The 2020 SFPA Poetry Contest runs from June 1 through August 31, 2020 and is open to both non-members and members.
At 94 pages, In the Scrape by James Newman and Mark Steensland is a quick read, but be warned that the mounting tension might require an occasional break to catch your breath. You’re going to need the oxygen: the final third of the book, when the breathless pace escalates and characters become even more desperate, becomes unputdownable.
Cricket Hunters subverts the usual tropes and nostalgia of coming-of-age horror by reaching for something even darker in this tale of friendship and rivalry
I have definitely been in the mood for ghost stories, and Midnight in the Graveyard, the first anthology from Silver Shamrock Publishing, delivers the ghostly goods!
This little novella full of big revelations and emotions really got to me.
The rapid pace doesn’t get in the way of good details and atmosphere; I felt the cold, eeriness, and rising tension along the way. What they encounter is creepy as hell and led to heart-pounding horror and heartbreaking deaths.
It took me several pages to adjust to the direction Kirk takes later in the novel, but I was rewarded with an unexpectedly humane, emotional, and satisfying ending. Despite its challenges, We Are Monsters left me with a lot to enjoy and think about.
"Little girls in white dresses skipping rope / & chanting singsong in slow motion we stole / from an 80’s horror film."
So this is what today's pro-level horror looks like.
What I like the most about Ghosters 3 are the characters and their personality quirks and other details that make them individual and interesting.
After years of focusing on literary poetry and fiction, including completing my undergraduate education in creative writing and taking writing workshops, I'm finally embracing my original genre aspirations.
I'm joining the other Writers Studio Tucson teachers at Antigone Books for a public reading from our latest works that focus on "the unusual, the dark, and the unreal."
In the 2019 Shadow Award from The Molotov Cocktail, one of my entries landed me on the short list.
I'm teaching a new 6-week workshop titled "Crafting Fantastic & Imaginative Worlds" and it uses The Writers Studio method of persona writing and critiquing. It begins Saturday, July 27, 2019.
Assimilate isn’t the cheap and nauseating found-footage film the trailer led me to believe it would be, but instead an effective low-budget thriller that relies too much on jump scares but tempers these with earned emotions and suspense.
Horror 101: The Way Forward edited by Joe Mynhardt explores a tremendous territory of information, advice, and experience with essays written by many different creatives who work in the genre.
The highlight of this issue is most definitely the interview with Joe Hill. I haven't read any of his work yet, but I'm really interested now that I've read this interview.
Neil Gaiman's "The Mushroom Hunters" was my personal favorite in the collection, along with Mary Soon Lee's "Advice to a Six-Year-Old" and all her other poems, Linda D. Addison's "Sycorax's Daughters Unveiled", Cislyn Smith's "Hot", and Shannon Connor Winward's "The Raven's Hallowe'en."
Comparing the movies and the book. The novel has more room for exposition than the film, and in general this additional information is really interesting.
Beyond the Gates is one of those slow-burn horror films that may bore some viewers but the nostalgia and character building are going to make fans of the rest.