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Six Tips for Troubleshooting the Novel

last monthArts / Writing : LitReactor

Every novel is a special snowflake, sure, but many go wrong in the same ways. An editor breaks down known issues at the level of plot, structure, and characterization she sees over and over again. Column by Susan DeFreitas The most prolific authors will pen something like forty novels over the course of their careers. Show More Summary

David Fincher and James Ellroy Plan Noir Series for HBO

last monthArts / Writing : LitReactor

The future of "Must Watch" TV. News by Joshua Chaplinsky Didn't get your USDA recommended daily allowance of James Ellroy today? Did you know that at one point David Fincher was attached to direct an adaptation of The Black Dahlia? (This...Show More Summary

Where Lit-Fic and Horror Converge: Ten Literary Chillers

last monthArts / Writing : LitReactor

Nightmare-fueled narratives and "literary merit" are not so unfamiliar as one might believe. As a matter of fact, they make quite excellent bedfellows. Column by Christopher Shultz I think for genre definitions, we really need look no...Show More Summary

Bookshots: 'Perfidia' by James Ellroy

2 months agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

The Demon Dog is back, with the first volume in his epic new quartet. Review by Joshua Chaplinsky Bookshots: Pumping new life into the corpse of the book review Title: Perfidia Who wrote it? Ellroy reintroduces characters from his previous...Show More Summary

Booze And Comics Unite Under Bacardi Flag

2 months agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

Comics dream team Warren Ellis and Mike Allred team up to create graphic novel depicting the life of rum maker Emilio Bacardi. News by Peter Derk Just in case you needed a reason to drink while you read comics, Warren Ellis and MikeShow More Summary

LURID: Get Your Motor Running — Bad Boy Bikers in Fiction and Memoir

2 months agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

The FIFTIETH (count 'em) Lurid takes a look at America's fascination with outlaw biker gangs, from 'The Wild One' to the final season of 'Sons of Anarchy', which begins on TV this week. Column by Karina Wilson LURID: vivid in shocking...Show More Summary

Bookshots: 'The Children Act' by Ian McEwan

2 months agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

Family Court Judge Fiona Maye meets a teenager whose life--or death--rests in her hands, as her own existence threatens to implode. Review by Naturi Thomas-Millard Bookshots: Pumping new life into the corpse of the book review Title: The...Show More Summary

How to Build a Novel Soundtrack

2 months agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

The soundtrack’s main goal is to better emphasize the book’s atmosphere while also helping readers discover new music. Column by Max Booth III I think creating novel soundtracks is a pretty common activity for authors. Most of you already do this. Show More Summary

Margaret Atwood And The Time Capsule Forest

2 months agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

Margaret Atwood's newest manuscript will be published 100 years from now as part of the Future Library Project. News by Peter Derk Time capsules, Margaret Atwood, secret manuscripts and ambitious art projects. This story has it all, people. Margaret Atwood announced the publication date for her newest manuscript as being 2114. Show More Summary

Culling the Classics: 'The Bell Jar' by Sylvia Plath

2 months agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

Published just over 50 years ago, 'The Bell Jar' by Plath has sold in the millions. But does it deserve its stellar reputation? Column by Cath Murphy LitReactor presents a special guest edition of Culling the Classic! The Book The Bell...Show More Summary

Storyville: Writing a Novel Without Plotting it Out

2 months agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

Tips on how to write a novel without plotting it out. Column by Richard Thomas How do you write a novel without plotting? That’s insane, right? For me, it’s all about exploring the characters, sitting in their emotions, and making decisions based on logic, passion, conflict, and survival. Show More Summary

Why Are Textbooks So Fucking Expensive?

2 months agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

Differing studies have found that the average U.S. student spends between $600 and $1,200 a year on textbooks and supplies. What exactly makes textbooks so expensive? Column by Leah Dearborn Pardon my French, but when a required textbook costs up to $300, it’s time to resort to expletives. Show More Summary

October Book Club Selection: 'Burnt Tongues: An Anthology of Transgressive Fiction' edited by Chuck Palahniuk, et al

2 months agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

October's selection for the LitReactor Book Club is 'Burnt Tongues: An Anthology of Transgressive Fiction' edited by Chuck Palahniuk, Richard Thomas and Dennis Widmyer. News by Joshua Chaplinsky Every month here at LitReactor, we celebrate reading with a new selection in our Book Club. Show More Summary

10 Questions with Benjamin Whitmer

2 months agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

LitReactor goes 10 rounds with the uncompromising Benjamin Whitmer. Interview by Keith Rawson Image via Music Tomes When I was reading Benjamin Whitmer’s debut novel, Pike, the first time, I made a comment on social media how I felt like I needed to take a scalding hot bath and scrub myself with bleach and steel wool to keep reading. Show More Summary

Is James Franco About To Shoot 'Zeroville'?

2 months agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

His social media seems to say, "yes." News by Joshua Chaplinsky No, that's not a behind the scenes photo from Interior: Leather Bar 2 - Even Leatherier. It's James Franco as Vikar Jerome, the protagonist of Steve Erickson's fantastic novel, Zeroville. Erickson is an author of whom I've sung considerable praise, and Zeroville is one of my favorites. Show More Summary

Win A Copy of David Cronenberg's Debut Novel, 'Consumed'

2 months agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

The director of 'Videodrome' and 'The Fly' has written a novel. You want to read it. News by Joshua Chaplinsky Canadian auteur David Cronenberg has directed film adaptations of some of your favorite novels—Crash, Naked Lunch, The Dead Zone—but did you know he always wanted be a novelist himself? It's what he went to university for. Show More Summary

Pynchon Punch-Up On Simpsons Script

2 months agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

Thomas Pynchon's handwritten edits to his Simpsons script revealed! News by Peter Derk A Simpsons pop-in has become a common occurrence for celebrities, but few of these appearances are as wonderfully weird as Thomas Pynchon's. Not to...Show More Summary

Comic Book vs. Film: Guardians of the Galaxy

2 months agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

Guardians of the Galaxy may be a box office success, but how does it measure up to its source material? Column by BH Shepherd Beautiful imperfection. It’s a term art critics have bandied about almost as long as there has been art to critique. Show More Summary

Path to Publication 3.1: Second Time's the Charm!

2 months agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

Negotiations are complete. Contract is signed and in the mail. Nobody died. I'd call that a win. Column by Rob Hart After the collapse of my first book deal, I'm back in business—Polis Books will release my debut novel, New Yorked, in June 2015, and has contracted me for a follow-up, City of Rose. Show More Summary

Bookshots: 'The Drop' by Dennis Lehane

2 months agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

A gritty novel set in a Boston suburb, that centers on a puppy - you gotta love it. Review by Dean Fetzer Bookshots: Pumping new life into the corpse of the book review Title: The Drop Who wrote it? This is the new novel by Dennis Lehane,...Show More Summary

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