Why I Write Mysteries by Madison Estes

One day, I was out walking my dog around the neighborhood, and a young boy approached me and started talking to me about his family and pets. Once the sun began to set, I told him we should go and asked him if he’d like me to walk him home. He said no, but my…

Long and Short by Jean Roberta

Novelists and short story writers can be classified as different groups, with some overlap. In a workshop on erotic fiction that I ran recently for a local writers’ group, a man complained that he couldn’t find a publisher for his erotic romance novel, which was well over 100,000 words. My advice was to write something…

Genre Specific by Lori M. Myers

I was leading a workshop where my writing background was known by participants beforehand. To wrap up the session, I took questions, and one student asked this:  Isn’t it better to be known for being a horror writer, or a science fiction writer, or a writer of women’s fiction rather than being published in multiple…

Little Red and the Surly Bear: a Not-So-Common Launch Party Post

Hello, lovelies! It’s time to party. Literally. I’m launching a new book, LITTLE RED AND THE SURLY BEAR, and I’m hosting a party with giveaways and all of that fun stuff over on Facebook, Instagram, and twitter. You should come join me! Okay, I’ll try to limit the cheese, but I’m trying something new-ish, and that’s scary, so…

Good Guys and Bad Guys and Why They Look The Same by Lawrence Berry

Transmundane Press believes in evil, it’s the good they’re not sure about. In writing Abra, I couldn’t find a hero. Everyone was as real as breakfast toast and no one was about to win the citizen of the year award from their town. Saints have been in extemely limited supply in my part of the world….

The Tale Writes Itself by Lawrence Berry

One of the things I did for fun in 2018 was put together Monstrous Friends, a series of interviews with well-known horror writers. In pursuing an interview with Stephen Graham Jones on writing and submitting short stories to current markets, he advised throwing out the first four ideas before carefully weighing the originality of ideas…

Darkening Air by DJ Tyrer

It’s in me. I can feel it in me as I drive down the darkening highway. It’s in me – and, it wants to get out. Growling, howling, demanding me to let it free. I can feel the ripple of it beneath my skin. It wants to get out. I wince. My head hurts. My…

Free as the Air by Jean Roberta

Air has always been associated with freedom, but as Janice Joplin sang in the late 1960s, “Freedom’s just another word for nothin’ left to lose.” Road-trip stories about colorful characters traveling from place to place appeal to readers who feel trapped in their jobs and their relationships, burdened by debt and by dependents, whether these…

The Cost of Air by J.S. Rogers

The Deadlands and the rare safe spots dotted across them were an idea that grew in my mind for a long time before I sat down to work on “Waystation VII,” where average people try to make it through a ruined world where travel is restricted  by factors so far beyond the control of most…

IN THE AIR Story Inspirations by Daniel M. Kimmel

After a long career writing non-fiction, journalism, and film criticism (the latter of which I still do), I started to have some luck writing fiction.  One of the mysteries that continues to fascinate me is the spark that inspires the creation of a resulting story.  It can be all sorts of things. In the case…

Examining Space: a Terrifying Beauty by Alisha Costanzo

I have always been fascinated with outer space. The moon. When it’s full and big, I feel like I can just jump up and grab it, like it was meant to be explored for the mere beauty of its existence. The more I learned about space and what we knew, what we didn’t, what might…

A Little Eye-Opening by Stephen Coghlan

Be it action, be it fantasy, be it science fiction. No matter what we write, it always helps to throw in a little research, even if it is just speculatory. Granted, there may be no better place to explore such wonderful guesses as in the world of speculative literature. Speculative is the name of the…