It's pretty obvious to anyone who knows me even a little that this is my favorite time of year. The crumble and crush of brightly colored leaves, the crisp smell of apples in the air, and, of course, Hallowe'en.
Just in time for the spookiest night of the year, here are some stories that will scare the bejeezus out of you. OK, maybe not 666 tales. Maybe just six. But six damn amazing creepy and disturbing stories nonethless.
Years ago I was in a seminar with Steve Almond when he said something that changed the way I look at villains forever.
You've got to love your villains, he told us. You've got to love them just as much, if not more than you love your heroes.
You might be thinking: Come again? Aren't villains the baddies that we're supposed to hate? Aren't they supposed to be unequivocally terrifying?
There’s a lot to say about the place of revision in writing. Or at least I have a lot to say about it (and teach about it). When Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows came out nearly 10 years ago (how can it have been that long?), many folks were displeased or at least dissatisfied with the way JK Rowling chose to end things. Snape’s death, Hermione and Ron’s marriage and children, the Victorian epilogue with its happily-ever-after—hardcore fans who’d been with the series from the beginning started coming up with endings of their own, revising the fates of our ...
I’ve been rereading the Song of Ice and Fire series in the hope that George R.R. Martin will decide to give us more than teasers of the (maybe) forthcoming Winds of Winter. There’s just too much information, too many characters and side-plots for me to keep in my brain and I want to be able to delve into the sixth book without constantly leafing through the other volumes (or worse, Googling) to figure out what crucial thing happened that I just don’t remember.
Many folks ask me why I choose to teach at Grub Street. I could give a million answers, but it all boils down to the people. The writers with whom I work are astoundingly talented, giving human beings who genuinely care about writing, who bring their incredible energy to every project.
Bracken MacLeod is an amazingly talented writer and I knew he would be a star from the moment he stepped into my classroom four years ago