Monthly Archives: September 2012
My third column, The Word, is now up at ManArchy. We talk about a fantastic graphic novel, 100 Bullets, spending time at your local library, Aeon Flux, one of the best animated series ever, Ramen Noodles, and remembering to spend time with your daughter. Go check it out.
I have a second column up at ManArchy. This one covers a fantastic collection by Matt Bell, Cataclysm Baby, as well as my thoughts on BBQ, Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, and Wild by Cheryl Strayed. Head on over for more information.
New Storyville column is now up, all about writing narrative hooks. I focus on some of the work of southern gothic author Ron Rash. How do get your audience’s attention with one line? Icebergs and red herrings, what are those? In medias res, have you heard that said before? It’s Latin. And which of these […]
OUT NOW. Table of Contents Unzipped Your Enemies Will Devour You A Bird in the Hand Released Herniated Roots Seeing Red Gateway Say Yes to Pleasure Terrapin Station Daybreak Three Mistakes Descent The Jenny Store Tinkering With the Moon Kiss Off Dyer PRAISE: “Richard Thomas’s stories are filled with a kind of dark magic shot […]
Winner of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Fiction, Little Sinners and Other Stories by Karen Brown is fantastic collection of stories. I’m calling it “suburban noir” because Karen focuses on the dark events that happen in these otherwise idyllic settings. I first heard of Karen when she had a story, “Galatea” in the Best […]
SOON. Table of Contents Unzipped Your Enemies Will Devour You A Bird in the Hand Released Herniated Roots Seeing Red Gateway Say Yes to Pleasure Terrapin Station Daybreak Three Mistakes Descent The Jenny Store Tinkering With the Moon Kiss Off Dyer
My latest Storyville column over at Lit Reactor is all about writing sex scenes! What’s the difference between pornography, erotica and simply a powerful sex scene? What words should you use (and avoid)? How do you create sexual tension? Sex is a part of life, and the power it introduces into every intimate relationship will […]
I’ve been a fan of Paul Tremblay for a couple years now. It started with a story here, a story there, and then I picked up some of his crime/mystery work. But I don’t think I really became a serious fan until I absorbed his powerful writing in the collection, In the Mean Time. It […]