Source: From creative writers to creative readers: Why it takes two to build a “hydrogen jukebox” I enjoyed this brief essay on compound nouns from both a writer's and a reader's perspective and I hope you will too.
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?
Source: Visual swears in film Here's an interesting with an interesting perspective. It discusses all the non-verbal obscenities that appear in film, such as obscenities on t-shirts or in graffiti in the background. I am not a prude by any stretch of the imagination, but I believe that too much obscenity turns off a certain … Continue reading “Visual swears in film” from Strong Language
In response to The Daily Post's writing prompt: "Your Days are Numbered." I received this writing prompt from The Daily Post on November 8: "What's the date today? Write it down, remove all dashes and slashes, and write a post that mentions that number." I started to write a glib response about numerology, but then a bell went … Continue reading Response to “The Daily Post”: Subtleties in Writing
As a new feature, I will endeavor each Saturday to post a work of horror from its long past. Horror, as a recognized genre, has existed less than a century. Before that, it was known by several names or vague references, such asv"weird fiction" or "ghost stories" or "gothic tales". Many tales from these earlier … Continue reading The Saturday Night Special: “The Damned Thing” by Ambrose Bierce
The Ultimate Guide to Writing Better Than You Normally Do Here's a link to an neat, entertaining article on Timothy McSweeney's Internet Tendency about some good, sound,basic advice on how to write anything better. I recommend printing these out and sticking them on your refrigerator, stapling them to your forehead, or tattooing them to your … Continue reading The Ultimate Guide to Writing Better Than You Normally Do
Source: Victim/Victor Good story from The Drabble. If you are not familiar with them, they are dedicated to publishing fiction and non-fiction of 100 words or less. They occasionally post a story that breaks into horror, such as this one (reminiscent of the French conte cruel), but the site is definitely worth visiting just to … Continue reading “Victim/Victor” at The Drabble
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
This I share with you tonight for entertainment and because it addresses one or two issues affecting writers in general. I was searching for somewhere to publish a very short work (probably nanofiction) of mine tonight and I came across the submission guidelines at Jersey Devil Press. I love guidelines that show a sense of … Continue reading “Behind the Curtain” at Jersey Devil Press
I was sitting here writing a short story when it occurred to me that most characters in classic fiction seldom have detailed descriptions of their physical characteristics. In fact, many have none at all. If they are described, it is usually in a broad, general way, unless there is some detail the author wants to … Continue reading Physical Descriptions and the Atmosphere of the Mind
I was surfing the Internet just now, looking for websites where I can comment, and came across The Guardian's "Comment is Free" section filtered down to their comments on horror movies (http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/commentisfree+film/horror). They seem to produce an article on horror films about every 5-10 months, but the articles are interesting and are worth checking out … Continue reading The Guardian’s “Comment is Free” on Horror Movies
I added verbocrap, verism, logorrhoea, macrology, the Vice, ficelle, and several others.
I was just sitting here contemplating a couple of my stories and how I could improve them before I send them out for publication once again, when something occurred to me. At the moment I was thinking about what makes a satisfactory ending to a story for the general public. A story can be either … Continue reading The Simple and the Complex
About. Here is an interesting blog on writing. As you can see by my comment on the About page, it delves into the essence of writing: communication, the clear transmission of an idea from one person to another.
I just received word that my short horror story "A Tale of Hell" will be published by Fiction on the Web (www.fictionontheweb.co.uk) on May 24. Please check it out. "A Tale of Hell" is about a man who has a vivid dream of being in hell, but then strange things start to happen. Many … Continue reading Fiction on the Web will publish my short story “A Tale of Hell”
I was in the Navy for the entire time "The Ray Bradbury Theatre" ran in syndication (1985-1992). I happened to pick up a collection of 65 of its episodes yesterday while at the Hastings bookstore in Farmington. I have watched less than a dozen of its first episodes (circa 1986) so far, but two I … Continue reading Recommendations from “The Ray Bradbury Theatre”
This morning I have been going through all the daily updates I have been getting from Goodreads, but have not read. Here's an interesting one. "I am fated to journey hand in hand with my strange heroes and to survey the surging immensity of life, to survey it through the laughter that all can see … Continue reading Gogol
More visual horror treats for your tired eyes: 10 Great Posters For Lesser-Known 60s Horror Movies.
Good review: Clive Barker 'The Scarlet Gospels' Advance Review. As you can see in my comments, the review sounds fair, honest, and straightforward. Also, I enjoyed his comments on Barker's other works. Unfortunately, I have read only The Hellbound Heart and Books of Blood, but I want to read the others as soon as I … Continue reading Clive Barker ‘The Scarlet Gospels’ Advance Review
A thought occurred to me tonight as I was watching another episode of the X-Files. I was "reading between the lines" of a dialog between Scully and Mulder, when it dawned on me that part of the art of writing is to write between the lines, i.e. to construct a dialog so that the reader … Continue reading Writing between the Lines