Slaying Genre: Stranger Fiction

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Last month I took a hiatus from Slaying Genre to work with the amazing teen writers in Grub Street's YAWP Fellowship (for those you not yet in the know, YAWP stands for "Young Adult Writing Program").  These YAWPers kicked both genre and literary ass during the fellowship, churning out spooky tales, futuristic fables, and all manner of amazing writing

August 15, 2013 | KL Pereira

Success Stories

Slaying Genre: Speculative Poetry

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Poetry isn’t a matter of language, it’s a matter of space westerns and sea monsters.*

OK, so maybe I’ve bastardized the above quote a bit*, but for good reason. There’s been a dearth of posts on poetry in this column and, of course, since genre poetry often gets short shrift, I’m hoping to shake up your world (or, ahem, worlds for the intergalactic among us) and introduce you to something brand new and decidedly kick-ass.

June 20, 2013 | KL Pereira

Craft Advice

Slaying Genre: Do You Believe In Magic?

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I’ve been rereading two of my very favorite books: Coraline by Neil Gaiman and We Have Always Lived In The Castle by Shirley Jackson. Why? I could bore you with woeful tales of needing a book to obsess me and not finding it lately (suggestions welcomed!) but really, it all comes down to magic. Both of these novels, though extremely different, are swimming in magic—so much so that I can read them dozens of times and still remain captivated by the energies swirling around and in them.

May 16, 2013 | KL Pereira

Books & Reading Inspiration

Slaying Genre: Micro-Review of Staten Island Noir

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It’s not enough for noir to be dark. It’s got to be bad-ass. Its words, its decaying and horrible beauty have got to hit you like a spiked heel dragged from your guts to your gullet. It’s got to twist the hot knife of passion in that soft space right below your belly while pumping bullets into your heart.

It’s got to make you bleed.

Akashic Books’ latest in their noir series, Staten Island Noir features some dusky and drop-dead gorgeous gems (emphasis on the dead) that do just that.

April 18, 2013 | KL Pereira

Books & Reading Inspiration

Slaying Genre: Cut to the Bone

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There is no other way to say this: writing emotionally devastating scenes is freaking hard. Especially when you’re dealing with the horror of post-apocalyptic worlds, the havoc wreaked by monsters, or even the evil-doing of the amoral but very human antagonist. You’ve got to be willing to wade through the flesh and the blood, to cut right down to the bone, in order to catalyze our deepest fears and emotions.

March 21, 2013 | KL Pereira

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