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Lucas and Star Wars: Why Properties Shouldn't Continue Beyond Their Creators

2 months agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

An argument for fictional properties not continuing beyond their original creators. Column by Bart Bishop Does a creation take on a life of its own? When does the artist end and the art begin? That’s the question that has plagued Star Wars since Disney purchased Lucasfilm in 2012 and immediately started work on continuing the franchise. Show More Summary

Bookshots: 'The Dark and Other Love Stories' by Deborah Willis

2 months agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

In this collection consisting of thirteen stories, Deborah Willis gives us a girl on Mars, teenagers who break and enter for fun, and an avian roommate that won't vacate named Todd. Review by Brandon Tietz Bookshots: Pumping new life...Show More Summary

7 Reasons Authors Need to be More Like Rappers

2 months agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

It's time authors learned a thing or two from rappers and made the literary world a bit more exciting. Column by Gabino Iglesias I once wrote a piece about how most of the readings I've been to have bored me to tears. You can probably...Show More Summary

5 Lit-Friendly Cities You Can Expatriate To

2 months agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

Has the political climate got you down? Are you ready to abandon your homeland and relocate to another country? Why not try these five literary destinations? Column by Christopher Shultz Are you serious about expatriating to anotherShow More Summary

Bookshots: 'The Dime' by Kathleen Kent

2 months agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

Dallas crime fiction. Review by Max Booth III Bookshots: Pumping new life into the corpse of the book review Title: The Dime Who wrote it? The first chapter of 'The Dime' is some of the most intense crime fiction I’ve ever read. Kent...Show More Summary

Vampire Love is the Best Kind

2 months agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

Let's be honest: nothing compares to vampire love. Column by Stephanie Bonjack My guilty pleasure is vampire fiction. It is mine and mine alone, alongside the millions of other women who share the same exact guilty pleasure. Vampire drama takes the mundane and makes it art. Show More Summary

Write Exciting Stories About Boring Things

2 months agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

Lessons from 'Arrival', 'The Social Network', and 'This American Life' on how to take a snoozer and make it into a great story. Column by Peter Derk I’m sitting in the $2 theater watching Arrival. My mouth is full of sub sandwich because,...Show More Summary

5 Tips for Writing Short Stories That Sell

2 months agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

This is your year. Get published. Column by George Cotronis Look at that title, huh? That's a tall order. I don't have a silver bullet that will lead you to sell every short story you've written. If I did, like most self-help gurus,Show More Summary

Storyville: How to Put Weather in Your Fiction (Without Being Dull and Boring)

2 months agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

It was a dark and stormy night... Column by Richard Thomas While it might be cliché to start off a story or novel with weather, it’s still very important when building your world to include the elements—not just setting, as in architecture, and the people in your story, but the day and night, season, and current conditions. Show More Summary

Three Secrets to a Cleaner First Draft

3 months agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

If your first drafts are more unfit for public consumption than you’d really like, try these tips for a cleaner, more organized initial pass. Column by Riki Cleveland Every writer knows that writing is re-writing and that the real magic of a novel happens in revisions, but if you’re anything like me, those revisions can be a really daunting task. Show More Summary

A Conversation with Ania Ahlborn About Creepy Houses, Strange Old Ladies, and Her New Novel 'The Devil Crept In'

3 months agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

Rob chats with Ania Ahlborn about her creepy new novel, and they team up to give away some signed copies. But you're going to have to earn them through a little writing exercise... Interview by Rob Hart The Devil Crept In, the latest...Show More Summary

Bookshots: 'Powers of Darkness: The lost Version of Dracula' by Bram Stoker and Valdimar Asmundsson

3 months agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

Dracula lives again in this resurrected Icelandic adaptation of the Gothic classic. Review by JS Breukelaar Bookshots: Pumping new life into the corpse of the book review Title: Powers of Darkness: The Lost Version of Dracula Who wrote...Show More Summary

Bookshots: ‘The Evening Road’ by Laird Hunt

3 months agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

There’s a lynching happening over in Marvel, Indiana, and Ottie Lee, Bud and Dave set out to go see it. Review by Dean Fetzer Bookshots: Pumping new life into the corpse of the book review Title: The Evening Road Who wrote it? WhileShow More Summary

Bookshots: 'The Twenty Days of Turin' by Giorgio De Maria

3 months agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

Our review of the cult Italian novel, translated into English for the first time. Review by Joshua Chaplinsky Bookshots: Pumping new life into the corpse of the book review Title: The Twenty Days of Turin Who wrote it? For anyone with...Show More Summary

LitReactor Does DC—Where You Can Find Us At AWP

3 months agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

LitReactor will be at AWP! Come be friends with us! News by Rob Hart AWP is nearly upon us! This year the Association of Writers & Writing Programs conference is taking place in Washington, D.C., a city free from strife and controversy. LOL JK the US government is currently a raging porta-potty fire. Show More Summary

Lisa Morton on Women in Horror, Juggling a Broad Career, and Becoming a Halloween Expert

3 months agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

An interview with Bram Stoker Award-winning author, screenwriter, Halloween expert, and president of the Horror Writers Association: Lisa Morton. Interview by Annie Neugebauer In honor of Women in Horror Month, who better to interview...Show More Summary

Bookshots: 'Desperation Road' by Michael Farris Smith

3 months agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

Read it with a shotgun and liquor bottle nearby. Review by Max Booth III Bookshots: Pumping new life into the corpse of the book review Title: Desperation Road Who wrote it? If you’re a fan of books about drunks getting into brawls and...Show More Summary

9 Facebook Posts by Authors We Don't Need to See in 2017

3 months agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

There's a lot of nonsense happening on Facebook, and it's time authors stop contributing to it. Column by Gabino Iglesias Social media is a weird place nowadays. Between cats, politics, uneducated opinions, and selfies, Facebook is a strange land where anything and everything can happen. Show More Summary

Time Out: Don't Write Time Travel (Unless You Do It Right)

3 months agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

Why do we keep writing the same time travel stories, and how can we change? Column by Peter Derk Time travel. It’s such a popular, big idea. Everyone wants to put their stamp on time travel, take their swing at it. See how I used two...Show More Summary

A Writer's 5 Stages of Computer Failure

3 months agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

Probably the worst thing to happen in 2016. Column by Max Booth III Last month, my MacBook died. I was in the process of editing a manuscript when my mouse cursor transformed into the spinning wheel of death. I feel like this mechanism...Show More Summary

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