Mary Shelley

Mary Shelley, born on this day in 1797, had a life as Gothic as her novels: her mother died when she was less than a month old, she engaged in a romantic relationship with a married man whose wife committed suicide, the death of three children, and her husband's death by drowning, before she died... Continue Reading →

Number Seven

The following story is taken from Basement Tales. See afterword for details on how to order from Amazon, or direct from the author. You can find other free fiction over in the Fiction section of the site including stories from You Could Make a Killing - If you like horror/ dark fantasy go for Basement Tales,... Continue Reading →

5 Great Story Songs

As should be fairly obvious by now I love a good story (and can stomach, even write, a mediocre one.) I also love music - I generally have something playing in the background when I'm writing, driving, cooking, whatever. And sometimes I even listen to that music - I mean properly listen to it. This... Continue Reading →

Writing Resource 2/100: Final Draft – from a beginner…

Now, I fully appreciate that recommending 'Final Draft', which has been around since 1990, to anyone who is remotely interested in writing screenplays is a bit like standing up at Comic Con and announcing you've discovered this cool new book called 'The Watchmen' (and yes, the 'the' is ironic...) However, this series in resources is... Continue Reading →

5 Novellas* to Read Part 3: the books.

* That aren't actually Novellas. So, having defined in overly simplistic terms the novella in part 1, and discussed five books which could, sort of in a general kind of way, be considered to be novellas in part 2, this post blurs the line even further by looking at 5 short novels that all fall... Continue Reading →

5 Novellas to Read Part 2: the books.

So, in an earlier post I wrote about what a Novella was, in broad terms. With those thoughts in mind, here are five great novellas according to that 17.5 to 40k word count definition* . (*Except where one of them isn't...) This list is not obscure at all; the chances are they're all familiar to... Continue Reading →

10 Great Short Stories (Part 2 of 2)

Thanks to everyone for the reads and likes of part 1 of Great Short Stories  As promised, here is part 2. As I said in part 1, these aren't necessarily what I consider to be the best stories of all time, or even the best of the respected authors. They are all stories I think are great... Continue Reading →

Writing Resource 1/100: Adventures In The Screen Trade: A Personal View of Hollywood – William Goldman

This is the first in a series of 100 - in no particular order, and covering books/ web stuff/ software/ hardware/ and anything else that might come to mind which I think are worth looking at if you're a writer/ wannabe writer or just interested in  writing/ movies and pop culture. Not quite an autobiography/... Continue Reading →

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