Becoming the Wolf: Rose Szabo on Monsters, Queerness, and Euphemism

What Big Teeth author Rose Szabo writes about getting comfortable with ambiguity when it comes to horror, and when it comes to queerness. […]

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February 2, 2021 Books

When a Period is More Than Punctuation: Menstruation in Horror Fiction

The Unsuitable author Molly Pohlig examines menstruation as a turning point in her own novel, as well as Stephen King’s Carrie & Katherine Dunn’s Geek Love. […]

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October 30, 2020 Books

Gabino Iglesias on the Three Books That Made Him a Horror Fan

As part of our Come Join Us By The Fire author essay series, “The Song of the Lady Rose” author Gabino Iglesias writes about Lovecraft, Laymon, and Quiroga. […]

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October 30, 2020 Books

Camilla Grudova on the Monstrousness of the Midcentury Woman

As part of our Come Join Us By The Fire author essay series, “Ghost Bread” author Camilla Grudova writes about the tragic fates of women in midcentury horror movies. […]

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October 30, 2020 Books, On Screen

Damien Angelica Walters on Growing Up on Horror

As part of our Come Join Us By The Fire author essay series, “Tooth, Tongue, and Claw” author Damien Angelica Walters writes about the horror books and movies of her childhood. […]

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October 29, 2020 Books, On Screen

Matthew Lyons on How Evil Dead 2 Changed His Life

As part of our Come Join Us By The Fire author essay series, “Blood Daughter” author Matthew Lyons writes about Evil Dead 2 opened his eyes to horror. […]

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October 28, 2020 Books, On Screen

Nibedita Sen on the Art of Restraint

As part of our Come Join Us By The Fire author essay series, “Pigeons” author Nibedita Sen writes about how horror can hinge on knowing when to hold back. […]

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October 28, 2020 Books, On Screen

Sunny Moraine on the Faces of a Catastrophe

As part of our Come Join Us By The Fire author essay series, “If Living is Seeing, I’m Closing My Eyes” author Sunny Moraine writes about the paradox of human contact. […]

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October 27, 2020 Books

Clay McLeod Chapman on the Horrors of Parenthood

As part of our Come Join Us By The Fire author essay series, “The Fireplace” author Clay McLeod Chapman writes about raising two young children as a horror author. […]

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October 26, 2020 Books

Brian Evenson on Drawing Fiction from a Stone

As part of our Come Join Us By The Fire author essay series, “The Cabin” author Brian Evenson writes about how a mysterious archeological find evolved into a short story. […]

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October 22, 2020 Books

Shaun Hamill on Finding Your Past in Your Fiction

As part of our Come Join Us By The Fire author series, “Music of the Abyss” author Shaun Hamill writes a requiem for a Walkman and explains how he found himself in his fiction. […]

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October 22, 2020 Books

Indrapramit Das on the Monstrousness of the Real

As part of our Come Join Us By The Fire author series, “You Will Survive This Night” author Indrapramit Das writes about the horror intrinsic to all art. […]

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October 21, 2020 Books

Cassandra Khaw on Grief, Horror, and Pain

As part of our Come Join Us By The Fire author series, “Some Breakable Things” author Cassandra Khaw writes about grieving her father through fiction. […]

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October 21, 2020 Books

Craig Laurance Gidney on Loving a Haunted City

As part of our Come Join Us By The Fire author essay series, “Spyder Threads” author Craig Laurance Gidney writes the Black, queer, haunted Washington, DC, he knows. […]

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October 20, 2020 Books

Seanan McGuire on the Unsung Heyday of Horror TV

As part of our Come Join Us By The Fire author essay series, “Emergency Landing” author Seanan McGuire writes about small scares and the heyday of 1980s TV horror. […]

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October 20, 2020 Books, On Screen

A Dark Mirror: How Horror and Crime Fiction Help Us Examine Ourselves

Author Gabino Iglesias argues that horror and crime fiction are uniquely suited to help us examine the thornier, darker sides of contemporary culture. […]

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October 19, 2020 Books

‘Pemi Aguda on How Language Horrifies

As part of our Come Join Us By The Fire author essay series, “Things Boys Do” author ‘Pemi Aguda writes about how horror works on the sentence level. […]

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October 19, 2020 Books

Jessica Guess on Inherited Fear, Obeah, and Unforeseen Consequences

As part of our Come Join Us By The Fire author essay series, “Mama Tulu” author Jessica Guess writes about family influence, curses, and anger. […]

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October 16, 2020 Books

Laird Barron on Influence, Inspiration, and What Goes Bump in the Night

As part of our Come Join Us By The Fire author essay series, “Jōren Falls” author Laird Barron writes about the thorny issue of influence and inspiration. […]

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October 15, 2020 Books

Sarah Langan on Imagining Horror as the World Burns

As part of our Come Join Us By The Fire author essay series, “The Changeling” author Sarah Langan writes about her lifelong love of horror & the real horrors of 2020. […]

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October 14, 2020 Books

T. Kingfisher on How the Short Story Sausage Gets Made

As part of our Come Join Us By The Fire author essay series, “Origin Story” author T. Kingfisher writes about how the horror sausage gets made. […]

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October 13, 2020 Books

Shaun Hamill’s Introduction to Dark Wonder: A Syllabus

Shaun Hamill’s guiding concept as a writer is “Dark Wonder” – here are five short stories, novellas, and movies to get you started in this niche genre. […]

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October 8, 2020 Books, On Screen

Laugh ‘Til You Scream: David Quantick on Comedy and Horror

Night Train author and comedy television writer David Quantick argues that horror and comedy are two sides of the same bloody, laughing coin. […]

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October 5, 2020 Books

It’s Just The Cat: Molly Tanzer On Skeptics and Believers

Molly Tanzer writes about the tropes of the skeptic and the believer in horror fiction and in her new novel, Creatures of Charm and Hunger. […]

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April 23, 2020 Books

Enduring Horror: Tim Lebbon on Writing Your Passions

Tim Lebbon writes about how his passion for endurance running and environmentalism factored into his new eco-horror novel, Eden. […]

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April 14, 2020 Books

What Writing Horror Can Teach All Writers

Most people think about fear and monsters when horror fiction comes up. Mention horror and you’ll conjure images of haunted houses, creepy woods covered in fog, and blood stains in […]

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March 27, 2020 Books

9 Female Horror Authors You Should Read This Women in Horror Month

Gwendolyn Kiste, author of The Rust Maidens, on nine truly terrifying women authors you should be reading during Women in Horror Month – and all year round. […]

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February 7, 2020 Books

The Kids Are Not All Right: Brian Evenson on Making Monstrous Children

Author Brian Evenson lists ten of the creepiest children in horror, from Shirley Jackson and Stephen King to Josh Malerman and Zoje Stage. […]

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January 15, 2020 Books