December 1st, 2006

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Writing Horror

So, there are some aspiring dark fiction writers (horror, dark fantasy, fill in your genre here) types who read my journal, so this entry is for you!

There are two kinds of 'books for writers'. Now I don't mean books like Strunk and White's Elements of Style (which anyone trying to be a writer should own, read and reread). I'm talking Advice Books. Like Tom Monteleone's Complete Idiots Guide to Writing a Novel (a fine fun read).

Well in the land of writing advice books, the prospective reader will encounter two different camps of books. The single author tome (where a single or pair of authors writes a whole book for your consumption) and collections of articles by divers hands. While single author books are all well and good (Orson Scott Card's book on developing Characters from Writer's Digest Books is a good read), I personally favor the latter volume. I like lots of info from different viewpoints.

J.N. Williamson (R.I.P) edited a fine volume on writing fantasy, sf and horror. Well, now we've got a new volume to add to the shelves.

The Horror Writers Association has put together a volume titled On Writing Horror (edited by Mort Castle). Essentially, this is a bunch of articles from folks in the trenches about writing weird stories. Joe R. Lansdale, David Morrell, Jack Ketchum, Richard Dansky, Nicholad Kaufmann, Ramsey Campbell and more. Writers (aspiring, young or experienced) can always benefit from insights into the craft and business of writing, and books such as this are useful (and oftentimes fun to read, too).

You can find it at Amazon

and other book sellers.

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