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BOOKS FOR FANTASY AUTHORS XXI: MY TEN FAVORITE HORROR NOVELS

From time to time I’ll recommend—not review, mind you, but recommend, and yes, there is a difference—books that I think fantasy authors should have on their shelves. Some may be new and still in print, some may be difficult to … Continue reading

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AN EVIL EMPIRE, BENT ON SELF-DESTRUCTION (BUT WHY?)

Though I tend to shy away from a direct examination of current politics, let’s dip our toes in another troubling month in this country and take a look at present day America as a worldbuilding exercise. This could be considered … Continue reading

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LEST WE FORGET THE ART

I’ve been writing a lot lately about what we can learn from the old pulp magazines, about grabbing your readers in the first paragraph, and lots of stuff about action and adopting an active writing style. And now I’ve started … Continue reading

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WHAT PULP CAN TEACH US

I know I’ve been talking about pulp a lot lately, but bear with me. I’m in the middle of teaching a two-session Pulp Fiction Workshop, with the second session coming this Saturday. Students have been sending me their stories and … Continue reading

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SCIENCE FICTION CAN BE FUN AGAIN

But that’ll be up to us. I tend to read both science fiction and fantasy from the opposite ends of the spectrum. I love new, avant garde, experimental (whatever you want to call it) literary SF and fantasy by the … Continue reading

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BUY MY E-BOOKS, PLEASE

Tuesday again, so soon? What to write for this week’s Fantasy Author’s Handbook post? Ideas abound, but this morning I thought, hey, maybe it’s time for a little shameless self-promotion. And it might just kill two birds with one stone. … Continue reading

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NIRVANA GATES AND MY TENDENCY TO AVOID GROUPS

What could these two things possibly have in common? A couple weeks ago, in my class at Bellevue College, we were discussing how characters interact with the world they live in, and we went through an exercise inspired by the … Continue reading

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FALL INTO THE FATHOMLESS ABYSS

It’s up! There’s nothing more satisfying than having a book out there for sale. It’s done. It’s out there. And I’m happy with it. That last bit? That’s the hard part. I’ve written here about some of the trouble this … Continue reading

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DEVILS OF THE ENDLESS WRITING PROCESS

If you’ve been following Fantasy Author’s Handbook for the past few months, you’ve heard me talk about my love/hate relationship with my current work-in-progress, the Fathomless Abyss novella Devils of the Endless Deep. I started with a report on my … Continue reading

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EXCERPTS FROM THE FATHOMLESS ABYSS

THIS JUST IN: Tales From The Fathomless Abyss is on sale NOW for the Nook! THIS JUST IN: Tales From The Fathomless Abyss is on sale NOW for the Kindle! Just this morning I posted Tales From The Fathomless Abyss … Continue reading

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