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A Horror Novel Novice Takes a Stab at Halloween-y Books

4 months agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

A dyed-in-the-wool YA happy-book reader experiments with some horror novels. It's...not promising. Column by Karis Rogerson I’d like to credit The Shining with being the reason I can’t turn off the bathroom light unless the door is open—I’ve...Show More Summary

5 Reasons Jigsaw is the Perfect Writing Mentor

4 months agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

Forget an MFA, Jigsaw will be your writing mentor for free. Column by Christoph Paul Jigsaw just wants to make people be their best selves. He’s a secular humanist and a post-modern self-help guru. Is he psychopathic mass-murder? I mean technically yes, but I think Jigsaw didn’t find his true purpose—being the best writing mentor of all time. Show More Summary

Gory, Bizarre, Cheesy Horror Movies and Their Book Matches Pt. 1

4 months agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

Are you a fan of horror movies like 'The Stuff,' 'Suspiria," or 'Frankenhooker?' Then you'll want to check out these book pairings. Column by Peter Derk I love horror movies. I also love horror books. It’s October, and you’re on LitReactor,...Show More Summary

The 20 Best Horror Stories Available Online for Free

4 months agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

It’s Halloween, so let’s celebrate by reading some spooky stories. Column by Max Booth III It’s Halloween, so let’s celebrate by reading some spooky stories available online for free. You have no excuse not to take a look at every single one of these. Show More Summary

10 MORE Poems to Old-School Your Halloween

4 months agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

Looking for a screen-free way to celebrate the creepiest time of year? Reading poems aloud around a campfire is the most atmospheric way ever! Here are ten poems for suggested reading. Column by Annie Neugebauer Last year, some super...Show More Summary

The Rare Occurrence of the "Final Boy" in Horror

4 months agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

Men, Women and Chain Saws: A look at the rare case of the "final boy" in horror movies. Column by Bart Bishop The "final girl" is a potent concept that started off in academic circles but has recently entered into the mainstream. A final...Show More Summary

7 Beloved Authors Who Occasionally Dabbled in Horror

4 months agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

Seasoned horror fans might know the complete works of Lovecraft & Poe, but how familiar are they with chilling works by Edith Wharton & Truman Capote? Find out as we get into some Horror deep cuts. Column by Emmanuel Nataf When you think of horror writers, your mind probably jumps to names like Poe, Lovecraft, and King. Show More Summary

The Walking Dead Pilot: Saying Hello Again to "Days Gone Bye"

4 months agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

A craft-based look at The Walking Dead pilot, "Days Gone Bye," examining how time, silence, and intelligent storytelling choices helped create a launching pad for one of the most popular shows on TV. Column by Fred Venturini The Walking...Show More Summary

Storyville: Activities to Feed Your Dark Creative Soul Around Halloween

4 months agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

A few ideas on how to tap into your inner darkness, as we approach Halloween. Column by Richard Thomas Wander your local graveyard after dark. Sit near the most decorative mausoleum you can find. Or the oldest one. Perhaps the most ornate. Show More Summary

Library Love: I Left My Heart in the Book Drop

4 months agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

Book drops are the library furniture you never notice but always use. Column by Stephanie Bonjack I never thought so seriously about book drops until I led a renovation of my library. So many things fell into place: the student study rooms, the comfortable furniture, the staff break room facing the mountains. Show More Summary

The 18 Most Egregious Art Replacements From 'Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark'

4 months agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

Replacing Stephen Gammell's art from 'Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark' was a bad idea. But which drawings do we miss the most? Column by Peter Derk It's been a few years since the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark trilogy got a major...Show More Summary

"It's Not a Horror Movie, It's a Psychological Thriller!"

4 months agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

Batman slapping robin.jpg Column by Max Booth III With the recent groundbreaking box office success of IT: Chapter One, it’s easy to believe the horror genre might finally start being accepted as a serious art-form. However, one look...Show More Summary

13 Halloween Themed Anthologies to Fill Your Season with Fright

4 months agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

A list of yummy seasonal reading. Books on this list are overtly Halloween-themed multi-author anthologies focusing on short stories. 13 lucky options to fill your October with creepy fiction! Column by Annie Neugebauer Who doesn’t love...Show More Summary

5 Bizarro Books That Should Be Movies

4 months agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

Hollywood needs to go bizarro and make these five movies. Column by Christoph Paul I’m very excited to see the horror movie Happy Death Day, due in large part to its similarities to a cool Bizarro book by Tiffany Scandal that came out this year called Shit Luck. Show More Summary

Anatomy of a Mini Flash Novel Experiment: Angel Dust

4 months agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

"Planet Grim" Author Alex Behr turns prompts into experimental prose. Column by Alex Behr Photo: Seaview, WA, in November (Alex Behr) At a flash fiction class at The Attic in Portland, OR, poet/screenwriter/overall godhead David Ciminello led us through prompts. Show More Summary

Voices of the Dead: In Memories and Literary Prose

4 months agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

David Cranmer explores how literary authors Chekov, Amis, and Greene portray death in their fiction, interweaving his own experiences with the dead and why realism is compulsory in his reading. Column by David Cranmer When the family...Show More Summary

Blood, Parasites, and Mutilation: Celebrating 10 Masters of Body Horror

4 months agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

Body horror is a rich subgenre. Here are some of its best purveyors. Column by Gabino Iglesias You know what? Body horror is infinitely richer and far more complicated than most people imagine. Body horror, a subgenre of horror thatShow More Summary

13 Reason Charles Addams is an Unsung Master of Horror

4 months agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

If you're a true horror fan, you need more Charles Addams in your life. Column by Peter Derk When we mention masters of horror: the King's, the Matheson's, Tobe Hooper, George Romero, Wes Craven— When we talk about The Mount Rushmore...Show More Summary

How to Finish Your Novel Using Math

4 months agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

Finishing a novel doesn't have to be daunting. Get out your calculator and see how math can help you reach the end. Column by Justin Hunter Have you ever written a short story? A long story? A novella? Now you want to write a novel? Cool, lean in real close. Show More Summary

Season of the Witch: Six Dark Fairy Tales Everyone Should Read

4 months agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

Prepare to be haunted by six of the finest dark fairy tales, by the women who reinvented the form: Angela Carter, A. S. Byatt, Kelly Link, Aimee Bender, Kate Bernheimer, and Karen Joy Fowler. Column by Susan DeFreitas The term fairy tale is often deployed for things that seem too good to be true (say, a fairy tale romance). Show More Summary

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