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Edited by Mort Castle

Copyright 2006 by HWA
ISBN: 1-5829-7420-9 (Writers Digest Books)
Price: $16.99

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A volume of essays on the craft of horror writing, edited by Mort Castle, with contributions from dozens of well-known HWA members. An invaluable addition to any writer’s library.


Foreword: The Horror Writers Association: A Shockingly Brief and Informal History of the HWA by Stanley Wiater

Editor’s Introduction by Mort Castle

Part One: Horror, Literature, and Horror Literature

  • The Madness of Art by Joyce Carol Oates
  • Acceptance Speech: The 2003 National Book Award for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters by Stephen King
  • Why We Write Horror by Michael McCarty

Part Two: An Education in Horror

  • What You Are Meant to Know: 21 Horror Classics by Robert Weinberg
  • Avoiding What’s Been Done to Death by Ramsey Campbell
  • Workshops of Horror (and Seminars and Conferences) by Tom Monteleone
  • Degrees of Dread by Michael A. Arnzen

Part Three: Developing Horror Concepts

  • A World of Dark and Disturbing Ideas by J.N. Williamson
  • Mirror, Mirror by Wayne Allen Sallee
  • Going There: Strategies for the Things That Scare You by Michael Marano
  • Honest Lies and Darker Truths: History and Horror Fiction by Richard Gilliam

Part Four: Horror Crafting

  • Such Horrible People by Tina Jens
  • A Hand on the Shoulder by Joe R. Lansdale
  • Eerie Events and Horrible Happenings: Plotting Short Horror Fiction by Nicholas Kaufmann
  • Reality and the Waking Nightmare: Setting and Character in Horror Fiction by Mort Castle
    “He Said?” She Asked: Some Thoughts About Dialogue by David Morrell
  • Keep It Moving, Maniacs: Writing Action Scenes in Horror Fiction by Jay R. Bonansinga
  • The Dark Enchantment of Style by Bruce Holland Rogers

Part Five: Horror, Art, Innovation, Excellence

  • Innovation in Horror by Jeanne Cavelos
  • Depth of Field: Horror and Literary Fiction by Nick Mamatas
  • Splat Goes the Hero: Visceral Horror by Jack Ketchum
  • Darkness Absolute: The Standards of Excellence in Horror Fiction by Douglas E. Winter
  • On Horror: A Conversation With Harlan Ellison and Richard Gilliam

Part Six: Tradition and Modern Times

  • No More Silver Mirrors: The Monster in Our Times by Karen E. Taylor
  • Fresh Blood From Old Wounds: The Alchemist Meets the Biochemist by Joseph Curtin
  • More Simply Human by Tracy Knight
  • The Possibility of the Impossible by Tom Piccirilli
  • Take a Scalpel to Those Tropes by W.D. Gagliani
  • That Spectred Isle: Tradition, Sensibility, and Delivery or Ghosts? What Ghosts? by Steven Savile
  • New Horrors: A Roundtable Discussion of Horror Today and Tomorrow by Joe Nassise

Part Seven: Genre and Subgenre

  • Archetypes and Fearful Allure: Writing Erotic Horror by Nancy Kilpatrick
  • Writing for the New Pulps: Horror Theme Anthologies by John Maclay
  • Freaks and Fiddles, Banjos and Beasts: Writing Redneck Horror by Weston Ochse
  • Youth Gone Wild by Lee Thomas
  • Writing Horror Comic Books And Graphic Novels by David Campiti
  • Acts of Madness: Writing Horror for the Stage by Lisa Morton
  • Fear Spins Off: The Tie-In Novel Comes Into Its Own by Yvonne Navarro
  • The Play’s the Thing on the Doorstep: Writing Video and Roleplaying Games by Richard E. Dansky
  • Now Fear This: Writing Horror for Audio Theater by Scott Hickey and Robert Madia
  • Good Characters and Cool Kills: Writing the Horror Screenplay by Brendan Deneen

Part Eight: Horror Business: Selling, Marketing, Promoting

  • Dark Fluidity: Online Research and Marketing Resources by Judi Rohrig
  • The Small Press: Filling Shelves with Rare Books by John Everson
  • Sharing the Creeps: Marketing Short Horror Fiction, version 2.0 by Edo van Belkom
  • For Love or Money: Six Marketing Myths by Bev Vincent
  • One Reader at a Tine: Promoting Your Horror Novel by Scott Nicholson

Afterword: Quiet Lies the Locust Tells by Harlan Ellison

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