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
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.
"Writing in the Dark" by Tim Waggoner

"Writing in the Dark" by Tim Waggoner

Review by Cina Pelayo
A guide to understanding the horror genre that provides advice and tools for the beginner and refreshing tips for the veteran.

Too Young for Horror?

Column by Peter Derk
If the purpose of horror is to scare us, then you might be missing out on a rite of passage if you don't get a taste before you're ready.
Blood in the Gears: Jeremy Robert Johnson on "The Loop" & the Craft of Writing

Blood in the Gears: Jeremy Robert Johnson on "The Loop" & the Craft of Writing

Interview by Tyler Jones
Jeremy Robert Johnson talks writing habits and his weird new novel, 'The Loop.'

8 Women Business Owners in Horror

Column by Sadie Hartmann
September 22nd is American Business Women's Day. To celebrate, I've gathered a list of women-owned businesses in my preferred genre of horror. I hope you find something to support!

Halloween 2020 Reading List

Column by Sadie Hartmann September 18, 2020
With October just a few weeks away, it's time to collect all those seasonal, Halloweenish books you want to enjoy!

The Art of the Gross Out Contest — from a Two Time Reigning Champ

Column by Jay Wilburn
Gross out contests have a long and storied tradition in horror. Jay Wilburn, the 2019 and 2020 winner of the KillerCon Gross Out Contest, shares his thoughts on doing "gross" well.

It's Hard to Be Scared of the Man with the Knife, Anymore

Column by Paul Michael Anderson
How do you make a slasher scary, and why do so many fail?
Review: "The Only Good Indians" by Stephen Graham Jones

"The Only Good Indians" by Stephen Graham Jones

Review by Christopher Shultz August 31, 2020
SGJ's latest novel is a graphically violent supernatural slasher narrative bound together with poignant heart and drama.

Confessions of a Short Story Addict: More, More, More

Column by Sadie Hartmann August 25, 2020
An anthology is a perfect package; introducing readers to their next favorite author one short story at a time.

Best Self-Published Horror Books of 2020 So Far

Column by Sadie Hartmann August 11, 2020
There is a wealth of talent in self-published horror fiction. You just need to know where to look (because there is a lot of crap too).

The Bloody New Nostalgia of Splatter Westerns

Column by Jay Wilburn
A number of horror authors have begun exploring the western genre with their own bloody twists, leading to some very interesting results.
Kathe Koja on Godmothers of Horror: Emily Brontë & Mary Shelley

Kathe Koja on Godmothers of Horror: Emily Brontë & Mary Shelley

Interview by Leza Cantoral
Leza Cantoral and Kathe Koja discuss the importance and influence of two titans of horror.

The Ladies of Horror BookTube

Column by Sadie Hartmann July 10, 2020
The horror fiction industry sees its fair share of dudes sitting around talking about scary books. But what do the ladies think? Here are my favorite voices from the Horror BookTube sisterhood.

Stephen King's Nine Worst Books and Why I Still Love Them

Column by Jay Wilburn
Even Stephen King's most loyal readers have their least favorite books. These nine are the ones Jay Wilburn puts at the bottom of his list, but he still loves many things about them.
"Final Cuts: New Tales Of Hollywood Horror And Other Spectacles" Edited By Ellen

"Final Cuts: New Tales Of Hollywood Horror and Other Spectacles" Edited By Ellen Datlow

Review by Christopher Shultz
Six years ago, an anthology of film-themed horror stories crept into readers hands, and their nightmares were never the same. Now...it’s back.