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Writing Tips: Finding Your Voice

“Writing is a struggle against silence.”- Carlos Fuentes Voice is a struggle for new writers who have yet dared to tread on the untouched roads of their writing adventures. It can sometimes be this amorphous thing that we are taught to seek and value without

Horror's Puritan Values

When you think of the horror genre, “Puritan” is probably not the first word to come to mind. At face value, horror appears to be the antithesis of Puritan, but behind the buckets of gore, sexual promiscuity, lewd behavior, and general murder, there’s a real

Dragon Age: The Masked Empire Book Review

Year 2014 Author Patrick Weekes Summary Empress Celene struggles to navigate the dangerous political climate of her powerful nation, Orlais. Her cousin, The Grandduke Gaspard, seeks to undermine her power at every turn and treasonous whispers can be heard among the nobles who hide behind

31 Days of Dreadtober(2017): How Setting Can Drive Fear

Day 20 While well-rounded characters are always a boon to any creative work, I feel that settings are often overlooked. My favorite stories have a setting that is a character in itself and smart use of a setting can really elevate the creep factor of

IT(2017) Movie Review: You'll Float Too…

IT Year 2017 Starring Jaedan Lieberher, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Chosen Jacobs, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff, Bill Skarsgard  Directed by Andy Muschietti Tagline You’ll float too. Synopsis Over the course of a summer, seven kids in the town of Derry, Maine,

Are There Limits In Horror?

Horror is about pushing boundaries as much as it is about scaring people. No other genre so regularly totes the line between what is “acceptable” and what isn’t except for satire, which is why the two have always seemed to pair together so well. Pushing boundaries

3 Book Recommendations For The Horror Fan Issue #1

While my time in the Army was coming to a close, I felt a real drawback to books and writing. Something was happening to me on an unconscious level; the need to write was slowly beginning to reemerge. Looking back at my kindle purchases from

The Throne of Bones: Ghouls Are Underutilized And Underrated

Year 1997 Author Brian McNaughton Summary A collection of horror-fantasy stories set in a decadent world where the humans are just as repulsive as the monsters who dwell in the shadows. Writer, Alan Rodgers, describes the book as follows: Imagine what Tolkien’s Lord of the