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Horror 101: The Way Forward by [Tem, Steve Rasnic, Masterton, Graham, Lee, Edward, Ketchum, Jack, Shannon, Harry, Datlow, Ellen, Wright, Iain Rob, Campbell, Ramsey, Michael A. Arnzen, Paul Kane]
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"Horror 101: The Way Forward - is sharp, savvy and packed with crucial information for anyone who wants to take a real bite out of the horror genre. Two taloned thumbs up!" - Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of CODE ZERO and V-WARS.
 
Horror 101: The Way Forward will become a bible for any wordsmith trying to break into the world of horror. But don't let the genre fool you! Yes, this book is ultimately marketed towards horror writers, but every writer should get their hands on it." - Tentacle Books

"The individual essays are so varied and entertaining that you'll read this for fun as well as for personal advancement... It should be required reading for all..." - The British Fantasy Society
 
"... it will open your eyes to many possibilities for developing your craft and building your career as a professional horror writer." Nick Daws

About the Author

Ramsey Campbell has won more awards than any other living author of horror or dark fantasy, including four World Fantasy Awards, nine British Fantasy Awards, three Bram Stoker Awards, and two International Horror Guild Awards. Critically acclaimed both in the US and in England, Campbell is widely regarded as one of the genre's literary lights for both his short fiction and his novels. His classic novels, such as The Face that Must Die, The Doll Who Ate His Mother, and The Influence, set new standards for horror as literature. His collection, Scared Stiff, virtually established the subgenre of erotic horror.

Ramsey Campbell's works have been published in French, German, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, and several other languages. He has been President of the British Fantasy Society and has edited critically acclaimed anthologies, including Fine Frights. Campbell's best known works in the US are Obsession, Incarnate, Midnight Sun, and Nazareth Hill.

Adam L. G. Nevill was born in Birmingham, England, in 1969, and grew up in England and New Zealand. A graduate of the University of St Andrews Masters programme, he is the author of "The Ritual "and "Banquet for the Damned", an original novel of supernatural horror inspired by M. R. James and the great tradition of the British weird tale. In his working life he has endured a variety of occupations, including from 2000 to 2004 both nightwatchman and day porter in the exclusive apartment buildings of west London.

Graham Masterton, a master of modern horror (Library Journal), is one of the world s best-selling horror writers. A journalist by trade, Masterton s debut novel, The Manitou, was an instant hit and was filmed with Tony Curtis and Susan Strasberg.

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  • File Size: 7089 KB
  • Print Length: 470 pages
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  • Publisher: Crystal Lake Publishing (April 27, 2014)
  • Publication Date: April 27, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JZJQUYW
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The world of publishing is more than a little bewildering these days, with new options for publishing and a greater need than ever for writers to know how to market their work and promote themselves. Although this book is a mixed bag, the info that is helpful in this volume far outweighs the fluff, and is worth much more than the price of the book. If you're just starting out as a writer you NEED to read this book. If you're a pro with sales under your belt or are self-publishing your work, you'll find resources in here to increase your sales and fan base. There's great practical advice on the act of writing, being a writer (acting professionally), how and where to promote yourself, etc. from writers of books and movies, from veterans and fairly new success stories, from reviewers and editors. No matter what level you're on as a writer, you'll learn something worth learning.
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As another wannabe horror writer who always appreciates advice from the pros, Crystal Lake Publishing's Horror 101:The Way Forward was hard to resist. Joe Mynhardt has collected a slew of invaluable advice from some of the biggest names in horror as well as some of the new blood that is surely on their way to becoming well respected horror authors.

I am old enough to be of the classic On Writing Horror school, so much of the advice in here is simply hammered home again, but with updated views and fresh voices. Jack Ketchum, Graham Masterson, and Edward Lee begin the parade of great advice with their own beliefs on the horror genre. Ramsey Campbell gives some great advice on avoiding whats been done before, Steve Rasnic Tem gives a dozen solid tips on making a career, and Rocky Wood invites us to the Horror Writers Association. These well respected, and well known authors give solid advice that is fresh to hear again in their respective voices.

Writing has changed so much since the above mentioned classic that there needed to be something new to answer questions by writers, like me, who are realizing how vital the digital age is to a successful writing career. I am one of those writers who has no problem getting through a draft or two, but I get to the editing part and... oh look a butterfly is dancing around the garden outside my window... I can address my problems as a writer, but I am still fairly new to Facebook and the digital age. After years of telling myself how ridiculous Facebook and Twitter is, I have come to realize how vital it can be if used correctly.
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Unlike many books that tell you how to write, how to get famous writing, or how to make the book you've written a bestseller, Horror 101 takes a look at the business of horror lit, and may even help you find your place within it. This is a strong collection of essays by writers that horror fans have surely read, and some they may not have. They offer advice and stories from their own experience on a diverse range of topics related to working in horror fiction. These include ways to brand yourself and develop a following, and also include novel-adjacent topics like editing, short stories, screenwriting, graphic novels, and more. Some of the stuff was not specific to my situation, but was still enjoyable to read thanks to the wit and enthusiasm of the contributors. I got this one for only 99 cents, which is a steal. Anyone who is, or wants to be working with horror lit should pick it up.
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Got the kindle edition (.99 cents, how can this be a waste?) and immediately loved it. The essays are well put together and address a wide range of issues that plague writers as a whole. Definitely worth the cost and more, so be sure to grab this copy when you get the chance.
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In the realm of American literature, the horror genre has traditionally had a second place ranking, so I was pleased to see Horror 101: The Way Forward, because it’s an ambitious attempt to direct horror writers to focus on and develop high standards for storytelling. This is a 400-page journey about horror writing, horror writers, and the business of horror genre. I especially like how Graham Masterton advises writers to “be there” on the page and “take your characters by the hand so that you can physically feel them.” I wished he wrote more on character building. Ramsey Campbell’s “Avoiding What’s Been Done to Death” is a chapter every new writer needs to read. His point about how he avoids “plotting or constructing too far ahead” in his novels honors the creative process: he says “let the novel develop itself as it takes on more life.” If you know Campbell’s work, you can appreciate this chestnut of wisdom. Richard Thomas gives us a peek into the life of one of his rejected short stories (“Rudy Jenkins”) and, wow, was I impressed—proving that talent requires not only believing in your craft but also persistence. Larry Santoro’s “Writing Aloud” is a refreshing chapter on how a writer can explore written sounds, the music of the story, and "hear" the story as the reader would (don’t miss his paragraph on “triangulation” of the senses). I do have to take issue (forgive me) with Jim McLeod’s “Reviewing,” where he says “reviewers that will take payment for writing a review are not reviewers, they are scum and do more damage than good.” This is not a fair assessment. Free book reviewers aren’t any less biased or free of scum just because they write book reviews for free. Book reviewing is a messy business and there are scum on both sides.Read more ›
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