How to Write a Great Short Story – The 8-Point Story Arc

Writer Wednesday: Learn with us as we uncover an 8 point story arc for crafting a short story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0HEqI3pJIM&t=7s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0HEqI3pJIM&t=7s

Interview with Jeff Vandermeer, Author of "Dead Astronauts"

By Erin Berger Erin Berger Catches Up With the Author of Dead Astronauts In Jeff VanderMeer’s work, nature is often the stuff of nightmares. In his recent novel Dead Astronauts, he describes a duck with a reptilian, serrated smile, its body sometimes covered with a thin, oozing crust of blood. In one encounter, it feasts on a rodent with a … Continue reading Interview with Jeff Vandermeer, Author of "Dead Astronauts"

Happy Birthday Haruki Murakami

Happy 71st Birthday to one helluva creative writer, Haruki Murakami. Haruki is a Japanese writer. His books and stories have been bestsellers in Japan as well as internationally, with his work being translated into 50 languages and selling millions of copies outside of Japan. “Today when I awoke from a nap the faceless man was … Continue reading Happy Birthday Haruki Murakami

William James, an Original Thinker

On January 11, philosopher, writer, and psychologist Williams James was born in 1842. James was instrumental in establishing Harvard's psychology department, which at its inception was tied to the department of philosophy. James himself remained unconvinced that psychology was in fact a distinct discipline, writing in his 1892 survey of the field, Psychology: Briefer Course, … Continue reading William James, an Original Thinker

8 Horror Novels that are Based on Real Historical Events

have always gravitated toward works of horror, even at a young age. At first, I read whatever I could find on my parents’ bookshelves. John Saul. V.C. Andrews. Stephen King. They lit a fire in me, made me curious about all the things that might be out there. All the things we cannot prove. Ghosts hiding around corners. Monsters lurking in shadows.

As I got older, I began to appreciate a different sort of horror. Horror that made me interrogate the greater dangers we encounter in our day-to-day lives. The deeper evils that lie within us. What could be more terrifying?

If there is anything to inspire an even deeper dread within me, it’s stories that take already terrible events from real life and make them even more monstrous using the traditional elements of horror. Perhaps it’s because these stories hew so closely to reality, they almost seem to…

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On Emily Bronte

Emily Brontë’s work on Wuthering Heights cannot be dated, and she may well have spent a long time on this intense, solidly imagined novel. It is distinguished from other novels of the period by its dramatic and poetic presentation, its abstention from all comment by the author, and its unusual structure. It recounts in the retrospective narrative of an onlooker, which in turn includes shorter narratives.
 
#OTD Emily Bronte, author of “Wuthering Heights” was born in 1818. When I first read her work, I was moved; when I re-read her work, I was inspired. Today, I continue to admire in awe.
 
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