Halloween 2020 Reading List

Column by Sadie Hartmann
September 18, 2020
With October just a few weeks away, it's time to collect all those seasonal, Halloweenish books you want to enjoy!

Struggling to Journal, but Learning to Forgive Myself

Column by Karis Rogerson
September 17, 2020
One writer talks about her big plans at the start of lockdown to journal every day, and how much she's failed at that — but that's okay, because there's always tomorrow.
Review: "It Came from the Multiplex: 80s Midnight Chillers" Edited By Joshua Vio

"It Came from the Multiplex: 80s Midnight Chillers" Edited by Joshua Viola

Review by Christopher Shultz
September 16, 2020
Reading 'Multiplex' is a bit like watching 'Creepshow': it’s gory, goofy, and painted in the broadest strokes imaginable.

Evaluating The Wit and Wisdom of H.L. Mencken

Column by Joshua Isard
September 15, 2020
Parsing the style and substance of the cultural critic, H.L. Mencken. Does it hold up to modern scrutiny?

Happy Birthday to Richard Smyth: the Most Underrated Indie Author

Column by Jessica Marie Baumgartner
September 14, 2020
An indie author birthday to truly celebrate!

Managing a Professional Author Online Presence

Column by Cina Pelayo
September 11, 2020
Different writers have different goals when it comes to their online presence. Author Cina Pelayo discusses hers.

The Art of the Gross Out Contest — from a Two Time Reigning Champ

Column by Jay Wilburn
September 10, 2020
Gross out contests have a long and storied tradition in horror. Jay Wilburn, the 2019 and 2020 winner of the KillerCon Gross Out Contest, shares his thoughts on doing "gross" well.

Reviewing Chuck Palahniuk's Reviewers

Column by Peter Derk
September 9, 2020
Book reviewers love to hate Chuck Palahniuk.

It's Hard to Be Scared of the Man with the Knife, Anymore

Column by Paul Michael Anderson
September 8, 2020
How do you make a slasher scary, and why do so many fail?

A Prose Writer Dips Her Toe in the Playwriting World

Column by Gwen Goodkin
September 7, 2020
...because playwriting is a collaboration, the end result isn’t solely the writer’s creation.

Storyville: Why Denouement is So Important to a Satisfying Story

Column by Richard Thomas
September 4, 2020
Advice on how to make your denouement really shine.

Four Reasons Hulu Executives Were Fools To Cancel “High Fidelity”

Column by Christopher Shultz
September 3, 2020
This transformative new adaptation of Nick Hornby's novel was sorely needed in 2020, so why the hell did Hulu give it the ax?

The Scarlet Plague: Exploring the Historical Influence of Pandemics on Literature

Column by Jay Wilburn
September 2, 2020
Comparing the literature that came out before & after 1918, we may better understand how our stories might change following the 2020 pandemic & how we might address our experiences during this time.
"The Circus of Stolen Dreams" by Lorelei Savaryn

"The Circus of Stolen Dreams" by Lorelei Savaryn

Review by Jessica Marie Baumgartner
September 1, 2020
Sometimes an escape becomes the trap.
Review: "The Only Good Indians" by Stephen Graham Jones

"The Only Good Indians" by Stephen Graham Jones

Review by Christopher Shultz
August 31, 2020
SGJ's latest novel is a graphically violent supernatural slasher narrative bound together with poignant heart and drama.
Chandler Morrison: Being Better Than the Demons

Chandler Morrison: Being Better Than the Demons

Interview by Gabriel Hart
August 28, 2020
The transgressive author talks his latest novel, cancel culture, and the grimy heart of LA fiction.

The Ancient Universal Truths of Confucius on What is Likely His Birthday

Column by Jessica Marie Baumgartner
August 27, 2020
Universal truths are what every writer seeks, and Confucius specialized in them.

A Brief History of Vintage Writing Software

Column by Peter Derk
August 27, 2020
Is writing hard for you? Let's take a look back at not-so-ancient history and see how hard it USED to be.
Always Hustling: A Conversation with Thriller Writer Lee Matthew Goldberg

Always Hustling: A Conversation with Thriller Writer Lee Matthew Goldberg

Interview by Ben Tanzer
August 26, 2020
The NYC author talks the film biz, hustle, and what makes for a great thriller.

Confessions of a Short Story Addict: More, More, More

Column by Sadie Hartmann
August 25, 2020
An anthology is a perfect package; introducing readers to their next favorite author one short story at a time.

The Best Star Trek Novels: A Personal List

Column by BH Shepherd
August 24, 2020
A few fondly remembered favorites from a well-read fan.

Celebrating a Centenary of Ray Bradbury

Column by Emmanuel Nataf
August 21, 2020
If you’re only familiar with Ray Bradbury from being assigned 'Fahrenheit 451' in English class, you're missing out. To celebrate a centenary of Bradbury, here's a look at the man behind the books.

Keyboarding Games: Your Writing Still Sucks, But It Sucks Faster

Column by Peter Derk
August 20, 2020
Can you type "yokel" fast enough to save your life?

Reframing My Writing: Doing it For Me, Not An Audience

Column by Karis Rogerson
August 19, 2020
Writer Karis Rogerson discusses losing sight of why you write, and trying to recapture that spark.
Review: Dominion: An Anthology of Speculative Fiction from Africa and the Africa

Review: Dominion: An Anthology of Speculative Fiction from Africa and the African Diaspora

Review by Christopher Shultz
August 18, 2020
In a landmark first, this collection features stories exclusively by authors from Africa and the African Diaspora.