My Book Arrived in Good Condition, But the Writing Was Terrible

Column by J. David Osborne
August 23, 2018
What makes a good book review good? We investigate by looking at the different genres of "bad Amazon review."

Collaborating with a Dead Hero

Column by Gabino Iglesias
August 23, 2018
Sometimes in life you get a different version of a dream you didn't even know you had...

Fangoria Presents: "Carnivorous Lunar Activities" by Max Booth III

News by Joshua Chaplinsky
August 22, 2018
"If you love 'An American Werewolf in London','re really going to enjoy the next Fangoria Presents book, 'Carnivorous Lunar Activities', by Max Booth III."

10 of Our Favorite Moments from Tolkien's Lord of the Rings

Column by Emmanuel Nataf
August 22, 2018
July 29th marked the 64th anniversary of the publication of "The Fellowship of the Ring". To celebrate the occasion, here are 10 of our favorite moments from Tolkien’s epic fantasy series.

Summertime Sadness: Do Writers Have To Be Sad?

Column by Peter Derk
August 21, 2018
Maybe writers don't have to be sad to be good?

Lost Films Anthology: Embrace the Ugly

Column by Max Booth III
August 20, 2018
Everybody knows at least one haunted film.

5 Weird Beach Reads for the Peverse Sunbather

Column by Ed Sikov
August 17, 2018
People usually think of the term "beach read" as involving but light literature. But that's so limiting! Here's a selection of perverse books to read while soaking up the sun.

Why I Have to Write, Even While Working Full-Time

Column by Karis Rogerson
August 16, 2018
Even if it's hard and exhausting to put in the extra hours writing on top of working full-time, it's the only way to feel truly "me."

Analyzing the Three-Act Structure in Tolkien's 'Fellowship of the Ring'

Column by Emmanuel Nataf
August 15, 2018
To celebrate the publication of The Fellowship of the Ring on July 29, 1954, we’re looking at how Tolkien used an enduring story structure to create an enduring trilogy.

When Horror Meets Crime: Occult Detectives

Column by Repo Kempt
August 14, 2018
A history of occult detectives in fiction.
"Convenience Store Woman": The Working-Class Novel American Audiences Need

"Convenience Store Woman": The Working-Class Novel American Audiences Need to Read

Review by Christoph Paul
August 14, 2018
Sayaka Murata's novel is a meditation on things sorely missing from American literature.

Folding Real-Life Detail into a Fictional Narrative

Column by Nick Kolakowski
August 13, 2018
Is there an ethical line when it comes to incorporating real-life details into fiction? And if so, where does that line exist?

Primer: What You Need to Know About Steve Alten’s ‘Meg’ Series Before Seeing the Movie

Column by Meredith Borders
August 10, 2018
"The Meg" is in theaters today. Bone up on the research!

Book vs. Film: 'Black Klansman' vs. 'BlacKkKlansman'

Column by Max Booth III
August 10, 2018
A look at Spike Lee's new film and its source material.

How Did Comics Become a Social and Political Battleground?

Column by Peter Derk
August 9, 2018
Drama of the highest order! Anger! Outrage! Defensiveness! Spider-Men!

6 Books to Stoke Your Inner Cyclist

Column by Stephanie Bonjack
August 8, 2018
The world of cycling and bicycles is a fascinating one. Turn yourself from a novice to an expert with these hand-chosen titles.

From Creepypasta to Doubleday

Column by Dathan Auerbach
August 7, 2018
"Penpal" author Dathan Auerbach returns with "Bad Man", and tells us how he went from Reddit to a major publisher.

5 Essential Character Traits For Ourselves, Not Our Creations

Column by Joshua Isard
August 6, 2018
It’s important to develop the kind of personal character that’ll help us get through everything the writing life throws our way.

Celebrating Kafka: 5 "Kafkaesque" Scenes in Pop Culture

Column by Emmanuel Nataf
August 3, 2018
To celebrate Franz Kafka’s birthday (this past July), we did a rundown of five famous scenes in film and literature to see how “Kafkaesque” they really are.

Teaching My First Writing Class

Column by Christoph Paul
August 3, 2018
I taught my first writing class — in Barcelona.

10 Tips to Help You Write Believable Dialogue

Column by Gabino Iglesias
August 2, 2018
Dialogue can make or break a novel. Here are some pointers to help you write better dialogue.

Why Nobody Gives A Crap About Books In The Summer

Column by Peter Derk
August 1, 2018
Books? In the summer? Who cares?

10 of Our Favorite Moments From the Harry Potter Series

Column by Emmanuel Nataf
July 31, 2018
July 31st is both J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter's birthdays. To celebrate, we're counting down 10 of our favorite moments from the series. Wands at the ready!

Your Favorite Book Sucks: 'The Yellow Wallpaper'

Column by Peter Derk
July 30, 2018
Did some well-meaning teacher drag you through this one? Me too.

10 Horror Movies from the Past Decade that Prove Horror Doesn’t Need to “Come Back”

Column by Annie Neugebauer
July 27, 2018
Horror doesn’t need to “come back.” Horror never went anywhere. Here are ten movies from the past decade that prove it.