The 85 Best Things About Cormac McCarthy

Column by Peter Derk
July 20, 2018
How could we pick a mere 85? But seriously, in honor of Mr. McCarthy's 85th birthday, a handful of facts, bits of trivia, and some tall tales about one of our favorite authors.

The Top 10 Shark Books (that are in my house) Just in Time for Shark Week!

Column by David James Keaton
July 19, 2018
Just in time for Shark Week, here is the definitive list of shark books that this particular reviewer happened to have within reach.
An Interview with the Makers of Suspended in Dusk II

An Interview with the Makers of 'Suspended in Dusk II'

Interview by Annie Neugebauer
July 18, 2018
It's finally here! Literary horror anthology "Suspended in Dusk II" from Grey Matter Press. To celebrate, we spoke to editor Simon Dewar and publisher Anthony Rivera.

7 Tips For Your Summer Road Trip From Jack Kerouac

Column by Emmanuel Nataf
July 17, 2018
In homage to the trip behind Jack Kerouac's "On The Road," we're sharing seven Kerouac-inspired travel tips. Pack them up and take them with you... on the road.

A Call to Save Steepletop: Why Edna St. Vincent Millay’s Home Matters

Column by Leah Dearborn
July 16, 2018
"Dear Friend of the Millay Society," reads a letter from Board President, Vincent Elizabeth Barnett. "I am calling on you to help us Save Steepletop. We are in danger of closing our doors."

When To Utilize An Ensemble Cast and How To Do It Well

Column by Joshua Isard
July 16, 2018
Would your story benefit from multiple POVs? And does it have the scope to sustain them?

The 13 Unluckiest Characters In Fiction

Column by Meredith Borders
July 13, 2018
Feeling unlucky this Friday the 13th? You're not alone!

10 Reasons Book Reviews Still Matter

Column by Gabino Iglesias
July 12, 2018
Book reviews still matter, and we need more of them. Here's why.

Library Love: Voices of Dead Authors

Column by Stephanie Bonjack
July 12, 2018
It is surprisingly easy to find recordings of your favorite authors. Even those who are no longer with us.

Catherynne M. Valente's 'Space Opera' and the Delights of a Plotless Novel

Column by Bart Bishop
July 11, 2018
A look at Catherynne M. Valente’s 'Space Opera', an almost plotless novel that is more poetry than prose.
Impractical Joker James S. Murray on Debut Novel: "Awakened"

Impractical Joker James S. Murray on Debut Novel: "Awakened"

Interview by Joshua Chaplinsky
July 10, 2018
The comedian and television star discusses writing the first book of his intended trilogy.

Ten Harsh Truths I Learned Writing a Moderately Successful Series For A Small Press

Column by Rob Hart
July 10, 2018
Rob talks about some of the stuff he learned writing a five-book private detective series for Polis Books. Buckle up and get a helmet... it's gonna get bumpy.

Writing Emotions Effectively

Column by Repo Kempt
July 9, 2018
A guide to portraying emotions in your fiction.

The Enduring Fictional Legacy Of The Illuminati, America's Favorite Conspiracy Theory

Column by Christopher Shultz
July 8, 2018
Many people believe a centuries-old organization secretly controls the world, and we have a work of pure fiction to thank for that.
I'll Be Gone in the Dark

I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsession

Review by David James Keaton
July 5, 2018
Michelle McNamara's book "I'll Be Gone in the Dark" is undeniably an accomplishment, both because of and in spite of its fractured nature of the project.

23 Books that Prove America Ain't So Bad

Column by Peter Derk
July 3, 2018
Cue the Lee Greenwood. Fire up the grill. And pick up a book.

The Fowlest of Influences

Column by David Cranmer
July 2, 2018
David Cranmer mixes his passions for writing and bird watching to explain how nature has benefited his prose and social media presence. Stretching comparisons with bird-brained analogies? You decide.

The Psychogeography of Crime Fiction

Column by Gabino Iglesias
June 28, 2018
Psychogeography may be the most important element in modern crime fiction, and the one you're paying the least attention to.

Thanos: Marvel's Greatest Movie Villain

Column by BH Shepherd
June 27, 2018
What Thanos the Mad Titan can teach us about being a great villain.
'The Cabin at the End of the World' by Paul Tremblay

'The Cabin at the End of the World' by Paul Tremblay

Review by Meredith Borders
June 26, 2018
And now for something completely different from the “A Head Full of Ghosts” author.

7 Books on Dinosaurs You Need to Read Before Seeing 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom'

Column by Emmanuel Nataf
June 25, 2018
To celebrate the release of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, we did some digging into the metaphorical dirt to unearth seven must-read books on dinosaurs.

Poems to Read in an Existential Crisis and Other Unnecessarily Specific Recommendations

Column by Annie Neugebauer
June 21, 2018
Even if poetry isn’t generally your reading of choice, there’s something pretty magical about finding the perfect poem to read at the perfect time. Here are 15 to get you started.

Book vs. Film: 'Christine'

Column by Max Booth III
June 20, 2018
Stephen King and John Carpenter in the ring - who knocks who out first? The answer may not shock you!

The Sinful Virtues of Marginalia and Highlighting in Books

Column by David Cranmer
June 19, 2018
David Cranmer makes a case for why it's acceptable to underline, highlight, and write in the margins of your books.

31 Ways To Remove Phones From Your Fiction

Column by Peter Derk
June 18, 2018
Cats, movie theater vigilantes, and bungalows in the desert: All ways to take a phone out of your story.