Sunday, January 11, 2015

A Review of Horror 101: The Way Forward

My Review:

If you write horror or have considered writing horror, this book is a must have.

This isn't a  just a "write like this and sell your story" advice book but a book full of knowledge and experience from seasoned pros. It's full of behind the scenes info only an experienced horror author would know.

Tips, tricks and new points of view will help you explore ways of writing horror, while essays and anecdotes about rejection and perserverance will let you know that even the best in the business have dealt with their share of rejection and frustration.

It also dives into the business of being an author- agents, editing, formatting, proofreading, self-publishing, joining a horror writers association, networking, conventions and more.

Literally everything you need to get started or to advance as a horror writer.

And the basic information can be used for any genre.

Excellent, I can't recommend this book enough.

Horror is something I've been wanting to dip my toes into for awhile. I write on the fluffier side with paranormal romance and urban fantasy along with paranormal erotica. I've had a few stories cross over the the horrotica category...but straight up's been on my writing to-do list. And this book just gave me the nudge I needed to get started.

Horror 101: The Way Forward

Print Length: 472 pages

Publisher: Crystal Lake Publishing 
April 27, 2014


Horror 101: The Way Forward – a comprehensive overview of the Horror fiction genre and career opportunities available to established and aspiring authors. 

Have you ever wanted to be a horror writer? Perhaps you have already realized that dream and you’re looking to expand your repertoire. Writing comic books sounds nice, right? Or how about screenplays? 

That’s what Horror 101: The Way Forward is all about. It’s not your average On Writing guide that covers active vs. passive and other writing tips, Horror 101 focuses on the career of a horror writer. It covers not only insights into the horror genre, but the people who successfully make a living from it. 

Covering aspects such as movies, comics, short stories, ghost-writing, audiobooks, editing, publishing, self-publishing, blogging, writer’s block, YA horror, reviewing, dark poetry, networking, collaborations, eBooks, podcasts, conventions, series, formatting, web serials, artwork, social media, agents, and career advice from seasoned professionals and up-and-coming talents, Horror 101 is just what you need to kick your career into high gear. 

Horror 101: The Way Forward is not your average On Writing guide, as it is more focused on the career options available to authors. But don’t fret, this book is loaded with career tips and behind-the-scene stories on how your favourite authors broke into their respective fields. 

Horror 101: The Way Forward is perfect for people who: 
are suffering from writer’s block 
are starting their writing careers 
are looking to expand their writing repertoire 
are planning on infiltrating a different field in horror writing 
are looking to pay more bills with their art 
are trying to further their careers 
are trying to establish a name brand 
are looking to get published 
are planning on self-publishing 
want to learn more about the pros in the horror genre 
are looking for motivation and/or inspiration 
love the horror genre 
are not sure where to take their writing careers 

Includes articles by Jack Ketchum, Graham Masterton, Edward Lee, Lucy A. Snyder, Emma Audsley, RJ Cavender, Scott Nicholson, Weston Ochse, Taylor Grant, Paul Kane, Lisa Morton, Shane McKenzie, Dean M. Drinkel, Simon Marshall-Jones, Robert W. Walker, Don D’Auria and Glenn Rolfe, Harry Shannon, Chet Williamson, Lawrence Santoro, Thomas Smith, Blaze McRob, Rocky Wood, Ellen Datlow, Iain Rob Wright, Kenneth W. Cain, Daniel I. Russell, Michael McCarty, Richard Thomas, Joan De La Haye, Michael Wilson, Francois Bloemhof, C.E.L. Welsh, Jasper Bark, Niall Parkinson, Armand Rosamilia, Tonia Brown, Ramsey Campbell, Tim Waggoner, Gary McMahon, V.H. Leslie, Eric S Brown, William Meikle, John Kenny, Gary Fry, Diane Parkin, Jim Mcleod, Siobhan McKinney, Rick Carufel, Ben Eads, Theresa Derwin, Rena Mason, Steve Rasnic Tem, Michael A. Arnzen, Joe Mynhardt, John Palisano, Mark West, Steven Savile, and a writer so famous he’s required to stay anonymous. 

