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Writing in the Dark Writing in the Dark

In this comprehensive textbook devoted to the craft of writing horror fiction, award-winning author Tim Waggoner draws on thirty years' experience as a writer and teacher. Writing in the Dark offers advice, guidance, and insights on how to compose horror stories and novels that are original, frightening, entertaining, and well-written.

Waggoner covers a wide range of topics, among them why horror matters, building viable monsters, generating ideas and plotlines, how to stylize narratives in compelling ways, the physiology of fear, the art of suspense, avoiding clichés, marketing your horror writing, and much more. Each chapter includes tips from some of the best horror professionals working today, such as Joe Hill, Ellen Datlow, Joe R. Lansdale, Maurice Broaddus, Yvette Tan, Thomas Ligotti, Jonathan Maberry, Edward Lee, and John Shirley. There are also appendices with critical reflections, pointers on the writing process, ideas for characters and story arcs, and material for further research.

Writing in the Dark derives from Waggoner's longtime blog of the same name. Suitable for classroom use, intensive study, and bedside reading, this essential manual will appeal to new authors at the beginning of their career as well as veterans of the horror genre who want to brush up on their technique.

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"I was part of one of Tim's writing workshops more years ago than I care to acknowledge. Soon after completing it, I began to sell professionally. Coincidence? I think not!" —Dave Creek, author of 40 science fiction and mystery short stories and 14 books

"I still refer to handwritten notes I scribbled down as fast as I could during one of Tim's horror-writing classes. Absolutely incisive insights and practical know-how." --Tom Leveen, Bram Stoker finalist and author of Hellworld
"As soon as I heard Waggoner was creating a book on writing craft, I knew I was buying it. His insights are gold." —Jay Wilburn, author of the Maidens of Zombie Kingdom trilogy

"For some years now, Tim Waggoner's Writing in the Dark has been my go-to blog for sensible, actionable, sustainable tips for writers. Scarily good advice." —Lee Murray, author of The Path of Ra series

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Night Terrors


  REISSUE OF NIGHT TERRORS

Meet Detective Audra and her partner Mr. Jinx, the clown who haunted her childhood dreams. Together they are working to protect the real world from Maelstrom, the world of dreams, but then things start to go sideways and they find themselves in disgrace.

It doesn’t take long for Audra and Jinx to realize that there is something sinister afoot, more dreams are escaping to the real world than ever before and it’s up to them to save both worlds before it’s too late.

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Some Kind of Monster


  SOME KIND OF MONSTER

Throughout her life, Angie has lost loved ones to stupid, meaningless deaths. As an adult she beings researching urban legends, hoping to find proof that something exists beyond our mundane world. Is there magic? Is there existence beyond this life? Is there any kind of meaning to it all — even if that meaning is a dark one? In the end, Angie will get her answer, and she'll learn that reality isn't just darker than she thinks: It's some kind of monster.

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The Art of Writing Genre Fiction


  THE ART OF WRITING GENRE FICTION

With Michael Knost

A collection of writing articles by Bram Stoker Award-Winners Michael Knost and Tim Waggoner. Each piece offers sage advice for writers working in any genre. Topics covered include Decreasing the Learning Curve, Showing and Telling, Writing Fiction for Anthologies, Writing with an Emotional Core, Creating Great Characters, Working with Agents, Networking, and many more!

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The Forever House


  THE FOREVER HOUSE

In Rockridge, Ohio, a sinister family moves into a sleepy cul de sac. The Eldreds feed on the negative emotions of humans, creating nightmarish realms within their house to entrap their prey. Neighbors are lured into the Eldreds’ home and faced with challenges designed to heighten their darkest emotions so their inhuman captors can feed and feed well. If the humans are to have any hope of survival, they’ll have to learn to overcome their prejudices and resentments toward one another and work together. But which will prove more deadly in the end, the Eldred . . . or each other?

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They Kill


  ALIEN: PROTOTYPE

When an industrial spy steals a Xenomorph egg, former Colonial Marine Zula Hendricks must prevent an alien from killing everyone on an isolated colony planet.

Tamar Prather is a spy for Venture, a company in direct competition with the Weyland-Yutani Corporation. When Prather steals a Xenomorph egg from a Weyland-Yutani vessel, she takes it to the Venture proto-colony on Jericho 3. Though unaware of the danger the egg poses, the scientists there realize how important it is to their rivals, and seek to use it to gain an edge over the competition. Zula Hendricks - former Colonial Marine and teammate to Amanda Ripley - learns about the stolen egg and infiltrates Venture as a member of their security team. But Zula is a member of the underground resistance that opposes Weyland-Yutani, and is eager to stay under their radar. When Venture resorts to a human test subject, allowing him to be impregnated by the Alien, Zula and scientist Dan McClaren must stop the resulting Xenomorph before it can escape and kill every human being on Jericho 3.

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They Kill


  They Kill

What are you willing to do, what are you willing to become, to save someone you love?

Sierra Sowell’s dead brother Jeffrey is resurrected by a mysterious man known only as Corliss. Corliss also transforms four people in Sierra’s life into inhuman monsters determined to kill her. Sierra and Jeffrey’s boyfriend Marc work to discover the reason for her brother’s return to life while struggling to survive attacks by this monstrous quartet.

Corliss gives Sierra a chance to make Jeffrey’s resurrection permanent – if she makes a dreadful bargain. Can she do what it will take to save her brother, no matter how much blood is shed along the way?

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Children of Anubis


  Supernatural: Children of Anubis

Sam and Dean travel to Indiana, to investigate a murder that could be the work of a werewolf. But they soon discover that werewolves aren't the only things going bump in the night. The town is also home to a pack of jakkals who worship the god Anubis: carrion-eating scavengers who hate werewolves. With the help of Garth, the Winchester brothers must stop the werewolf-jakkal turf war before it engulfs the town - and before the god Anubis is awakened....

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Blood Island


  BLOOD ISLAND

The Mass, an island-sized creature formed entirely of mutated blood cells, has drifted across the world’s oceans for millions of years. It uses sharks – the most efficient predators the planet has ever produced – as extensions of itself to gather food. For the most part, the Mass and its Hunters have avoided contact with the human race, but now it’s entered the waters off Bridgewater, Texas, where a film crew is busy shooting a low-budget horror film called Devourer of the Deep. The Mass is about to discover something called human imagination, and the humans are about to learn that battling a monster in real life is a little harder than fighting one on screen.

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