Stephen King vs. the Adverb

Nice, enjoyable article about the lack of need for adverbs.

Dysfunctional Literacy

(image via Wikimedia) (image via Wikimedia)

The adverb has an undeservedly bad reputation, I believe.  The adverb is a part of speech, so it has to have an important role in grammar and sentence structure.  I learned that in school.  Yet, famous authors often malign the adverb and say its usage hurts writing.  Stephen King has said: “I believe the road to hell is paved with adverbs,…”  When the Modern Master of Horror equates a kind of word with eternal damnation, you have to take that seriously.

I just finished reading On Writing by Stephen King.  It seems that every writer says that every writer should read it, so if I’m going to be a writer, I thought I’d better read it.  I’m not going to review the book because you can get a review of it anywhere.  I’ve criticized King recently about how sometimes he doesn’t follow his own writing advice, and…

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“Wolfsheim” to be Re-Printed by Dark Fire

Phil Slattery circa 2007

Phil Slattery
circa 2007

I received word today that my short story “Wolfsheim”  will be re-printed in Dark Fire Fiction within the next couple of weeks.  “Wolfsheim” was previously published in 2005 by Midnight Times.  Midnight Times editor Jay Manning said of “Wolfsheim”:

”Wolfsheim” is basically a traditional horror story that tells the tale of a small European village confronted by the threat of werewolves. If you like stories about lycans, you definitely need to check this one out. Great stuff.”

Drop by Dark Fire Fiction sometime over the next couple of weeks and check out the story.