Writing Lesson: ‘The Exorcist’ vs. ‘The Shining’

The road to hell is paved with adverbs.Stephen King Today we look at two defining novels of the horror genre, both of which have been adapted for screen to great acclaim. Adapting a work of fiction for cinema or stage sometimes means chopping it up and stitching it back together again. Other times, it might... Continue Reading →

Joseph Conrad’s ‘Heart of Darkness’

During the last decade of the 19th Century, also known as the Fin-de-Siècle, anxieties about the state of the nation, and the species, were rife. The British Empire was in decline and imperial guilt haunted Britain. Novels like Dracula and Herland laid bare unconscious fears of suffrage and the bohemian New Woman, but it was... Continue Reading →

The Genesis of ‘Frankenstein’

In the summer of 1816, a group of young intellectuals, all fleeing debt and scandal, gathered together at a villa on the shores of Lake Geneva. Mary Godwin (daughter of William Godwin and radical feminist Mary Wollstonecraft) had already eloped with her future husband Percy Bysshe Shelley once before, who, in turn, had abandoned his... Continue Reading →

Q&A with Best-Selling Fantasy Author A J Dalton

A J Dalton, best-selling novelist and creator of the metaphysical fantasy genre, answers our questions about fantasy fiction, finding an agent, and getting published. (Fun fact: Even Neil Gaiman writes under the metaphysical fantasy banner.) Dr Dalton is also a perspicacious academic. He has, most notably, written books on the sub-genres of British fantasy literature... Continue Reading →

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