Column by Taylor Houston December 23, 2020
I love "A Christmas Carol", and I thought I'd seen every version out there—I was wrong.
Column by Max Booth III October 1, 2018
How much writing would Charles Dickens have accomplished with FarmVille in his life?
Column by Emmanuel Nataf
Seasoned horror fans might know the complete works of Lovecraft & Poe, but how familiar are they with chilling works by Edith Wharton & Truman Capote? Find out as we get into some Horror deep cuts.
Column by Leah Dearborn June 9, 2016
It turns out that Pippi Longstocking and Hunter S. Thompson might have something in common.
News by Peter Derk October 15, 2015
Wanna watch an author write live? With PCKWCK, you can.
Column by Leah Dearborn December 20, 2013
In this self-referential version of 'A Christmas Carol,' Bill Murray demonstrates that a “Scrooge” is not just one man, but a man that just about all of us know in some facet of our lives.
Column by Jessica Meddows October 29, 2013
One of history's oldest professions is also the most despised, yet so popular in historical literature and modern fiction. See if you agree with these ten lawyers rated the best-worst in fiction.
Column by Taylor Houston March 27, 2013
Do you ever feel like you are reading the same things over and over again? Well, you are. Here are five familiar literary allusions explained.
News by Dean Fetzer
Google has put a special demo together for its Google Docs application, allowing you to collaborate with (dead) famous authors, poets and playwrights.
News by Dean Fetzer January 3, 2013
A statue of the famous author is to be erected in Portsmouth, England, the town of his birth - even though he didn’t want one.
Column by Meredith Borders December 21, 2012
The two standard tales of Yuletide duke it out in a display of brute strength and glad tidings.
Ghostly Doppelgangers, Bell-Ringing Goblins, and More Cranky Old Rich Jerks: Get in the Holiday Spirit With Some Lesser Known DickensColumn by Taylor Houston
Can't get enough Dickens at Christmas time? Check out his lesser-known holiday-themed works.
Column by Karina Wilson December 14, 2012
The Victorians perfected the art of the chilling ghost story, ideal for whiling away long winter evenings. Here's a selection to add some seasonal spice to your Yuletide reading.
Column by Cath Murphy November 16, 2012
Being it is NaNoWriMo, it seems right to look back at the great writers of our time and ask if they would have joined in, or laughed their asses off instead.
Column by Jon Korn October 26, 2012
When better than this, the spookiest of all months, to examine 7 of the most memorable - and gruesome! - murders in literary history?
Column by Kimberly Turner September 13, 2012
Ride through the diseased sewage of Charles Dickens's England, watch a MacBeth-inspired rave/orgy, survive a 'Hunger Games' simulation, and other bizarre ways to live out your favorite books.
Column by Ed Sikov September 7, 2012
Tired of the attacks, the sniping, the bitter accusations? There's more to Ed Sikov than you've been led to think. Here he talks about books he loves so much he can't get enough of them.
News by Kimberly Turner August 8, 2012
A new technology lets us see past the scribbles and cross-outs to determine how prose is shaped and reshaped. Charles Dickens is the first to have his revisions revealed, but he won't be the last.
News by Dave Reuss July 10, 2012
Spoiler alert: anyone who's read A Tale of Two Cities has basically seen The Dark Knight Rises.
Column by Cath Murphy April 25, 2012
Like most readers, I want authors to 'fit' the fiction they create, and when they fail to live up to my myths about them, I get fractious.
Column by Taylor Houston February 29, 2012
When crafting fiction from your real life, tread lightly and follow these tips.
News by Rob Hart February 7, 2012
Charles Dickens would have been 200 today--and people around the world are celebrating the life and work of the legendary author.
Column by Taylor Houston
A continuation of last month's discussion of short sentence lengths. This month we'll explore the merits of the very long sentences.
Column by Taylor Houston November 1, 2011
Incorporating tone/mood into your settings for realistic descriptions that keep your reader hooked.