"It's Not a Horror Movie, It's a Psychological Thriller!"

Column by Max Booth III October 18, 2017
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The Little Genre That Could: Why Now is the Time to Read Bizarro

Column by Gabino Iglesias September 18, 2017
Bizarro fiction continues to grow, and now's the time to start enjoying it.

I'm Tired of Genre Fiction. Gimme the Weird Stuff.

Column by J. David Osborne August 24, 2017
A guy who loves genre fiction tries to understand his sudden obsession with avant-garde writing.

This Can't Be: Realism and Genre vs. Reality

Column by Brian Allen Carr
How current trends in realism and genre have failed to prepare us for our disheartening reality.

Adventures in the Noir Trade: Mixing Genres

Column by Jeff Noon
Part 5 of Jeff's 10 part series on the writing of his new novel, "A Man of Shadows."

Reading Outside Your Comfort Zone

Column by Michael David Wilson
Six authors discuss reading outside of their comfort zone and the impact it's had on them.
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A Conversation with JS Breukelaar about Teaching, Weird Fiction, and Her New Novel 'Aletheia'

Interview by Rob Hart
JS Breukelaar—instructor of our recurring workshop 'Writing the Weird'—has a new book out! Paul Tremblay says 'Aletheia' is 'a melancholy and affecting mix of literary, noir, and horror by the lake.'

But How Do I Write It? Methods for Matching the Medium

Column by Annie Neugebauer April 13, 2017
When a writer gets an idea, how do they know if it’s a poem, story, novel, tweet, graphic novel, blog, essay, etc.? Can it be more than one? How do you decide?

10 Things I Learned About Writing and Publishing From Managing a Porn Store

Column by Christoph Paul March 17, 2017
Managing a porn store is very much like running a small press and being working a writer.

Storyville: What Literary Fiction Can Teach You About Genre Fiction

Column by Richard Thomas June 22, 2016
Here are a few ways that literary fiction can inform your genre fiction.
Scott Adlerberg on Going Viral on Reddit and Blending Genres

An Interview with Scott Adlerberg on Going Viral on Reddit and Blending Genres

Interview by Max Booth III
Max chats with Scott Adlerberg about how genre can potentially limit writers.

Is the Supernatural My Security Blanket?

Column by Leah Rhyne February 10, 2016
I've been writing for over six years now. I've still never written anything without a touch of the speculative. So I wonder: is the supernatural my security blanket?

Post-Apocelliptical: The New Old Face of the Post-Apocalypse

Column by Rajan Khanna August 12, 2015
With the release of 'Mad Max: Fury Road' and the upcoming Fallout 4 video game, post-nuclear apocalypses are back in style. Rajan Khanna takes a look at why.

Footnotes: 'King Lear' and 9 More Books Masquerading in Other Genres

Column by Ryan Peverly
Browse a bookshelf and chances are you'll find several titles that aren't exactly as they appear — books in costume, masquerading in one genre when they're really something else entirely.

Stop Stressing Over Genre and Just Write

Column by Max Booth III May 22, 2014
Genre exists to limit writers. Break those walls down. There are no rules, only you and your story.

Storyville: What is Neo-Noir Fiction?

Column by Richard Thomas July 2, 2013
Neo-noir fiction is literally defined as "new-black," but what exactly does that mean?

Let's Face It, We All Live In The Same Creative Ghetto

Column by Keith Rawson May 21, 2013
Genre vs. literary. Tuh-mey-toh vs Tuh-mah-toh. Isn't it time writers just knocked off the crap and acknowledged we all live in the same creative ghetto?

Ask The Agent: When to Nudge Agents, Hiring Editors, and MORE!

Column by Bree Ogden April 29, 2013
Navigating the rough terrain of today’s publishing industry shouldn’t be a solo event. This week in Ask the Agent I’ll explore & dissect a few of the industry’s mysteries, straight from the shoulder.

Storyville: Writing the Grotesque

Column by Richard Thomas March 11, 2013
Damaged, deformed, and dysfunctional characters—we still have compassion for them. This is the grotesque.

LitReactor Staff Picks: The Best Books of 2012 - Genre Edition

Column by Joshua Chaplinsky December 27, 2012
Submitted for your approval (or derision): Members of the LitReactor staff offer up their favorite reads, old and new, of 2012-- genre style!

Reinvention and the "Genre Trap"

Column by Rajan Khanna August 14, 2012
Is there such a thing as a genre trap in fantasy fiction? Does great success lead to limitation? How exactly does one reinvent oneself in the genre world?

Battle Of The Books: Genre Vs. Literary

Column by Stephen Graham Jones November 14, 2011
'Genre' and 'literary' isn't an either/or kind of situation, we've just been conditioned to think that way. Why not have both?

Ask The Lit Coach: "Should Writers Settle Themselves Into A Single Genre In Order To Be Successfully Published?" and More

Column by Erin Reel October 24, 2011
Author branding and the outlook for Transgressive fiction are the subjects in the 2nd issue of Ask The Lit Coach.