KZine Now In Paperback!

KZine is a British publication specializing in science fiction, horror, fantasy, and crime stories for Kindle. It’s now also offering paperback editions on Amazon, including issue eight, which features one of my stories. The reviewer at Wizzley Magazine wrote that he “was impressed by the high quality of all eight stories” in that issue, and … Continue reading KZine Now In Paperback!

Robert E. Howard: A Literary Biography

Whether you’re a fan of fantasy fiction in general, or of Robert E. Howard in particular, or if you’re an aspiring writer who wants to learn what makes successful writers tick, you will enjoy David C. Smith’s Robert E. Howard: A Literary Biography. David C. Smith is a prolific writer himself. In his latest work, … Continue reading Robert E. Howard: A Literary Biography

The Pioneers of Pulp

Science Fiction and Fantasy, once despised by the creators of popular entertainment as well as literary scholars, have not only risen in the eyes of serious students of literature but among the general public. What accounts for this sea-change? We could point to the surprising success of both Star Trek (soft sci-fi) or Star Wars … Continue reading The Pioneers of Pulp

The Great KOA Getaway

There’s an energizing crispness in the October air – and that’s not all. Regional festivals celebrating local wine, apples, and barbecue lure excited crowds with sweet, smoky aromas and music from homegrown bands. The squawking from a wedge of geese overhead reminds us it’s hunting and camping season. And Halloween is just around the corner. … Continue reading The Great KOA Getaway

Best Fiction and Writing Blogs

The best fiction and writing blog posts from around the ‘net, all guaranteed to make you a [insert adjective for your region] Shakespeare. Inspired by ron. Joanne Jeffries and Julian Yanover – Poets University Infographic Erin Beth Liles – Creating Lifelike Fictional Characters Distance Landaverde – A Love Affair with Organic form Miguel Olmedo Morell … Continue reading Best Fiction and Writing Blogs

Best Fiction and Writing Blogs

The best fiction and writing blog posts from around the ‘net, with advice and inspiration guaranteed to make you a literary cult figure. Compiled by howard. Joanne Jeffries and Julian Yanover – Poetic WordClouds: These are the most common words in Poetry Owen Booth – 24 Rules for Writing Short Stories Fionn Grant – Literary … Continue reading Best Fiction and Writing Blogs

“Rowdy” Roddy Piper Versus Cthulhu!

This evening, The Charlotte Film Society featured two shorts and a full-length film. My wife and I agreed the main film, Nina Forever, was an unfocused hot mess. However, the short Portal to Hell!!! was a blast. Ex-pro wrestler Roddy Piper plays Jack, a patient, over-worked, and under-appreciated building super. Jack’s so stressed by his … Continue reading “Rowdy” Roddy Piper Versus Cthulhu!

The Murders in the Rue Morgue

Sean Fitzgerald offers a sympathetic evaluation of the great-great granddaddy of detective fiction, with revealing insights into Poe’s other work: Edgar Allan Poe’s “great continuous convulsion” speaks very naturally and very intensely to the adolescent spirit: passion, love, hatred, murder, primal desires and fears, a desperate pursuit for meaning in a corrupt world. The tales … Continue reading The Murders in the Rue Morgue

Best Fiction and Writing Blogs

The best fiction and writing blog posts from around the ‘net, with advice and inspiration guaranteed to make you a literary sensation. Compiled by lovecraft. Alice Osborn – How to Set Better Boundaries A. J. Humpage – Why Character Actions/Reactions Are Important Angela Ackerman – Killer Resources for Drafting Our Story Jonathon Sturgeon – An … Continue reading Best Fiction and Writing Blogs