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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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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

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Richard Burton and the Writing Process

I’m in the middle of a really challenging project. One day, I’m full of beans, the next I’m in despair. But over the years my creative routine has become very familiar and comforting to me. And one of the things I do a lot more frequently when I’m in the throes of a project is read.

November 1, 2012 | Katrin Schumann

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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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Some folks are petrified of admitting that they love writing about monsters. Especially literary writers (and yes, literary is a genre like any other, be it thriller or romance). As a teacher of creative writing, I find that some of my students (even in horror and dark fiction courses!) hide their love for the creepy, murderous, and undead from spouses, friends, and more “literarily minded” writers like it’s a dirty little secret

October 18, 2012 | KL Pereira

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Lessons David Sedaris Taught Me

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I have a 60-minute commute to and from work every day, and after hearing the latest Taylor Swift song for the fifth time in one morning, I decided that I should use my daily two-hours of car time for more productive purposes.

That afternoon, I dusted off my library card, scanned the audio-book shelves, and left with a stack of books-on-CD—four of them being David Sedaris compilations.

October 17, 2012 | Nadine Kenney Johnstone

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