Joseph Thomas Sheridan Le Fanu

Joseph Thomas Sheridan Le Fanu 1814-1873 Over lunch, I was reading the Wikipedia article on horror fiction and came across a reference to Joseph Thomas Sheridan Le Fanu, of whom I had never heard.   I went to the article and found out some interesting things (granted, Wikipedia is not the most respected source, but … Continue reading Joseph Thomas Sheridan Le Fanu

Watching Stephen King on YouTube

This evening I have been working on the second edition of Nocturne with YouTube playing in the background.  Currently, I am watching "Stephen King, His Books, and Their Origins at Lisner Auditorium (published on Nov. 22, 2014 by Politics and Prose).   I always love hearing about the origins of a writer's works and King touches … Continue reading Watching Stephen King on YouTube

Tonight’s Trivia: Robert Louis Stevenson

[From The Writer's Home Companion, 1987] "Robert Louis Stevenson was thrashing about in his bed one night, greatly alarming his wife.  She woke him up, infuriating Stevenson, who yelled, "I was dreaming a fine bogey tale!"  The nightmare from which he had been unwillingly extracted was the premise for the story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde."

With your heart fixed on the Supreme Lord: Foreword, issue the 11th

Source: With your heart fixed on the Supreme Lord: Foreword, issue the 11th Do not judge this article by its title; it's not what you expect.  Check out this neat article from The Stockholm Review of Literature on publication, rejection, and J.D. Salinger (pictured). Thoughts?  Comments?

The Dark Language

As I was preparing to go to the local theatre this evening, I was thinking about how I can improve my writing and what distinguishes the great writers of horror.  Of course, the first two that came into my mind as being easily discernible from all others were Poe and Lovecraft.  Obviously, what distinguishes them is their … Continue reading The Dark Language

Types of Horror

Just now, I finished pasting Stephen King's famous quotation on the three types of terror into my page on "Thoughts on Horror from the Masters" and I remembered that yesterday I was trying to remember the quotation, but could only recall a vague impression of it.   Thinking on that impression now, I think that it … Continue reading Types of Horror

“Summer Thunder” and the Horror of Tragedy

I picked up a copy of the latest issue of "Cemetery Dance" this evening and read the Stephen King short story "Summer Thunder". This is a very interesting piece. I won't spoil the ending for you, but the story is about a man, his dog, and his neighbor, who have survived a nuclear holocaust and … Continue reading “Summer Thunder” and the Horror of Tragedy

The Final Re-Post from Open Culture: John Steinbeck’s Writing Tips

Here is my final re-post from Open Culture: The article is brief, but I won't copy it here, because everyone with an interest in the art of writing should watch the accompanying five minute video of Steinbeck's profound acceptance speech of the 1962 Nobel Prize.  I will, however, copy below a short paragraph immediately preceding his … Continue reading The Final Re-Post from Open Culture: John Steinbeck’s Writing Tips

More from Open Culture: Twelve Writing Tips from Ray Bradbury In earlier posts I mentioned that if one is to learn the art of writing, one must study the masters--regardless of genre.  Writing well is writing well whether in mainstream literature, horror, romance, mystery, or whatever.  After the basics of writing are mastered, then one can tailor stories to the accepted practices and traditions of his/her chosen … Continue reading More from Open Culture: Twelve Writing Tips from Ray Bradbury

More from Open Culture: Humor and Writing Advice From Kurt Vonnegut

Here's a brief video with Kurt Vonnegut giving a fun presentation on the shape of a story:    Be sure to read the short article below the video.  It contains a link to Vonnegut's eight rules for writers.

Observations on “Baby Shoes” and Hemingway’s Iceberg Principle

There is a story that Ernest Hemingway wrote the following to win a bet with other writers that he could write the shortest story: "For sale:  baby shoes.  Never worn." Even a little research on the Internet shows that there is considerable doubt that Hemingway wrote this story, with the earliest reference to it as … Continue reading Observations on “Baby Shoes” and Hemingway’s Iceberg Principle

Guest Blog: ‘The Raven’ – Nevermore

Guest Blog: 'The Raven' - Nevermore. Interesting article, though I tend to disagree with his descriptions of what was going through Poe's mind when he wrote this.  Though I am not a skeptic, I tend to be skeptical when someone tells me in effect "yes, that is what he says, but this is what he … Continue reading Guest Blog: ‘The Raven’ – Nevermore

Just a few quick thoughts…

I was just sitting here trying to choose one of my many first drafts to work on for tonight, when I started thinking about the different "approaches" (for lack of a better term at the moment) to horror.  By "approaches" I mean a very brief synopsis of a writer's general outlook on or method of writing horror.    Maybe a … Continue reading Just a few quick thoughts…

Stephen King, H.P. Lovecraft, and the X-files

I just finished watching an episode of the X-Files entitled "Chinga" [note to Spanish-speakers out there:  I don't know who chose the title, so please forgive my language] from Season Five and I  noticed that it was written by Stephen King and Chris Carter (the creator of the X-Files).  The story's antagonist is a talking doll that … Continue reading Stephen King, H.P. Lovecraft, and the X-files