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PLAY!

When I was in seventh grade and extremely into Legos I made a starship—really just the floorplan—and populated it with a crew of the newly-released mini figures. I then devised a monster with a tail that ended in the twirling … Continue reading

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MOSTLY WEAKNESS, JUST A LITTLE STRENGTH

In one of the written lectures for my Advanced Horror Workshop, which, yes, starts up this week—thanks for asking!—I get into the idea of starting with characters not necessarily defined by, but with some weakness, some thing that prevents them … Continue reading

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FANTASY WORLDBUILDING, MONEY, MONSTERS, AND FOOD

Recently I’ve been sort of absentmindedly thinking about a Dungeons & Dragons world—and not for the first time, either. I have notebooks full of D&D worlds, a few of which even saw some play time. But what inspired this post … Continue reading

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OUT OF THE LONG AGO: EXPLORING WEIRD TALES Vol. 5, No. 1—PART 14

Back to my ongoing series of posts where I’ve been reading a single issue of Weird Tales from 1925. If you want to read along in order you can go back to the beginning and start here. This week we’ll … Continue reading

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A LOOK AT THE HORROR WRITING INTENSIVE

It’s no accident that Stephen King is one of the world’s best-selling authors. He knows what scares us—and it isn’t just kids and clowns—and he knows how to use words to invoke that fear in the same way a horror … Continue reading

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ON THE ACCIDENTAL GENIUS OF ETERNAL PESSIMIST H.P. LOVECRAFT

“Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family,” first published in The Wolverine in 1921, is a story often held up as an example of Lovecraft’s overt racism since it plays on the “terror” of racial or genetic impurity—a horror … Continue reading

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WORLDBUILDING SESSION FOUR: GEOGRAPHY

This week, how about a preview of the revised fourth session of my online course Worldbuilding in Fantasy and Science Fiction Writing, which starts up again day after tomorrow…   I might go so far as to say that fantasy … Continue reading

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