Posts Tagged horror

Rejected Story Ideas

When you claim to be a writer, amongst the many questions you get – normally right after “Do you write all day long?!” – is “Where do you get your ideas from?” I’ve discussed this before, but sometimes a person will then follow this up with, “Do you have any ideas that didn’t work?” Curse […]

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My Favourite Book Scene

Written works – much like movies – are made up of scenes. Some are short, some are long, but it requires all of these scenes put together as a whole to make a full coherent story, and a story that works. In that regard, it is often hard for people to pinpoint a certain scene as […]

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5 Favourite Movie Adaptations of Books / Stories

In general, in my opinion, books are better than movies. There are numerous reasons for this, but the main one is that what I see in my mind’s eye is generally better than what I am presented with on the screen. I guess that the vision of the film-maker is what we’re given, and that […]

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Book Review – ‘Dying To Live’

Another month, another anthology. Dying To Live: Stories of the Undead (Diabolic Publications) is exactly what it says on the box – stories of the undead. The brief when I first saw it was simple – ‘Twilight’ is too pussy, let’s have real vampires. And thus this book came out. And, my God, is it […]

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A Couple Of Reviews (Long Pig, Australian Songs)

First up, a book. Long Pig is the latest Static Movement Press book I appear in, edited wonderfully well by Dorothy Davies. After some books I’ve read lately, it’s good to see an editor who knows her job. Anyway, as the title may give away, this is a book about cannibalism. Man, is it graphic. […]

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An Absolute Shed-Load Of Links

I have been sent so many links and things, that it’s becoming overwhelming. But, needless to say, I have read them all, and so shall share some here. Techniques for Overcoming Writer’s Block by Steve Rossiter (an editor who has taken a punt on me, so I recommend him heartily) gives 3 bits of advice […]

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How different writers look at the same situation.

Something different this time! Your partner breaks up with you, dumping you for a richer, better looking person. So you write about it, as a writer would. But what you write will dictate how you put this down on paper: (a) Poetry – you put all your angst down in a series of lines that just bleed […]

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WRITING HORROR

 Horror is based on one simple thing – fear. These fears can be universal (the most common is the fear of death; the second is the dark), common (spiders, cockroaches, snakes, etc), or personal (a fear of machines taking over the world). Without that sense of fear, horror does not work. Its themes are ones […]

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Some actual writing

Here’s the start of a new story I’m writing. Hope it’ll end up being about 5k words for an anthology of stories set in the 1970s-1980s. Feedback would be greatly appreciated (positive or negative). -1- “That was awesome!” Annabel squealed, clutching Brad’s arm right as they walked along the path away from the large hall. […]

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Novel #30

Back to the novels! As you may or not be aware, I am currently studying professional writing at TAFE (sort of Australia’s version of vocational college). When I finish the course, I’ll write about it, but let’s just say it’s going to add another piece of paper to my resume. Anywho, I have one subject […]

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