Building Horror early - This Story needs Fixing

I’m writing a horror short story with a fantasy background. It has a problem. Here are the opening two paragraphs:

Fair proud a lad I was, and bold, so when the healer sent me to look for the royal’s berry, “Crimson the fruit, and set upon a throne of three leaves, no more and […]

Meeting the Protagonist — This Story needs Fixing

It’s time to fix a story. Let’s look at this introductory chunk of a short story I wrote recently about a small man named Keg. […]

Writing a Short Horror Story

Unamed

Walk through your mind after dark, and find something to frighten your readers with. Some elements of writing an excellent horror story. […]

Paint a Scene for your Reader

The author guides you through making a dull expository scene more engaging and interesting merely by killing a nice young man. […]

Flowers of Fate

The boy ran up the lane, his thoughts filled with a sweet tension. What would she say? How did she feel about him? Did she know he loved her? His heart beat faster, and his hands were hot. The wind whipped around him, trees sighing like his heart as the leaves moved against each […]

La Pâtisserie

The scent of cinnamon and honey rolled in the breeze, and I followed the trail down the cobbled road. The pastry shop was small and old, but was well-kept and clean. As I entered, a small bell on the door chimed.

An old woman was rolling dough out on a stone slab, and I […]

Gone Before

The sun glinted off a small object, tumbling slowly end over end. Maxwell breathed slowly, smoothly, and pushed away from the airlock with his legs. He saw in his rear view video feed the ship receding quickly. A moment watching this, and Maxwell whispered, “Select Ranged Target 122798, cross-hair image superimpose, forward feed.” Now […]

On Alien Biology and 'Hard Sci-Fi'

Monster credit Piolinfax – Image on Wikimedia Commons

I’m building a new species of monster. That means I’m making up stuff again. The squishy sort of stuff, things an autopsy, a scanning electron microscope, centrifuges, and spectrometers might be involved with if these monsters were real-world organisms.

Building a monster requires some science. It’s […]

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Blood and Guts and Brains

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Writing about those who stand in defense of their country is a challenge. If you’re close to your subject, if you’ve lived it, then you may have trouble stepping back to gain perspective. If you have never served, then you have to gain currency with terminology, basic tactical concepts, and may never […]