LitRecapper: The Happy New Year Edition

LitRecapper 2011

Happy New Year, LitReactors! Even though we were only around for part of it, 2011 was a great year for us. In three short months we've amassed a sizeable following, with 3,574 registered users, 2,512 Twitter followers, and 2,758 Facebook likes. I'm glad to say you've all been very sociable, playing nice together and contributing over 24,000 comments in the process (mostly while at work, I'm sure). At this point I guess it's safe to say that you like us (but not that you really like us, because that joke is a dog that needs to be put down).

You guys continue to hone your craft over at our beloved Writers Workshop. There have been 288 submissions thus far, as well as a whopping 1,862 reviews. 100 of those are courtesy of Bryan Howie, who on December 14th became the first person to capture the sexy and elusive Centaur Achievement. Congratulations, Bryan, and congratulations to all those on the receiving end of his peer-evaluating prowess.

Almost as impressive as Bryan's review skills is the torrents of love you guys have showered upon anything packaged as a list. In fact, our three most popular posts all happen to be Top 10's. Leading the pack with over 25,000 pageviews is The Top 10 Best Opening Lines of Novels, which inspired quite a rollicking debate. Then there's The Top 10 Book To Film Adaptations That Were Actually Good and The Top 10 Things We'd Like To See In The 'American Psycho' Remake, with approximately 16,000 and 15,000 pageviews, respectively. Also high on the list is the free craft essay, Stocking Stuffers: 13 Writing Tips From Chuck Palahniuk. If you guys keep this up, we just might have to create a Top 10 List of LitReactor Top 10 Lists. That would blow some minds.

But don't worry, it's not all lists all the time. You guys also voted with your clicks for articles on Craft & Publishing, Horror, and even a bit of the ole' in-out. Basically, you like it all.

Which is why we take pride in bringing you the good shit. December especially was an exciting month for us. We scored our first bit of exclusive news when author James Sallis revealed that the sequel to Drive would be released in April and hooked us up with the cover art. The story was picked up by numerous sexy sites, including Twitch, /Film, Entertainment Weekly, and Forbes. Shortly thereafter, we posted a little-read craft essay by horror master Jack Ketchum entitled "Splat Goes The Hero." If you're considering writing horror and haven't read it yet, what the heck-fire you waitin' for?

So hurry up and bring yourselves up to speed, because we've got a lot of exciting things planned for 2012. Curious as to how we're gonna surpass the literary goodness of 2011? Why, by giving you more, of course. More of what you love, and more of what you don't know you love, but are totally gonna love. We plan to continue the trend of providing author exclusives, such as the ones by Chuck Palahniuk, Jack Ketchum, and Craig Clevenger. We can't tell you who from just yet, but let's just say we've been casting our nets far and wide, pulling in wriggly, shimmering hauls of interesting writers. Eat 'em up, yum!

We'll also continue to bring you the best in online teaching. This month we've got a duo of badass genre classes: Intro To Writing Graphic Novels With Bree Ogden for all you comic nerds, and Writing Crime Fiction With David Corbett for all the aspiring Dicks. Who said writing was all pomp and circumstance? These classes are gonna make learning fun again.

What else can you expect in January? William Gibson, apocalyptic horror, X-Men vs. The Avengers, malapropisms, common grammar mistakes, literary fakes, celebrity lit agents, as well as an interview with one of my personal favorite authors, Steve Erickson, whose new novel, These Dreams Of You, pubs January 31st. And that's not to mention the usual generous helping of news and reviews. Beyond that, it's only going to get bigger and better, trust us. That's our New Year's resolution.

So keep reading, keep writing, keep loving, keep fighting, keep laughing, keep crying, keep teaching, keep trying. That should keep things interesting. Happy New Year, everyone.

Joshua Chaplinsky

News by Joshua Chaplinsky

Joshua Chaplinsky is the Managing Editor of LitReactor. He is the author of The Paradox Twins (CLASH Books), the story collection Whispers in the Ear of A Dreaming Ape, and the parody Kanye West—Reanimator. His short fiction has been published by Vice, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Thuglit, Severed Press, Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing, Broken River Books, and more. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram at @jaceycockrobin. More info at and

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Rob from New York City is reading at a fast enough pace it would be cumbersome to update this January 3, 2012 - 6:37pm

AND 400 Tumblr followers. 

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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. January 3, 2012 - 9:25pm

There are that many registered users?  Only like 50 people are talking in the forums on a regular basis, come on, don't be scared people.  We are sarcastic but we aren't mean, I swear.

Dean Blake's picture
Dean Blake from Australia is reading January 4, 2012 - 6:06am

What you guys are doing is great and I look forward to the growth of this awesome site. Now invite me to a launch party!

Utah's picture
Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry January 4, 2012 - 6:57am

I'd settle for just a lunch party.  I loves me some lunch.

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Joshua Chaplinsky from New York is reading a lot more during the quarantine January 4, 2012 - 7:18am

@Rob & @aliensoul: This post is supposed to be about IMPRESSIVE stats.

Brandon's picture
Brandon from KCMO is reading Made to Break January 4, 2012 - 9:56am


Lurkers, dude.

Liana's picture
Liana from Romania and Texas is reading Naked Lunch January 5, 2012 - 11:57am

Next year, reunion of members in each state? How'bout it LitReactor?