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The Negative Ending: Thoughts on the Defining Point of Horror Fiction

What is the horror genre known for? Tropes like: Good guys don’t always win. In fact they rarely do more than survive. Survival/Escape is enough. Someone dies, or goes mad. The monster is still out there. A truth discovered is too dark/horrible to accept. In fictional terms, what are all…

The Mangled Corpses of 5 English Words – What Killed Them, and Why

I think a lot about words. What word fits here? Is this word better than that one? Hmm, what’s a new way to describe bodily dismemberment… We have so many wonderful words in English. Many other languages do too (Latin, French, German, Japanese, and so on). Tolkien believed language itself…

The Magical Story of Where Characters Come From

Something I’m certain you didn’t know…characters take work to develop. Obviously you want to develop the MAIN character, and the villain/villains. Readers want depth, lifelike depiction, conflict you can sink your teeth into! (Sorry, Stymph joke. Wait, not sorry.) When you’re dealing with dozens of characters per book though? All…

Fictional Characters Can Transcend Mind-Space! (Or, Progress on My Second “Stymph Sequence” Novel)

My first meta-fictional character has arrived! What is that? I’ll explain. Have a look at this cover: This is “The Richest Man in Babylon.” One of, if not THE greatest work on finance ever written. Its central character is a man named Arkad, the eponymous ‘Richest Man’ in ancient Babylon.…