Alma Katsu: A Look Back on 2020

Alma Katsu: 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 historical horror fiction author, Alma Katsu.
Dark Fiction We So Desperately Deserve Right Now

Ring Shout by P. Djèlí Clark

Review by Andrew Fowlow
We are all incredibly fortunate to have such a skilled writer determined to deliver this important message. Dark fiction with historical context we so desperately deserve.

Lessons I Learned Ghostwriting Romance (as a Non-Romance Writer)

Column by Jay Wilburn
After ghostwriting many romance novels, Jay Wilburn learned some lessons that helped with writing stories in other genres.

Bad Romance: 10 Books To Warm Your Cold, Black Heart

Column by Sadie Hartmann
Horror fiction might seem like the least likely genre to give you that romance fix, but this list will convince you otherwise.

Finding Solace in Horror Fiction

Column by Andrew Fowlow February 4, 2021
Here's what other voracious readers, like myself, had to say about why they seek solace in horror fiction.

5 Hauntingly Brilliant Women You Need to Read

Column by Stephanie M. Wytovich, MFA
Five authors to read for Women in Horror Month (WiHM).

10 Things I Learned Editing an Anthology in Three Weeks

Column by Gabino Iglesias
I had an idea. About a month later, it was a book packed with stories by some amazing writers. Here are the things I learned while making it happen.

Foreign Terror-tories: 8 Translated Tales to Terrify

Column by Sadie Hartmann
If you're a horror movie buff, chances are you watch a lot of foreign horror films. But do you read translated horror books? Here are my recommendations to get you started!

Dear Edgar Allan Poe

Column by Stephanie M. Wytovich, MFA
A letter to Edgar Allan Poe on his birthday.
Bookshots: 'A House at the Bottom of a Lake' by Josh Malerman

Bookshots: "A House at the Bottom of a Lake" by Josh Malerman

Review by Joshua Chaplinsky January 19, 2021
A review of Malerman's eminently creepy paean to teenage love.
Brian Keene: A Look Back on 2020

Brian Keene: A Look Back on 2020

Interview by Sadie Hartmann
This year, I want to catch up with as many authors as I can and ask them about how they survived 2020.

Writing Horror in a Post-Covid World

Column by Richard Thomas
How do you write dark fiction in a post-Covid world? Be a phoenix, rising from the ashes.
Chad Lutzke and Tim Meyer on Writing Collaborative Horror

Chad Lutzke & Tim Meyer on Writing Collaborative Horror

Interview by Andrew Fowlow
"The Book Dad" Andrew Fowlow talks to the authors of "Wormwood" about writing collaborative horror.

5 Ghost Stories to Help You Haunt the Holidays

Column by Stephanie M. Wytovich, MFA
Spend the longest night of the year enveloped in tales of specters, mischievous fairies, and ancient deities.
Tyler Jones on Balancing the Light and the Dark

Tyler Jones on Balancing the Light and the Dark

Interview by Andrew Fowlow
"The Book Dad" Andrew Fowlow talks to the "Criterium" author about balance, the craft of writing, and self-publishing

10 Books on Writing and Creativity Every Author Should Ask for this Holiday Season

Column by Jay Wilburn December 1, 2020
These may be the books that break you out of a rut, elevate your work, or help you find your way forward as a creator.

Appetite for Destruction: 7 Food Horror Books

Column by Sadie Hartmann November 17, 2020
If you are a foodie who also happens to enjoy horror, these recommendations are for you. Bring your appetite!
Hailey Piper: "Lovecraft Feared the Other; I Am the Other'

Hailey Piper: "Lovecraft Feared the Other; I Am the Other'

Interview by Gabriel Hart
Hailey Piper talks her new novella, "The Worm and His Kings", as well as the Other in cosmic horror.

Stab Wounds: Meditation on the Line

Column by Stephanie M. Wytovich, MFA
The line is where we control the voice and tone of the piece, where we can punctuate imagery, give pause to a blood drop, pray for a ghost.

7 Books for Fans of Subtle Horror

Column by Sadie Hartmann November 9, 2020
Seven subtle horror books to satisfy readers who enjoy a quiet, creeping dread—perfect for the coming winter months.

Five Must-Read Poetry Collections for Halloween

Column by Stephanie M. Wytovich, MFA October 30, 2020
Think poetry is for wimps? These poetry collections are sure to keep you up all night and have you screaming well into the day.

How to Write Horror That Sticks

Column by Peter Derk October 28, 2020
Write horror that haunts the reader and is not easily forgotten.
Cover & Synopsis Reveal: "The Paradox Twins" by Joshua Chaplinsky

Cover & Synopsis Reveal: "The Paradox Twins" by Joshua Chaplinsky

News by Joshua Chaplinsky
Check out the cover and synopsis for the debut novel from LitReactor's Managing Editor.

Conjuring Strength Through Poetry: Battling the Slasher Movie in Your Head

Column by Stephanie M. Wytovich, MFA
Horror poetry reaches out into the darkness in hopes that understanding the shadows will shed light on our fears.

What's Scary In Small, Indie, and Self-Pub

Column by Peter Derk
If you're looking for big thrills, you have to go small.