Craft A Cozy Mystery In Three Killer Steps

Column by Andrea J. Johnson
Crafting a mystery series can be fraught with peril, but tackle these three questions and you’re guaranteed to unlock what lies at the heart of the terror.

A Lamp in the Darkness: Finding a Structure

Column by Jeff Noon
Part 2 of Jeff's 6 part series on the writing of his new novel, "A Man of Shadows."

How Resident Evil 7 Can Make You a Better Horror Writer

Column by Max Booth III March 20, 2017
Prepare to wet your pants.

Where Nightmares Are Born: The Offices of 23 Kickass Horror Writers

Column by Max Booth III October 30, 2015
Do horror writers dress up their desks to match their genre preferences? Is every day Halloween?

5 Realty Listings That Could Be Your Character’s New Home

Column by Leah Dearborn February 27, 2015
Sometimes, a house can read like a main character in itself.

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.

Dramatic Situation Vs. Dramatic Scene: Win the Fight Against Poor Form

Column by Chris Rosales December 21, 2012
There is a symbiotic "formal" relationship between situation and scene. A clearly defined dramatic-situation enhances the tension of your scenes, and more scenes ensure deeper exploration of premise.

Storyville: Story Dissection - Maker of Flight

Column by Richard Thomas October 4, 2012
Richard dissects another of his short stories, this time, the contest winning, "Maker of Flight."

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.

Storyville: Writing Horror Stories

Column by Richard Thomas June 6, 2012
What does it take to write a terrifying story? Every tool in your writer's toolbelt.

The Third Character: A (Very) Rough Guide to Settings

Column by Cath Murphy May 17, 2012
Choosing the right setting for your fiction can be as tricky as giving a turtle a haircut. Here's my Rough Guide to what I think of as the 'third character'.

Storyville: Dissection of "Twenty Reasons to Stay and One to Leave"

Column by Richard Thomas May 2, 2012
Richard Thomas dissects one of his short stories, the Pushcart Prize nominated "Twenty Reasons to Stay and One to Leave."

Off the Beaten Path: Non-Traditional Fantasy Settings

Column by Rajan Khanna April 19, 2012
A look at five fantasy settings that veer away from the well-trod ground of worlds based on medieval Europe. Five fresh and vibrant worlds to experience to see what fantasy can do.
Kris Saknussemm

Choosing The Best Senses With Kris Saknussemm

Interview by Rob Hart March 30, 2012
In a few days, LitReactor will be unveiling a new class: FULLY REALIZED WORLDS with Kris Saknussemm. To introduce you all to Kris and his teachings, we've fired a few questions his way.