Category: literature

Women in Horror Month

Enter, you. You’re a writer. You’re a horror writer. You’re a woman.

A Walking Study in Demonology

As someone who is writing her own female villain, I would like to suggest a few of the noteworthy “bad girls” that came before her and helped to inspire her – female villains that are authentically scary, violent, and arguably evil.

“bad houses hate our warmth and our human-ness”

Title quote from one of my favorite monologues on haunted houses, in Rose Red (which itself is heavily inspired by The Haunting of Hill House).  The speaker is, of course, a ghost who embodies the “bad house” in question. The Paris Review has a great essay… Continue Reading ““bad houses hate our warmth and our human-ness””

“Do you still think such-and-such? Do you still believe so-and-so?”

Philip Roth provides a shrewd class in Literary Analysis 101 – a class that a lot of people (readers and writers) apparently didn’t take.  Particularly relevant for people who write about fictional politics and politicians, I might add. Whoever looks for the writer’s thinking in the… Continue Reading ““Do you still think such-and-such? Do you still believe so-and-so?””

“There is nothi…

“There is nothing in ‘The God of Small Things’ that is at odds with what I went on to write politically over 15 years. It’s instinctive territory.” Arundhati Roy, on being a political writer of fiction and non-fiction

birds of a feather

Stumbled upon this neat little interview between two of my favorite film-makers, Joel and Ethan Coen, and my favorite writer, Cormac McCarthy.  No idea McCarthy isn’t a fan of magical realism because “it’s hard enough to get people to believe what you’re telling them… Continue Reading “birds of a feather”


Dawid Michalczyk: “One Afternoon” I just had to say that Asimov’s has the best definition of spec fiction I have ever seen: “A good overview would be to consider that all fiction is written to examine or illuminate some aspect of human existence, but… Continue Reading “definitions”