Other Words for Dark: 10 Horror, Crime, and Thriller Novels in Translation for 2021

Column by Leah Dearborn
There’s a Czech proverb that says, “You live a new life for every new language you speak. If you know only one language, you live only once.”

Book Cover Trends: Skulls!

Column by Sadie Hartmann
If you follow book cover design as closely as I do, you've noticed the skull trend and you're diggin' it as much as I am. Let's discuss:
Bear Creek Gazette

An interview with Stuart Buck, Editor of The Bear Creek Gazette

Interview by Gabriel Hart
"Have fun, because one day we are all going to die."

Christine Morgan: A Leading Voice in Extreme Horror

Column by Jay Wilburn
Christine Morgan has established herself as a unique voice in the extreme horror subgenre via an unusual storytelling path.

Storyville: Story Dissection — "In His House"

Column by Richard Thomas
Richard dissects his epistolary horror story, "In His House."

Hot Ghoul Summer: New Releases From Women in Horror

Column by Sadie Hartmann
"It's a Hot Girl Summer, so you know she got it lit" — Megan Thee Stallion & Nicki Minaj. As in H O R R O R lit!

Everything You Need To Know About the 2021 International Booker Prize Shortlist

Column by Emmanuel Nataf
Da-da-dum, the International Booker Winner has been announced, and you haven't even read the shortlist. Don’t worry: this post is here to help.
Strong Indigenous Voices in Horror

Shane Hawk: A Strong New Indigenous Voice in Horror

Interview by Andrew Fowlow
Emerging indigenous author, Shane Hawk, discusses diversity, small press publishing, and overcoming adversity with writing.
"Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke" by Eric LaRocca

"Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke" by Eric LaRocca

Review by Sadie Hartmann
A review of the upcoming horror novella, "Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke", by Eric LaRocca, in the style of one of my favorite resources, NoveList Plus.
A Conversation with Horror Writer Amanda Headlee

The Moment All Hope Is Lost: A Conversation with Horror Writer Amanda Headlee

Interview by Ben Tanzer
The debut novelist discusses the regimentation and intersection of writing, music, and exercise.

Celebrate Horror 2021 with Mother Horror

Column by Sadie Hartmann May 26, 2021
The pandemic origin story of Celebrate Horror. I will explain what this event means to me, personally, and the purpose I hope it serves to the horror fiction community.
Ups and Downs of Small Press Publishing in Horror

Dawn Shea on The Ups and Downs of Small Press Publishing in Horror

Interview by Andrew Fowlow
Small press publishing has diversified the reading landscape and Dawn Shea from D&T Publishing is one of the people making that happen.
Twisted: Tainted Tales by Janine Pipe

"Twisted: Tainted Tales" by Janine Pipe

Review by Andrew Fowlow
When readers buy "Twisted: Tainted Tales" by Janine Pipe, they are getting an admission ticket to a visceral horror show.

Latinx Horror Author Roundtable

Column by Cina Pelayo
A conversation with five Latinx horror authors about the genre.
Cynthia Pelayo: Writing in 2021 as a Badass Woman in Horror

Cynthia Pelayo: Writing in 2021 as a Badass Woman in Horror

Interview by Andrew Fowlow
When I think about a badass woman in horror, Cynthia Pelayo is the author that comes to mind. Her dedication and fierce work-ethic in the writing community is what makes her stand out.

The Horror Punchline

Column by Max Booth III April 6, 2021
How to structure horror fiction with a standup comedian's POV.

10 Books that Influenced "The Paradox Twins"

Column by Joshua Chaplinsky
A list of books that informed the debut novel from LitReactor Managing Editor, Joshua Chaplinsky.

The 10 Best Zombie Books You May Not Have Heard Of

Column by Jay Wilburn April 2, 2021
There is a lot of terrible zombie fiction out there, but some great books using this old shambling monster do exist. Here are a few worthy zombie stories from talented authors you might have missed.
Horror Author V. Castro: "Why Write About Werewolves When My Ancestors Revered J

Horror Author V. Castro: "Why Write About Werewolves When My Ancestors Revered Jaguars?"

Interview by Gabriel Hart
V. Castro talks craft, "The Craft", and the joys of culture in writing.
Michael Clark on Marketing Your Book

Michael Clark on Marketing Your Book

Interview by Andrew Fowlow
I've come to really admire Clark’s efforts. He's an author that I think gets it right and we all can learn from his hustle.
Craig Davidson: A Look Back on 2020

Craig Davidson: A Look Back on 2020

Interview by Sadie Hartmann
As part of an ongoing series where I interview authors about their 2020 experience, I caught up with Canadian horror author Craig Davidson, aka Nick Cutter.

The Importance of Atmosphere in Horror

Column by Max Booth III
Why sometimes the most important aspect of horror is how it mades you feel.
Blood in the Gears: A Craft Interview with Jeremy C. Shipp

Blood in the Gears: A Craft Interview with Jeremy C. Shipp

Interview by Tyler Jones
A Craft interview with Jeremy C. Shipp, author of "The Atrocities" and "Bedfellow."

March Madness: 8 Books That Will Mess With Your Head

Column by Sadie Hartmann
Psychological horror/thrillers are entertaining because the very nature of the narrative is designed to break down any perceived reality for readers. Here are some favorites of the genre.

What is Quiet Horror?

Column by Andrew Fowlow
Many are familiar with the gripping stories, but not so much the term "quiet horror." Here is what quiet horror means to those talented writers who wield its power to invoke menacing terror.