Flash Fiction: ‘Hungry Spirits’ by Michael Conroy

Défago had "seen the Wendigo."Algernon Blackwood Hungry Spirits By Michael Conroy Tom had never wandered so deep into the woods before. His grandfather, who spoke in riddles, had warned him not to stray too far because Algonquian legends told of hungry spirits that brought out the worst in men. His grandpa worried too much. Besides,... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

Flash Fiction: ‘Meat’ by Michael Conroy

Does the beef salute the butcher as it throbs to its knees?Clive Barker Meat Written by Michael Conroy He awoke in darkness to the smell of bleach. Mattress springs creaked under his weight, and he felt a cold burning sensation deep in his sinuses. He rolled onto his stomach and planted his hands down on... Continue Reading →

Flash Fiction: ‘Chalk’ by Andrew Slinde

People just... disappear[...]Bret Easton Ellis Andrew Slinde is a screenwriter, novelist, and general purveyor of strange fiction. He lives in Des Moines, Iowa and cohabitates with three apex predators. Follow him on Twitter @AndrewSlinde Chalk By Andrew Slinde Monday: There was a chalk mark on my door. Nothing special, just an X. Who put it... Continue Reading →

Interview with Fantasy Writer Isabella Hunter

What does the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, China last November mean for the writing world? Is this the end of capitalism as we know it? Can we look forward to a violent socialist revolution? Will e-book sales fly through the roof? The pandemic is bound to take a toll on what has always been an... 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 →

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 →

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