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“Meeting writers is usually disappointing, at best. Writers who write sexy thrillers aren’t necessarily sexy or thrilling in person. Children’s book writers might look more like accountants, or axe murderers for that matter. Horror writers are very rarely scary looking, although they are frequently good cooks.”

— Kelly Link, “Magic for Beginners”

UPDATE The Horror, the Horror IV: Writing Horror Fiction with Substance


There are ONLY FOUR SEATS LEFT for this amazing LitReactor online class, which benefits the Shirley Jackson Awards! Join me and my fellow instructors for a four-week journey into what makes good, substantive horror fiction. You’ll learn about structure and pace, building suspense, the intersection of character and plot, and the art of subtlety.

Once again, there are ONLY FOUR SEATS LEFT, so sign up today!

The Horror, the Horror IV: Writing Horror Fiction with Substance


Remember that LitReactor class I mentioned a while back that I said I’d be teaching with Helen Marshall, Jordan Hamessley, and Simon Strantzas? Well, here’s the information I promised! It’s a four-week course on writing horror fiction, with each instructor taking one of the weeks. It breaks down like this:

Week One: Helen Marshall
Landing The Gut Punch: Structure, Pace, and Poe’s “Unity of Effect”

Week Two: Jordan Hamessley
Creating Page-turning Fiction from an Editor’s Perspective; When to Build Suspense and When to go for the Big Scare

Week Three: Nicholas Kaufmann
Shambling Toward the Finish Line: Letting Your Characters Help You Plot Your Story or Novel

Week Four: Simon Strantzas
Reading Between the Lines: The Subtle Art of Subtlety

You won’t want to miss out on this amazing opportunity to study the craft with four of “today’s leading horror experts.” The class will top out at just 15 students, so enroll soon. The funds go to support the Shirley Jackson Awards. Check out the LitReactor site for more info.

Breaking News

This June, I’m going to be teaching a horror-writing Lit Reactor class with Simon Strantzas, Helen Marshall, and Jordan Hamessley to benefit the Shirley Jackson Awards! Stay tuned for more info!