The TOC includes:
Foreword by Mort Castle
Making Contact by Jack Ketchum
What is Horror by Graham Masterton
Bitten by the Horror Bug by Edward Lee
Reader Beware by Siobhan McKinney
Balancing Art and Commerce by Taylor Grant
Writing About Films and for Film by Paul Kane
Screamplays! Writing the Horror Film by Lisa Morton
From Prose to Scripts by Shane McKenzie
Screenplay Writing: The First Cut is the Deepest by Dean M. Drinkel
Publishing by Simon Marshall-Jones
Weighing Up Traditional Publishing & EBook Publishing by Robert W. Walker
Glenn Rolfe Toes the Line with Samhain Horror Head Honcho, Don D’Auria by Glenn Rolfe
Bringing the Zombie to Life by Harry Shannon
Audiobooks: Your Words to Their Ears by Chet Williamson
Writing Aloud by Lawrence Santoro
Ghostwriting: You Can’t Write It If You Can’t Hear It by Thomas Smith
Ghostwriting by Blaze McRob
The Horror Writers Association - the Genre's Essential Ingredient by Rocky Wood
What a Short Story Editor Does by Ellen Datlow
Self-Publishing: Making Your Own Dreams by Iain Rob Wright
Self-Publishing: Thumb on the Button by Kenneth W. Cain
What’s the Matter with Splatter? by Daniel I. Russell
Partners in the Fantastic: The Pros and Cons of Collaborations by Michael McCarty
The Journey of “Rudy Jenkins Buries His Fears” by Richard Thomas
Writing Short Fiction by Joan De La Haye
A beginner’s guide to setting up and running a website by Michael Wilson
Poetry And Horror by Blaze McRob
Horror for Kids: not Child’s Play by Francois Bloemhof
So you want to write comic books… by C.E.L. Welsh
Horror Comics – How to Write Gory Scripts for Gruesome Artists by Jasper Bark
Some thoughts on my meandering within the world of dark and horror art by Niall Parkinson
Writing The Series by Armand Rosamilia
Running a Webserial by Tonia Brown
Reviewing by Jim Mcleod
Avoiding What’s Been Done to Death by Ramsey Campbell
The 7 Signs that make Agents and Editors say, "Yes!" by Anonymous
The (extremely) Short Guide to Writing Horror by Tim Waggoner
Growing Ideas by Gary McMahon
Filthy Habits – Writing and Routine by Jasper Bark
A Room of One’s Own – The Lonely Path of a Writer by V.H. Leslie
Do You Need an Agent? by Eric S Brown
Ten Short Story Endings to Avoid by William Meikle
Submitting Your Work Part 2: Read the F*****g Guidelines! by John Kenny
Rejection Letters – How to Write and Respond to Them by Jasper Bark
Editing and Proofreading by Diane Parkin
On Formatting: A Concise Guide to the Most Frequently Encountered issues by Rick Carufel
How to Dismember Your Darlings – Editing Your Own Work by Jasper Bark
From Reader to Writer: Finding Inspiration by Emma Audsley
Writing Exercises by Ben Eads
The Year After Publication... by Rena Mason
Writing Horror: 12 Tips on Making a Career of It by Steve Rasnic Tem
The Five Laws of Arnzen by Michael A. Arnzen
The Cheesy Trunk of Terror by Scott Nicholson
How to be Your Own Agent, Whether You Have One or Not by Joe Mynhardt
Networking at Conventions by Lucy A. Snyder
Pitch to Impress: How to Stand Out from the Convention Crowd by RJ Cavender
You Better (Net)Work by Tim Waggoner
Vaginas in Horror by Theresa Derwin
Friendship, Writing, and the Internet by Weston Ochse
Buttoning Up Before Dinner by Gary Fry
How to fail as an artist in ten easy steps by John Palisano
Writer’s Block by Mark West
Be the Writer You Want to Be by Steven Savile

The special paperback edition also includes:
* Going Underground by Adam Nevill
* What are You Reading by Kevin Lucia
* I Want to be A Small Press Publisher Too by    
   Charles Day

The articles by Jack Ketchum, Harry Shannon and Glenn Rolfe are only available in the eBook edition, but you can receive a free copy of the eBook with a paperback purchase.

Cover art by Ben Baldwin
Edited by Joe Mynhardt and Emma Audsley
eBook formatting by Robert Swartwood


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