Jen Black

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'X-Files' Writer On How To Tell A Great Horror Story

<i>The following is an excerpt written by former X-Files writer Sara B. Cooper from Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror: Speculative Genre Exercises from Today's Best Writers and Teachers [Tarcher, $15.95]:</i><p>In 2007, Eduardo B. Andrade and Joel B. Cohen published a paper called “On the …

Mind

The Gorgeous History Of Tattoos, From 1900 To Present

Your barista loves them. Your parents hate them. They immortalize your mantras, memories, loved ones and drunken bad decisions in wild shapes and colors. Tattoos are more popular than ever, but the tradition of body art extends far beyond the borough of Brooklyn.<p>A gorgeous book from Taschen, …

JK Rowling reveals Quidditch history as reward for backing Scotland rugby team

Harry Potter author offers details of Quidditch rulebook and history to her Twitter followers and website visitors<p>Wizardly support may not have clinched the Six Nations for Scotland – they are the team of choice for magical folk, according to JK Rowling – but the Harry Potter author has nonetheless …

The Alphabet Library: D is for The Devil's Children by Peter Dickinson

In association with AbeBooks.co.uk, Tim Martin continues his series on the A to Z of forgotten books. This week, he recalls the The Devil's Children, the first in a sinister trilogy by a master of children's writing<p>Something has gone very wrong in the England of Peter Dickinson’s Changes Trilogy, a …

Books

10 Toxic Relationships in Teen TV and YA Books

Wood nymph hippie goddess in human form Shailene Woodley is making the press rounds for the imminent release of her potential blockbuster, <i>Divergent</i>, …

TV

Author Penelope Lively Shares 'The View From Old Age'

Penelope Lively describes her latest book, <i>Dancing Fish And Ammonites</i>, as "not quite a memoir," but rather "the view from old age," a subject she says she can report on with some authority — Monday is the British writer's 81st birthday.<p>Lively was born in Egypt, where her father was working at the …

Lynne Truss taunts the spoiler police

In her weekly column, Lynne Truss wonders whether we have a divine right to be shielded from how a story ends<p>There is a new tyranny governing our everyday conversations, and I think it is time to lay down some rules. Take the following examples.<p>A woman is on holiday on a Greek island, reading A …

Clint Eastwood

Shirley Jackson’s ‘The Sundial’ as True American Gothic

When we think about terror, and when we think about the things that scare us the most, getting stuck in a house with our relatives for the rest of …

Books

This Stunning Home Is Exactly Why You Should Paint Your Apartment Black (PHOTOS)

If you consider yourself one of those people who wouldn't be caught dead using dark, moody paints, this apartment is ready to change your mind. From its luxurious accents and impressive artwork collection to its bookcased walls and urban modern lighting, one thing is absolutely certain -- black …

Interior Design

British editor will no longer review children's books marketed toward one gender

Walking into a children's clothing store these days is an experience sure to depress any feminist. Apparently, modern girls can only wear pink, purple and orange whereas today's boys will go naked before they don anything that doesn't feature camouflage patterns or sports logos.<p>A trip to a big …

Publishing

We cast The Goldfinch movie so Hollywood doesn't have to. http://www.themillions.com/2014/03/we-cast-the-goldfinch-movie-so-hollywood-doesnt-have-to.html

The Quarry by Iain Banks review – a rant against the dying of the light

For all its dark resonances and the sadness behind the circumstances of its composition, there is something so damned likable about Banks's last book<p>Shortly before he completed the first draft of this novel, Iain Banks discovered that he had cancer; with horrible irony, the central character is …

Rogues: Scott Lynch Reads From His Short Story Contribution - Unbound Worlds

<b>Rogues</b> edited by George R. R. Martin & Gardner Dozois will publish on June 17, 2014!<p>For those of you who don’t know, it is a short story anthology …