August 25, 2023 by Richard Thomas
Ten literary devices to help with your fiction.
"Two Minutes With The Devil" by Matt Micheli: A Rumination

"Two Minutes With The Devil" by Matt Micheli: A Rumination

Review August 24, 2023 by Ben Tanzer
Micheli has the chops, and they are dripping with dread.

Should You Join A Writers Organization?

Column August 23, 2023 by Cina Pelayo
A general overview of 4 of the biggest to help with your decision.
"Riding the Nightmare" by Lisa Tuttle

"Riding the Nightmare" by Lisa Tuttle

Review August 22, 2023 by Christopher Shultz
A "greatest hits" collection of Lisa Tuttle's decades-worth of fiction that serves as a great introduction to the writer.

10 Years Ago, Librarians Predicted What Today's Library Would Look Like

Column August 21, 2023 by Peter Derk
What did they get right, what did they get wrong, and what are we STILL messing up today?

Using Peace, Quiet, and Introspection to Intensify Your Writing

Column August 18, 2023 by Richard Thomas
How those quiet moments may end up being some of the most revealing and powerful in your story.

Restricting Kids' Reading Through Bans Is Bad For Everyone

Column August 16, 2023 by Karis Rogerson
A reflection on the effects of restricting what young people read.

Book vs. Film: "Dracula" vs. "The Last Voyage of the Demeter"

Column August 14, 2023 by Christopher Shultz
The old Count rises up once again, this time in a screen adaptation of a very short section of Stoker's original novel.

The Don'ts And Definitely Don'ts of Writing Stupid-Funny Books

Column August 11, 2023 by Peter Derk
When you want to write funny, there are a few don'ts and a whole load of definitely don'ts.
Joe Hempel: Breathing Life into Audiobooks

Joe Hempel: A Human Narrator Breathing Life into Audiobooks

Interview August 9, 2023 by Andrew Fowlow (1) comments
Exploring audiobook narration with Joe Hempel: A journey through emotion, authenticity, and the enduring human touch in storytelling.

Chat GPT Part 2: Unemployed Boogaloo

Column August 7, 2023 by Megan J. Kaleita
The continuing adventures of a (now) unemployed copywriter.

Authors Slap ChatGPT With A Lawsuit: What Happens Next?

Column August 4, 2023 by Peter Derk
Hear that smack? That's Paul Tremblay and Mona Awad slapping ChatGPT with a lawsuit.

Grad School Residency IV: Leaving Fear Behind

Column August 3, 2023 by Karis Rogerson
After a tough residency for grad school, Karis Rogerson reflects on lessons learned.
"The Beast You Are" by Paul Tremblay

"The Beast You Are" by Paul Tremblay

Review August 2, 2023 by Christopher Shultz
Paul Tremblay once again proves he’s a literary “beast” with his new short story collection.

Spellbinding Reads for Young Adults

Column August 1, 2023 by Stephanie M. Wytovich, MFA
Five witchy middle-grade and young-adult graphic novel recommendations.

When a Town Rallies Around Censorship: Dispatches From The Culture War Frontline

Column July 31, 2023 by Paul Michael Anderson
I attend a Town Meeting where the local library is threatened with budget cuts over the "inappropriate" books available and the librarians' refusal to remove them.
Apocalypse Confidential

Low Lives and High Strangeness: An Interview With Jacob Everett of Apocalypse Confidential

Interview July 28, 2023 by Gabriel Hart (1) comments
Gabriel Hart interviews Jacob Everett, EiC of Apocalypse Confidential.

How and Why I Built a Bookselling Monster

Column July 27, 2023 by Peter Derk
Yes, a literal bookselling monster. Named Archivos.

Storyville: Depression as Catharsis in Your Fiction

Column July 26, 2023 by Richard Thomas
How depression can lead to catharsis in your storytelling.