Top 5s, Top 10s, even Top 8's. Everyone loves lists! And we have a ton of 'em!

10 Words You Literally Didn’t Know You Were Getting Wrong

Column by Taylor Houston October 3, 2012
Thanks to Joe Biden's mega-gaffe last month at the DNC, we were reminded that "literally" literally means you are being "literal". Here are a few more words you might want to revisit.

The Secret Lives Of Little Words

Column by Kimberly Turner September 26, 2012
What's that word doing there? When it comes to spoken language, nothing is accidental. Linguists are working on finding meaning in every 'oh,' 'um,' 'well,' and 'okay.' The results might surprise you.

LURID: Books, Covers, Judgment - Top Ten Horror Designs

Column by Karina Wilson September 21, 2012
Ever had nightmares about a book cover? You will now. Here's a selection of the most disturbing book covers in the genre. Peek inside, if you dare.

Small Packages: Short Fantasy Fiction

Column by Rajan Khanna September 18, 2012
A look at short fantastic fiction, highlighting some masters of the form as well as spotlighting some of the best places to find it.

The Bottom Of The Barrel: The 10 Worst-Ranked Books On Amazon

Column by Dave Reuss September 14, 2012
If there are winners, there are bound to be losers.

The Weird Side Of Literary Tourism: Five Bizarre Book-Inspired Experiences

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.

The Fantasy Novel Back To School List

Column by Rajan Khanna September 12, 2012
A look at classic fantasy works and some modern counterparts that deal with similar themes.

The Top 10 Best Closing Lines Of Novels

Column by Meredith Borders September 7, 2012
The two most important sentences in any novel are the opening and closing lines. We've already discussed the Top 10 first lines - now let's talk closers.

Five of the Best Books I Ever Reread

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.

Top 10 Reasons People Use To Justify Pirating Digital Content (And Why They’re Wrong)

Column by Rob Hart August 31, 2012
Pirating is illegal, yet it's become so mainstreamed that people do it without batting an eye. Pirates offer up plenty of reasons for why they do it--but none of those reasons hold water.

Where the Heart Is: Ten of The Best Regional Books You'll Find On the Shelf

Column by John Jarzemsky August 22, 2012
The following is a list of books that have an incredible sense of place; books in which the setting isn't merely a device for advancing plot, but somewhere where the heart & soul of the story blossom.

Comics Crossover: Science Fiction Gets Inked Up

Column by Jon Korn
You got your Science Fiction in my comics! You got your comics in my Science Fiction! (Jon Korn explores the awesome results.)

Five Reasons To Get Excited About Guardians Of The Galaxy

Column by BH Shepherd August 16, 2012
What Guardians of the Galaxy means for the Marvel Movie Universe.

10 Children's Books That Are (still) Frightening To Adults

Column by Meredith Borders August 15, 2012
Kids can handle being scared. Adults, on the other hand? Here are ten books that kids eat up that could creep out the most stoic adult.

Some Practical Writing Advice From Douglas Coupland

Column by Douglas Coupland August 3, 2012
The Bestselling author of "Generation X" and "Girlfriend In A Coma" gives some simple advice picked up during his 25 years as a writer.

5 More Ways Your Brain Sabotages Your Writing... And What To Do About It

Column by Kimberly Turner August 2, 2012
Strap in. It’s time for 'Mind Games II: Electric Boogaloo,' with more mental shenanigans, more productivity tips, and more shark sex references than ever before.

Look Like A Genius Without Actually Being One: Eight Formatting Tips And Tricks

Column by Dave Reuss July 31, 2012
Give your baby the best possible chance out there in the world of publishing: here's an inside look at formatting issues that drive editors crazy.

12 Hysterical, Offensive, Ridiculous, Controversial, Frightening, Sexy Book Covers

Column by Joshua Chaplinsky July 30, 2012
They say don't judge a book by its cover, but these 12 designs make it awfully hard not to.

Top 10 Character Cliches That Drive Me Nuts

Column by Meredith Borders July 20, 2012
See also: the Mary Sue, the brooding rebel, the hooker with a heart of gold, etc.

5 Ways Your Brain Sabotages Your Writing... And What To Do About It

Column by Kimberly Turner July 19, 2012
Everything happens for a reason. Sometimes the reason is that your brain hates your guts. That's just science. Help get cognitive biases and mental tomfoolery under control with these handy tips.

Get Real: The Spectrum of High School Reality in YA Fiction

Column by Sarah Pitre July 10, 2012
Whether it's a magical academy or juvenile detention, young adult literature employs a variety of worlds to tackle real life problems.

The 10 Most Bizarre Pieces Of Literary Merch

Column by Kimberly Turner July 6, 2012
It's not a stretch to assume that if you like the book or author, you'll buy the T-shirt, coffee mug, or bookmark. But what about the panties, shower curtain, and Ouija board?

Storyville: 10 Ways to Balance Life and Writing

Column by Richard Thomas July 5, 2012
In this Storyville column I talk about the many different ways that I try to balance my writing and personal life.

Passing Strange: 15 Of The Most Bizarre Author Deaths On Record

Column by Joshua Chaplinsky June 27, 2012
A list of authors whose passing couldn't have been stranger if they'd written it themselves.

LURID: Bad Trips - Ten Novels With Serious Drug Psychosis

Column by Karina Wilson June 22, 2012
Despite the novelty of bath salts headlines, substance-induced psychosis is nothing new. Here's the Lurid Top Ten pick of the most nerve-jangling drug addiction stories from the last 200 years