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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

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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.

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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

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