Welcome to our series of horror subgenres, part two. We’re taking a look at some of the many flavors that encompass our beloved genre of horror. If you missed it, here’s part one Ghost story Ghost stories are my favorite. I mean, my absolute top-tier favorite. It’s not a hard subgenre to define. Any storyContinue reading “Horror subgenres, Part Two”
I once did a series about science fiction subgenres and it was pretty popular. So sometime later I decided to do a series about fantasy subgenres. It was also fun, and also still popular. Now that I’m getting ready to publish my first horror book, it seemed like a great time to dive into oneContinue reading “Horror Subgenres, Part One”
When I think of Wes Craven’s films, I’m struck with a flood of memories. Nightmare on Elm Street is the first horror movie I remember watching, with a babysitter who probably shouldn’t have let me watch it. I was little, curled up on our old couch in our trailer in the dark, eyes big asContinue reading “My horror heroes, Wes Craven”
Can I be honest with you? For someone as devoted to stories as I am, I learned to read very, very late. I was in third grade before I learned. In a year, though, I went from illiterate to college level. The secret? I fell in love with Goosebumps. It turns out all I neededContinue reading “My Horror Heroes, RL Stine”
The end of the world began with a winter storm.
Don’t miss the first episode of this series, about Stephen King. Long-time readers of PBW will know that I am in love with Pittsburgh. I wasn’t born here, but I’ve lived most of my life in Butler, which is close enough to consider Pittsburgh my hometown. So it’s no surprise that I have a little-sister-likeContinue reading “My Horror Heroes, George Romero”
King does not believe, and I do not believe, in writer’s block. If you’re a writer, you write. If you’re not writing, you need to figure out why you’re not.
Let me tell you a story. I used to live in a part of town called The Island. It wasn’t great. It was run down, there was some drug activity. Not a bit of this stopped me and the other kids around there from playing outside, though. We often hung out next to the trainContinue reading “How to write a truly creepy Creepypasta”
Horror and science fiction go together so well that it’s often hard to write one without at least some elements of the other. Unless you’re writing something more akin to dark fantasy, which we talked about last week. Dark Scifi is a fun subgenre, and a popular one, too. I’ve always been a fan. OneContinue reading “Writing Dark Scifi”
Dark fantasy is certainly having a moment. Shows like Witcher and Wheel of Time, both of which I talked about on Haunted MTL, have gotten more fantasy fans interested in the creepier, more sinister side of the genre. And I love it. Not that I don’t enjoy the lighter side of fantasy. I wrote aContinue reading “How to start writing dark fantasy”