Popular Fiction

The 10 Best Places to Find Quality Short Fiction

While many sources have been heralding the decline of literary reading and short stories as a medium, the strange truth is that there have never been …

Lifestyle (Canada)

Flash Fiction Challenge: This Time, I Pick The Lyric

Okay, last week, you got to pick a song lyric you really liked, and you wrote a story based on that bit of song poetry. Right? Right.<p>Cool.<p>This week, …

Authors

Staff Picks: Vengeance, Evil, and Grace

As often happens when watching a perfect movie, by the time the first shot bloomed across the screen, I nearly forgot I had a body. I would have forgotten entirely except that <i>Phantom Thread</i> made my heart pound and my palms sweat. Friends, this is not a thriller, though it was thrilling. Paul Thomas …

Books

10 Short, Scary Stories You Can Finish In A Single Sitting — If You're Brave Enough

Short, scary reads are deceptive. Sure, you can read through them in just one sitting. Yes, most of these stories and novellas can be finished in …

Literature

Narcissist or Voyeur: On Ann Quin’s “The Unmapped Country”

IN 1968, J. G. Ballard announced a competition to find the best fiction or poetry written under the influence of drugs, with a prize of £40 and …

Books

Nobel Laureate keen to meet old classmate from Tiruchi

“Memories, even your most precious ones, fade surprisingly quickly. But I don’t go along with that. The memories I value most, I don’t ever see them …

Literature

The 100 Most Important Pop Culture Moments of the Last 10 Years: #41-60

As part of our 10th anniversary, io9 is examining all the things that have had the most impact on pop culture since the site went online back on …

Geek

Which “Keep Out” Flash Fiction Story Gets Your Vote?

It’s that time again…time to choose your favorite flash fiction story of the week! It’s all up to you now – only one can win Flash Fiction Readers’ …

Flash Fiction

Pulp Hero vs. Cosmic Horrors

<i>In this</i> <i>bi-weekly series</i> <i>reviewing classic science fiction and fantasy books, Alan Brown looks at the front lines and frontiers of the field; books</i> …

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In remembrance of Sue Grafton, who created memorable detective Kinsey Millhone, and left a remarkable literary legacy

"My name is Kinsey Millhone. I'm a private investigator, licensed by the state of California. I'm thirty-two years old, twice divorced, no kids. The …

Entertainment

Unnatural Disasters | Chris R. Morgan

In encountering a work by Anna Kavan, the first thing that needs to be understood is that Anna Kavan is difficult. Kavan lived a difficult life, and …

Books

The free-wheeling life and wild, weird fiction of the cult 1960s author Ann Quin

In her writing, as in her life, Quin was drawn to experiences of difference, extremity and disorientation.<p>Ann Quin was of a rare breed in British …

Books

The Lester Dent Pulp Fiction Writing Model

Fiction Writing Models of Lester Dent and Nelson S. Bond<p><i>(Note: I’ve had to refer to this multiple times, and am usually sending people off my site to</i> …

Writing

Author denies plagiarism in story modelled on Mavis Gallant tale

Sadia Shepard has been accused of making excessive use of the late author’s work in Foreign-Returned, but insists her reworking honours Gallant’s legacy<p>The author Sadia Shepard has defended herself in against a claim from author and professor Francine Prose that her short story Foreign-Returned …

Canadian Literature

Redux: Henry Miller, Ottessa Moshfegh, Denise Levertov

Every week, the editors of The Paris Review lift the paywall on a selection of interviews, stories, poems, and more from the magazine’s archive. You can have these unlocked pieces delivered straight to your inbox every Sunday by signing up for the Redux newsletter.<p>This week, we bring you Henry …

Interactive Fiction

Thinking Weirdly with China Miéville

<i>No matter how commodified and domesticated the fantastic in its various forms might be, we need fantasy to think the world, and to change it.</i><p><i>— China</i> …

Books

Plots, Personal Inspiration, & Popular Fiction Writing Part III

Part III – Making Popular Fiction<p>Book: “Writing Popular Fiction” by Dean Koontz (no digital version, hardback out of print)<p>Koontz starts out by …

Psychology

How Indie Genre Fiction Ebooks Are Thriving Online

In the indie ebook world, the genre is king.<p>According to a 2017 Author Earnings report, over 70% of all genre fiction consumer purchases — the “overwhelming majority” — are now in ebook format. Of these ebooks, most independently published ones have a larger market share than traditionally …

Publishing

8 New Speculative Fiction Books for Your Wish List

It's just two weeks into the new year, and my reading list is already overflowing. As you know, I enjoy books from many genres, but I will always …

Books

Repositories of Memory: On the Country House Novel

Writers Tessa Hadley and Lucy Hughes-Hallett have known each other for years, but agree that this is the longest and most enjoyable conversation …

George Eliot

How to get a book publishing deal

The most common question I get asked is how to sign a book publishing deal with a publisher. I’m talking about a good publisher, too, not one of …

Publishing

The Gamble written by Arthur Unk at Spillwords.com

• Rate this flash fiction<p>User Rating 0 (0 votes)<p>Sending<p>Add to favorites<p><b>The Gamble</b><p>written by: Arthur Unk<p>@ArthurUnkTweets<p>"The air is crisp today," he …

H.P. Lovecraft

'Continental Op': Entertaining intro to Dashiell Hammett's beginnings - and the origins of hard-boiled crime fiction

<b>The Big Book of the Continental Op</b><br>By Dashiell Hammett<br>Edited by Richard Layman and Julie M. Rivett<br>Vintage. 752 pp. $25<p>Reviewed by John Timpane<p>If you …

Literature

Denis Johnson Left Us With One Final — and Terrific — Book

How many readers of Denis Johnson’s <i>Jesus’ Son</i> have wondered what happens to Fuckhead when he grows up? Johnson’s 1991 masterpiece — a lean and …

Jonathan Franzen

White Knight: Anna Kavan’s Ice

Anna Kavan’s <i>Ice</i> is off like a shot from the first sentence, “I was lost, it was already dusk, I had been driving for hours and was practically out of …

Books

10 Outstanding Short Stories to Read in 2018

<i>For years, the #longreads hashtag on Twitter has been filled with great story recommendations from people around the world. Pravesh Bhardwaj is a</i> …

Long-form Journalism

Hot Sex With Sea Monsters: A Comparative Study

In the fall of 2017, somewhat improbably (so on brand for 2017), we were treated to two (2) much-lauded, darkly comic works of art in which a South …

Guillermo del Toro

The Fact, Fiction And Finesse Of Morgan Ashcom

Conversations with Morgan Ashcom flit thoughtfully from the writing of William Faulkner to 3D printing, concepts of time and the VHS skate recordings …

Interactive Fiction

David Gates on Unsympathetic Characters

<i>Garver, the protagonist of your new story, “Texas,” is an artist whose wife has left him, who is estranged from two of his three children (and not especially close to the third), who drinks too much, and is cynical at every turn. Do you think of him as a sympathetic character?</i><p>Well, he’s no one …

Culture

The Acceptance of Certain Mysteries: Peter Taylor’s “Complete Stories”

PETER TAYLOR’S SHORT FICTION radiates confidentiality. In the work assembled in Library of America’s two-volume <i>Complete Stories</i> (<i>1938–1959</i> and</i> …

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