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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Monday, November 20, 2006 - 12:14 pm:   

On Writing Horror: A Handbook by the Horror Writers Association


Edited by Mort Castle

Copyright 2006 by HWA
ISBN: 1-5829-7420-9 (Writers Digest Books)
Price: $16.99

Recently updated and revised, available in trade paperback from Writers Digest Books. Click here to order from Amazon.com.

A volume of essays on the craft of horror writing, edited by Mort Castle, with contributions from dozens of well-known HWA members. An invaluable addition to any writer's library.

Contents:

Foreword: The Horror Writers Association: A Shockingly Brief and Informal History of the HWA by Stanley Wiater

Editor's Introduction by Mort Castle

Part One: Horror, Literature, and Horror Literature

* The Madness of Art by Joyce Carol Oates
* Acceptance Speech: The 2003 National Book Award for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters by Stephen King
* Why We Write Horror by Michael McCarty

Part Two: An Education in Horror

* What You Are Meant to Know: 21 Horror Classics by Robert Weinberg
* Avoiding What's Been Done to Death by Ramsey Campbell
* Workshops of Horror (and Seminars and Conferences) by Tom Monteleone
* Degrees of Dread by Michael A. Arnzen

Part Three: Developing Horror Concepts

* A World of Dark and Disturbing Ideas by J.N. Williamson
* Mirror, Mirror by Wayne Allen Sallee
* Going There: Strategies for the Things That Scare You by Michael Marano
* Honest Lies and Darker Truths: History and Horror Fiction by Richard Gilliam

Part Four: Horror Crafting Such Horrible People by Tina Jens

* A Hand on the Shoulder by Joe R. Lansdale
* Eerie Events and Horrible Happenings: Plotting Short Horror Fiction by Nicholas Kaufmann
* Reality and the Waking Nightmare: Setting and Character in Horror Fiction by Mort Castle
“He Said?” She Asked: Some Thoughts About Dialogue by David Morrell
* Keep It Moving, Maniacs: Writing Action Scenes in Horror Fiction by Jay R. Bonansinga
* The Dark Enchantment of Style by Bruce Holland Rogers

Part Five: Horror, Art, Innovation, Excellence

* Innovation in Horror by Jeanne Cavelos
* Depth of Field: Horror and Literary Fiction by Nick Mamatas
* Splat Goes the Hero: Visceral Horror by Jack Ketchum
* Darkness Absolute: The Standards of Excellence in Horror Fiction by Douglas E. Winter
* On Horror: A Conversation With Harlan Ellison and Richard Gilliam

Part Six: Tradition and Modern Times

* No More Silver Mirrors: The Monster in Our Times by Karen E. Taylor
* Fresh Blood From Old Wounds: The Alchemist Meets the Biochemist by Joseph Curtin
* More Simply Human by Tracy Knight
* The Possibility of the Impossible by Tom Piccirilli
* Take a Scalpel to Those Tropes by W.D. Gagliani
* That Spectred Isle: Tradition, Sensibility, and Delivery or Ghosts? What Ghosts? by Steven Savile
* New Horrors: A Roundtable Discussion of Horror Today and Tomorrow by Joe Nassise

Part Seven: Genre and Subgenre

* Archetypes and Fearful Allure: Writing Erotic Horror by Nancy Kilpatrick
* Writing for the New Pulps: Horror Theme Anthologies by John Maclay
* Freaks and Fiddles, Banjos and Beasts: Writing Redneck Horror by Weston Ochse
* Youth Gone Wild by Lee Thomas
* Writing Horror Comic Books And Graphic Novels by David Campiti
* Acts of Madness: Writing Horror for the Stage by Lisa Morton
* Fear Spins Off: The Tie-In Novel Comes Into Its Own by Yvonne Navarro
* The Play's the Thing on the Doorstep: Writing Video and Roleplaying Games by Richard E. Dansky
* Now Fear This: Writing Horror for Audio Theater by Scott Hickey and Robert Madia
* Good Characters and Cool Kills: Writing the Horror Screenplay by Brendan Deneen

Part Eight: Horror Business: Selling, Marketing, Promoting

* Dark Fluidity: Online Research and Marketing Resources by Judi Rohrig
* The Small Press: Filling Shelves with Rare Books by John Everson
* Sharing the Creeps: Marketing Short Horror Fiction, version 2.0 by Edo van Belkom
* For Love or Money: Six Marketing Myths by Bev Vincent
* One Reader at a Tine: Promoting Your Horror Novel by Scott Nicholson

Afterword: Quiet Lies the Locust Tells by Harlan Ellison
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Monday, November 20, 2006 - 12:16 pm:   

It can be purchased at amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Writing-Horror-Handbook-Writers-Association/dp/1582974209/ sr=1-1/qid=1161568465/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/104-5107374-9477519?ie=UTF8&s=books

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