LitReactor Staff Picks: The Best Books of 2019 - Part II

Column by Joshua Chaplinsky
December 13, 2019
Members of the LitReactor staff offer up their favorite reads, old and new, of 2019. Featuring: Richard Thomas, Alex Segura, Andrea Johnson, Christoph Paul, Leah Rhyne, and Peter Derk.

Why Isn't More Poetry Funny?

Column by Peter Derk
December 12, 2019
The greatest poetry question since that one that old dude wrote about which road to take.

Why Watch the Watchmen?

Column by BH Shepherd
December 11, 2019
A look at how HBO and Damon Lindelof's "Watchmen" relates to its source material.

10 Pieces of Advice Every Writer Should Ignore

Column by Gabino Iglesias
December 10, 2019
That thing you read online? Probably wrong. That old rule they told you was sacred? It's bullshit. Let me tell you why unlearning all of it is crucial.

LitReactor Staff Picks: The Best Books of 2019 - Part I

Column by Joshua Chaplinsky
December 9, 2019
Submitted for your approval (or derision): Members of the LitReactor staff offer up their favorite reads, old and new, of 2019.

20 Embarrassing Things Every Goddamn Writer Says

Column by Max Booth III
December 9, 2019
Ugh. Writers. Make sure you have a durable vomit bag nearby before reading.

The Best Horror Novels Of The Last Decade

Column by Christopher Shultz
December 6, 2019
Some truly amazing horror has come out of the last ten years. Here are just 20 noteworthy titles.

Craft A Cozy Mystery In Three Killer Steps

Column by Andrea J. Johnson
December 5, 2019
Crafting a mystery series can be fraught with peril, but tackle these three questions and you’re guaranteed to unlock what lies at the heart of the terror.

What I Learned at Gotham Writers Workshop's First-Ever Writing Conference

Column by Karis Rogerson
December 4, 2019
Writer and aspiring author Karis Rogerson went to Gotham Writers Workshop's first ever conference, and writes about a few of the takeaways.
Interview: 10 Questions with Francesco Levato

Interview: 10 Questions with Francesco Levato

Interview by Leza Cantoral
December 4, 2019
The "Arsenal/Sin Documentos" author discusses art, heritage and activism, and how they intersect.

Storyville: Using Your Family to Tell Dark Stories

Column by Richard Thomas
December 3, 2019
Some tips on using the people around you to provide depth, meaning, emotion, and authority in your stories.

What Does Anne Patchett Have in Common with Britney Spears?

Column by Jessica Marie Baumgartner
December 2, 2019
December 2nd holds a lot of birthdays, but none so great as Ann Patchett.

Quit Your Job, Write Full Time

Column by Peter Derk
November 27, 2019
It's the dream, right? So what's the path?

Her Dark Materials: Raising Inner Demons To Craft Complex Villains

Column by Amanda Bender
November 26, 2019
An analysis of Mrs. Coulter in the recent TV adaptation of "His Dark Materials" shows writers how to craft complex villains.

Cancel Culture Is Ruining Publishing!

Column by Gabino Iglesias
November 25, 2019
The social justice warriors have taken over publishing!

Have you Wished Ishmael Beah a Happy Birthday Today?

Column by Jessica Marie Baumgartner
November 22, 2019
This is a literary name everyone should know.

The Worst Fiverr Services for Writers

Column by Peter Derk
November 20, 2019
A roundup of some really terrible, though affordable, services.

10 Short Stories "Creepshow" Should Adapt For Season Two

Column by Max Booth III
November 19, 2019
Maybe the next season will feature more than one female writer?

Book vs Film: "In The Tall Grass"

Column by Christopher Shultz
November 18, 2019
The novella from Stephen King and Joe Hill gets a Netflix original adaptation.

Storyville: Using Rituals to Make Your Stories More Believable

Column by Richard Thomas
November 14, 2019
Some tips on how to use ritual, ceremony, and witchcraft to make your story more believable.

Movies Are Not The Ultimate Form Of Books

Column by Peter Derk
November 13, 2019
Books are not the larval stage of stories that achieve their final form when they become movies.

5 Bestsellers That Started Out As NaNoWriMo Projects

Column by Emmanuel Nataf
November 12, 2019
So that your motivation doesn’t flag as we’re approaching mid-November, here's a reminder of five books written during NaNoWriMo that went on to become national bestsellers.

Interview: Maxwell Bauman Loves His Jewish Mummy

Interview by Christoph Paul
November 11, 2019
An interview with Maxwell Bauman, author of "The Anarchist Kosher Cookbook" and "The Mummy of Canaan".
"A Sick Gray Laugh" by Nicole Cushing

"A Sick Gray Laugh" by Nicole Cushing

Review by Christopher Shultz
November 8, 2019
Nicole Cushing's latest work is way more disturbing than anything she's written before.

10 Movies I Wish Had Novelizations

Column by Gabino Iglesias
November 7, 2019
There are movies I love so much I wish someone turned them into novels so I could spend more time in the worlds they create.