Flash Fiction: ‘The Incident in Downtown Miami’ by Michael Conroy

It was just a colour out of space—a frightful messenger from unformed realms of infinity beyond all Nature as we know it; from realms whose mere existence stuns the brain and numbs us with the black extra-cosmic gulfs it throws open before our frenzied eyes.H.P. Lovecraft The Incident in Downtown Miami Written by Michael Conroy... Continue Reading →

Flash Fiction: Two Stories by Hannah Stevens

Dr Hannah Stevens is a queer freelance writer. 'In Their Absence,' her collection of short stories about missing people and broken lives, will be published in 2020. Her work has been widely anthologised and featured in numerous literary journals. She currently co-directs Wind&Bones, a company exploring the crossing-places of creativity, writing and social justice. Originally... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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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