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Write what you know. Whether you write fiction, poetry, or non-fiction, you’ve probably followed this common piece of advice by drawing from your interests, knowledge, and experiences. It also likely influenced your choice of subject matter, how you create characters, and how you build an emotional connection with your readers…

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TW: Murder, domestic abuse, child abuse, substance abuse, violence, trauma, bullying

While searching for recent horror releases, I was excited to grab a copy of The Book of Accidents. I hadn’t read Chuck Wendig’s work before, but I found his writing and storytelling impressive and compelling. In the author’s notes…

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Most writers I’ve met dream about becoming published authors. I was no exception. In 2014, I submitted my first short story to a Writer’s Digest contest. Instead of winning (or even placing), I received my first of many rejections. For the next four years, I kept submitting short stories to…

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I love Halloween and it’s a fitting time to pick up some spooky books. While you can often find lists of recommendations, they’re mostly comprised of general horror fiction. As for finding ones about the holiday itself, that’s another challenge. …

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As a 90s kid, Alvin Schwartz’s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark series is a nostalgic piece of my childhood. It brings back memories of the Scholastic book catalogs and elementary school Halloween parties. It was also one of my first introductions to the horror genre.

I remember classmates…

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When the spooky season descends every autumn, it’s fitting to cozy up with horror books. However, finding fiction about Halloween itself is its own challenge. While there are more short story collections and anthologies available, novella or novel-length stories about the holiday are few and far between. Given the niche…

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Halloween is fast approaching. Aside from decorating and watching horror movies, one of my favorite ways to celebrate is to read Halloween books, in particular short fiction. These shorter tales are fitting for Halloween in that they evoke the classic tradition of telling scary stories around a fire.

Given the…

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