Rules for Crafting Fiction

Brevity is the soul of wit.William Shakespeare Crafting a compelling story, be it a novel, short story, or flash fiction, takes discipline. Great writing isn’t so much about impressing the reader with wit or clever description as brutalising your raw prose until the final product is taut and powerful – until each word becomes a... Continue Reading →

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Elyn Joy & The Book of Demons

Elyn Joy is an American author from Denver, Colorado. Her published works include two children’s books, Everyone Has a Point of View (2018) and Once Upon a Pigeon and Other Retold Fables (C.R. Success Learning/Barnes & Noble, 2017), two health education books, The Gluten-Free Parent’s Survival Guide (2019) and The Gluten-Free Teen’s Survival Guide (2021),... Continue Reading →

J. McDonald & The Book of Demons

‘Upon Reflection’ is J. McDonald’s debut piece. Having spent an inordinate amount of time and money on reading the works of others, this new Canadian author decided it was time to try to give back to a community that has provided countless hours of enjoyment. McDonald has a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in English,... Continue Reading →

Nozomi Okumura & The Book of Demons

Nozomi Okumura adores fantasy of every shape and style, and they long to write stories in that vein for as long as humanly possible. They crawled out from the depths of their Twitter feed long enough to string some words together, and ‘Solomon’s Prime Key’ (in The Book of Demons) is the result – a... Continue Reading →

Isabella Hunter & The Book of Demons

Isabella Hunter talks to us about her story 'Behind the Mask' in The Book of Demons, the new short story collection curated by A J Dalton. Miss Hunter is a queer Gothic author whose work appears in numerous anthologies from Iron Faerie, Kristell Ink, and others. Be sure to follow her on Twitter for more... Continue Reading →

Introducing… The Book of Demons

The Book of Demons “Dedicated to every woman, person or animal who has suffered persecution or demonization for who they are.”A group of researchers from Middlesex University, working with prize-winning creative writers from the UK, the USA and Canada, have produced this exciting new book that explores the history of demonology, and what it is... Continue Reading →

Writing Lesson: Levelling Up Short Stories 1/3

Today, I'll be posting a crime fiction story that I wrote for my MFA a couple of years ago. It is imperfect and a creative failure, precisely because it is and always was intended to be... an homage. It might read well, it may entertain you, but it is a failure because it's a straight... Continue Reading →

How to Write Every Day… Or Else

[...] you can't rely on inspiration or a novel would take ten years.J G Ballard Let's face it, writing is hard and nobody really knows what they're doing. We fumble away at the page like dirty macaques reaching through a mesh fence for a slice of apple. But that's no reason to give up. Why,... Continue Reading →

Reading to Write & Vice Versa

Reading is the creative center of a writer's life.Stephen King, On Writing Reading is to writing as nourishment is to the human body, as coal is to a steam engine, and vice versa. If you read a lot, and make a habit of interrogating what you read (what the writer does through their use of... Continue Reading →

Michael Victor Bowman: Writing, Subverting Old Tropes & The Book of Witches

Michael Victor Bowman was once chased by an angry hippo in Tanzania -- the most interesting seven seconds of his life. The most interesting six seconds are another story… He grew up preferring fantasy to football, and, as a writer, he’ll try any genre at least once, but always comes home to science fiction and... Continue Reading →

Matt Beeson: Modern & Progressive Takes on Witchcraft & The Book of Witches

Matt Beeson is father to Brandon, husband to Nola; these are the things he knows for certain. He works as an engineer and primarily writes reports and the occasional technical paper (he even does some engineering from time to time). The Book of Witches is his first foray into fiction and he very much hopes... Continue Reading →

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