What’s The Difference Between a Hotel and a Motel?

Here's Max Booth III's Isaac, the main character in the book The Nightly Disease, to tell us. "This is my take on it. Hotels are the kind of places you don’t mind bringing your family to—you can expect good service, a nice breakfast. Motels, on the other hand, are where people take cheap dates for … Continue reading What’s The Difference Between a Hotel and a Motel?

Coming in Eight Days…

Check. This. Out. Garden of Fiends is an anthology of addiction-themed horror stories from some of the genre's best and most promising writers (only slightly marred by including a story of mine). It's out in ten days but there's a discount offer available for pre-orders (or so the publisher tells me). Authors in the anthology … Continue reading Coming in Eight Days…

Authors to Read (Part I)

Laird Barron recommends books. And when Laird recs books, you best listen.

Here are a few books published by small and independent presses that deserve the time and attention of weird fiction/horror fans.

A Collapse of Horses Brian Evenson  (great American horror surrealist)

Furnace Livia Llewellyn (sex, lies, and body horror)

At Fear’s Altar Richard Gavin (master occultist)

Ghost Summer Tananarive Due (unsung master fabulist)

Skein and Bone V.H. Leslie (successor of Shirley Jackson and Angela Carter)

Knock, Knock S.P. Miskowski (contemporary gothic storyteller)

Behold the Void Philip Fracassi (from the lineage of McCammon and Matheson)

Behold the Void by [Fracassi, Philip]The Lure of Devouring Light Michael Griffin (ice cold and cerebral horrorist)

Jagannath Karin Tidbeck (weird fiction done with elegance)

Will the Sun Ever Come Out Again? Nate Southard (blue collar, hard bitten)

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I’m Teaching a New Online Creative Writing Class, 16 Weeks Long, About Contemporary Dark Fiction

This sounds like an excellent class to take.

- What Does Not Kill Me -

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Hello everyone! I’m going to teach a new creative writing class online called Contemporary Dark Fiction. It’ll be SIXTEEN WEEKS long (I know!) essentially the same length as your average semester. It’ll be a mixture of weekly Skype calls (with guest authors dropping in to talk about their work), creative writing exercises based on my long-running Storyville column, short story analysis (paired with the lectures), novel discussion (four books in total) and monthly writing deadlines (a 4,000-word story per month) with criticism from myself and your peers. This is the class I’ve always wanted to teach, taking the best aspects of the classes that I’VE TAKEN, as well as my MFA, and focusing on books that I love (and think are important) as well as stories I’ve curated. We’ll also have an online forum (location TBD) where we will discuss various aspects of the lectures, stories, and novels in greater…

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4 Reasons To Get Your Kids to Play Dungeons and Dragons

Remember when people said Dungeons & Dragons were a gateway drug into satanism and juvenile delinquency? Well, they were half-right; D&D is a gateway drug. Only, it's a gateway drug into things all parents should wish for their kids. I present; four things Dungeons and Dragons can give a child. 1. A life-long love of books Oh … Continue reading 4 Reasons To Get Your Kids to Play Dungeons and Dragons

5 Tips to Help You Write 50,000 Words in November

I’m thinking about doing NaNoWriMo this year.

Here are 5 tips from Freedom to help me complete the task.

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5-tips-to-help-you-write-50000-words-in-november-3Writing 50,000 words in 30 days can seem like herculean feat only to be accomplished by the most prolific of scribes. However, it’s a feat that over 400,000 people attempt every November during National Novel Writing Month, also known as NaNoWriMo.  

There is no denying that it is a lofty goal, but it’s not impossible. How can we be sure? Well, for one we have entire Freedom community that never ceases to inspire us with their creations – whether that be novels, films, scripts, dissertations, symphonies, start-ups, or
dinner. We believe in human’s singular ability to create against all odds.

So as we gear up for the month of November, here are a few tips we’ve gathered to ensure that your NaNoWriMo experience is a true success.

  1. Get Started. “A journey of a thousands miles must begin with a single step” – Laozi
    • The hardest part of NaNoWriMo, much…

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Uhh… yeah, you want these books.

World Fantasy Award nominees Aickman’s Heirs and Skein and Bone are on sale over at Undertow Books. I tend to buy collections based on maybe one or two stories or authors. The quality of these books, by that standard, is just amazing.   Aickman’s Heirs, edited by Simon Strantzas  Winner of the Shirley Jackson Award. Finalist for the … Continue reading Uhh… yeah, you want these books.