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Slaying Genre: Notoriously Noir

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Bonnie Tyler likes to sing about needing a hero, but me, I need a big bad, a notorious nasty, a femme fatale. Someone who treads on the dark side and isn’t ashamed to admit it.

I’ve never been one to root for the good guy; I’d rather cheer someone who’s had to wrestle some serious demons (and has perhaps become one). This is why I love noir: there’s always someone sinister (or at the very least, vengeful) afoot.

February 21, 2013 | KL Pereira

Books & Reading The Writing Life

Light Your Fire With Fiction

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By KL Pereira

I am lighting myself on fire. Why? Because my mother told me to. Told is perhaps inaccurate. She incited, yes, and at times cajoled. When that didn’t achieve the desired result, finally, she begged.

I have always had a fear of fire. Especially my own fire.

“Don’t walk through your fears, run through them,” she yelled. “RUN!”

My mother (who I mostly call Mamacita) is a huge proponent living dangerously, of what she calls “living as if you are dying.”

January 29, 2013 | KL Pereira

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Slaying Genre: A Monthly Column on Horror, Noir, Fantasy & the Other Red-Headed Step-Children of the Literary World

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Bodice Slashers: The Intersections of Horror and Romance. A good title, no? It’s what I’m calling my imaginary anthology of essays (forthcoming from An Excellent Press). Edited by me, Carol Clover, and the ladies from Smart Bitches, Trashy Books (because, hey, this is my fantasy), this antho will discuss what titillates and terrifies us, and how together, they make for a whole new genre of amazing tales that will literally shock readers into admitting to and reveling in the freaky, the romantic, and the dark.

January 17, 2013 | KL Pereira

Books & Reading Craft Advice Different ways to learn to be a better writer Inspiration The Writing Life

Slaying Genre: The Power of the Pen Name

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By KL Pereira

I love pseudonyms. I have my own, of course. A name that I write and publish under with gobs of pride. And though pseudonyms are extremely common, other writers often ask me why I chose to use a pen name.

I firmly believe that pseudonyms are magic names, incantations, if you will, that are the keys to unlocking some of the deepest words in our souls. In the short story, “The Rule of Names” (and later in her Earthsea books), Ursula K

December 20, 2012 | KL Pereira

Craft Advice Different ways to learn to be a better writer Inspiration

Slaying Genre: A Monthly Column on Horror, Noir, Fantasy & the Other Red-Headed Step-Children of the Literary World

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I love the above cartoon. It so perfectly illustrates a brilliant response to the anxiety that many writers feel about genre fiction.

For some writers, trafficking in noir, horror, science-fiction, or romance is much like watching America’s Next Top Model while eating a whole bag of Oreos in one go: they enjoy the hell out of it but are afraid to admit their “shameful” proclivities to their peers. They’d much rather say they spent the night watching Nova and snacking on carrot sticks.

November 15, 2012 | KL Pereira

Books & Reading Craft Advice Different ways to learn to be a better writer