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This book began as an expansion of my essay, "H. P. Lovecraft: The Decline of the West," in The Weird Tale, but very quickly became something quite different, to the degree that the two works have little save the title in common. I have always been interested in Lovecraft the philosopher, and in my Starmont Reader's Guide to Lovecraft (1982) I attempted a very compressed... [click here for more]
Essential Techniques for Identifying and Solving Manuscript Problems
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You've completed the first draft of your novel--now what? Chances are, it's not perfect...at least not yet. In order to increase your chances of getting a literary agent, selling your manuscript to a publisher, or garnering an audience for your self-published work, you need targeted,... [click here for more]
A beginner's guide to the paranormal, through the eyes of a professional paranormal investigator. If you’ve ever wanted to head out on your very own ghost hunt, but don’t quite know how to get started, this guide will get you on your way. Learn the basic information for a successful ghost investigation, plus a handy reference of vocabulary and investigative forms to use to keep you organized.... [click here for more]
An exploration of the tropes of science fiction by a writer, author, and fan.
An exploration of the tropes of Science Fiction by a writer, author, and fan. Originally published on One Thousand and One Parsecs for the 2013 Blogging From A to Z Challenge. ... [click here for more]
Toys--those celebrated childhood cohorts and lead actors in children's imaginative play--have a fantastic history of heroism in fiction. From teddy bears that guard sleeping babies to plastic soldiers and cowboys who lay siege to wooden block castles, toys are often the heroes of the stories children inspire authors to tell.
In this collection of new essays, scholars from a range of disciplines... [click here for more]
Fiction writers can now learn to craft an engaging plot with this new book from the best-selling author and columnist.James Scott Bell offers clear, concise information that will help you create a believable and memorable plot including techniques for crafting strong beginnings, middles and endings, with easy to understand plotting diagrams and charts.
Bell also provides brainstorming techniques... [click here for more]