How Agustina Bazterrica’s Tender Is the Flesh Warps Your Brain with Language

Agustina Bazterrica’s acclaimed dystopian novel masterfully uses the artificially neutral language of fascism to immerse the reader in the same moral dilemma as its characters. […]

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October 24, 2022 Books

The Horror of Nostalgia: Chasing Ghosts in The Hollow Kind

The Hollow Kind author Andy Davidson on childhood, forgetting and remembering, and the subtle, melancholy horror of nostalgia. […]

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October 13, 2022 Books

Reclaiming the “F” Word: Why We Need Fat Positivity in Horror

Nico Bell and Sonora Taylor, editors of Diet Riot: A Fatterpunk Anthology, lay out why we need better fat representation in horror, and how to do it right. […]

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June 23, 2022 Books, On Screen

The HOWL Society and the New Way to Publish an Anthology

The founder of the HOWL Society and editor of Howls From the Dark Ages talks about creating an anthology out of a community of horror enthusiasts. […]

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May 25, 2022 Books

A Practitioner’s Guide to Writing Historical Horror 

The Fervor author Alma Katsu on what writers need to consider when writing historical horror, from alternate outcomes to audience expectations. […]

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April 25, 2022 Books

A Genre for the Individual: Bethany Clift on Accidentally Writing a Horror Novel

Last One at the Party author Bethany Clift explores the indefinability of horror, her own formative experiences with fear, & realizing she’d written a horror novel. […]

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October 21, 2021 Books

Frankenstein’s Manuscript, or: How to Write Satisfying Crossover Horror

The Death of Jane Lawrence author Caitlin Starling offers writing tips for creating crossover horror that respects both genres. […]

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October 6, 2021 Books

The Same Old Fears: Crafting a Horror Short Story Collection

Aliya Whiteley writes about the tricky process of choosing and compiling short stories for her new collection, From the Neck Up. […]

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September 16, 2021 Books

Alone in the Garden of Good and Evil: Daryl Gregory on the Southern Gothic

Revelator author Daryl Gregory investigates why Southern gothic horror is such an interesting proving ground for humanity. […]

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September 8, 2021 Books

Paul Tremblay on Putting Story First, Writing Atmosphere, and His New Novel

Survivor Song author Paul Tremblay talks about his relationship to horror, his least favorite horror subgenre, and his new book in this exclusive interview. […]

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June 14, 2021 Books

Angela Carter’s ‘The Lady of the House of Love’ is the Vampire Story to End All Vampire Stories

How Angela Carter captured the entirety of vampire fiction and the violent clash of antiquity and modernity in a single short story. […]

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May 24, 2021 Books

V. Castro on the Vision, Voice, and Authenticity of Chicana Horror

V. Castro, author of Queen of the Cicadas and Goddess of Filth, talks about her Chicana heritage, pride, and the power of owning your own experiences. […]

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May 19, 2021 Books

The Science of Women in Horror Brilliantly Dissects Horror Movie Tropes and Traditions

From final girls to femme fatales, The Science of Women in Horror is a great dissection of tropes and traditions in horror movies. […]

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February 23, 2021 Books, On Screen

The Heartbeat of Horror: Interviewing Cassandra Khaw

Cassandra Khaw, author of Nothing But Blackened Teeth and The All-Consuming World, talks about their horror influences, writing style, and new projects. […]

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February 22, 2021 Books

Does She Make You Scream? Introducing the Murder Babe, the Final Girl’s Opposite Number

We all know about horror’s Final Girl, but where’s the love for the Murder Babe? From Buffy Summers to Akasha to Ginger Fitzgerald, here are our favorites. […]

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February 19, 2021 On Screen

On Being the Other in an Outsider Genre: Interviewing Chesya Burke

This Women in Horror Month, we spoke to horror author and academic Chesya Burke talks Black horror, Octavia Butler, and writing rituals. […]

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February 8, 2021 Books

Ania Ahlborn Would Like You to Ouija Responsibly

For Women in Horror Month, we talked to Ania Ahlborn, author of If You See Her and more, about teaching, inspiration, typewriters, and Ouija boards. […]

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February 3, 2021 Books

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

Color in Horror: The Grim Rainbow of American Gothic Fiction

How does a non-visual form of storytelling make a visual phenomenon both vibrant and disturbing? Chelsea Davis explores the use of color in horror fiction in this essay series. […]

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January 26, 2021 Books, On Screen

Humanity, Desire, and Unease in the Work of Junji Ito

Gabino Iglesias delves into the work of master horror illustrator Junji Ito, and what it is about his work that leaves such a lasting impact on readers. […]

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November 13, 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

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

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

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