Tag: Horror Literature

Articles and posts that deal with the literature of horror and its sub-genres.

Self Publishing for Beginners

This week I became an author. After reading about Hugh Howey, I was inspired to collect the three installments of The Carrion Files into...

Review: At the Mountains of Madness by HP Lovecraft

While delving into the realm of science horror, I had the goal to read all of HP Lovecraft's work. Having already read or listened...

Review: The Games by Ted Kosmatka

I'm glad I started with The Games by Ted Kosmatka as my first foray into science horror. I don't think I could pick a better...

Synthetic Voices #15 – February 2013 Top Picks

Woweewow, I love February's crop of Top Picks!  There is so much goodness I can hardly contain myself!  I think all tastes will be...

We Can Hear You Scream: An Overview of SF/Horror Literature

The fear of the dark, the unknown, the monster standing right behind you ready to tear you limb from limb...is part of the human...

Ora Pro Nobis. The Zombies Are Coming

Pope Benedict XVI stunned the world on February 11th by announcing his abdication. In related news on your Amazing Stories channel, the zombie apocalypse is coming. Even Snooki agrees! “One day, I know that the world is going to end with zombies.”

American Gothic: Bellefleur by Joyce Carol Oates

As I mentioned in my post Stephen King: A Beginner’s Guide I became interested in the work of Joyce Carol Oates because of her...

Mini-Review of Felicity Savage’s “Black Wedding”

It's been so long since I've heard a "new voice" in horror writing that I'd forgotten what it feels like. Felicity Savage's "Black Wedding"...

Writing Reviews – in My Opinion

Readers tend to gain most from reviews while writers tend to live more by opinion. That ugly thin line between the two is where fan compassion blurs with confusion.

Welcome to my world….

I had thought for my first post that I would review a story that I’ve just finished reading, but then I thought to myself...
Unstuck #2

Genres Get Unstuck, or My New Favorite Literary Magazine

Prior to the 1991 introduction of SoundScan, record stores self-reported what was moving off their shelves. That system, open to bias and shaky math,...

Stephen King – A Beginner’s Guide

For a long time I paid no attention to the writing of Joyce Carol Oates. But I kept seeing her mentioned in the context...

Supernatural Horror In Literature

The appeal of the spectrally macabre is generally narrow because it demands from the reader a certain degree of imagination and a capacity for...

Synthetic Voices #14 – January 2013 Top Picks

This month's Top Picks are some of the most clever stories I've heard in a while.  I guess January is just a clever kind...

Objects in Dreams (Imaginings Volume 4) by Lisa Tuttle

Lisa Tuttle has long been one of the masters of the deeply unsettling tale. Last year her short story Objects in Dreams may be...

Synthetic Voices’ Top Podcasted Stories of 2012

Over at the Synthetic Voices podcast, I see a LOT of fiction over the course of a calendar year.  Now, the 2012th year of the...

Dead Cosmonauts and Other Eldritch Horrors

Space Eldritch Nathan Shumate, ed. Cold Fusion Media Tpb $13.99, ebook $5.99 Kindle Nook Smashwords Two of the most popular subgenres of the fantastic are space travel (with its...

Synthetic Voices #13 – December 2012 Top Picks

This month has been a tumultuous one - travel, holidays, and illness.  Podcasted fiction seems to have also had a hard time, December representing...

How SFX Can Ruin a Horror Film

It recently struck me how most of the films that, IMHO, were truly scary were the ones that had little or no digital special...

Crossroads: Where Genres Meet in the Night

Speculative fiction's ability to stay fresh is a direct result of its ability to blend with other genres: the mash-up, the hybrid, the literary crossroad are where science fiction has always found innovation. We're a magpie genre, and I think that should be celebrated and explored.
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