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Stories that awaken memories stored in the body

In her essay “Horror Lives in the Body” (Electric Lit, Oct. 10, 2018), Megan Pillow Davis identifies similarities between horror films and camp more generally. Both are “highly stylized and highly artificial. Horror consistently sports a veneer of low light and screeching violins. It’s populated by…

What are your character’s ‘criteria of belief’ toward other characters?

“What is so scary about not being believed? Is it the humiliation? The degradation? Having to confront all the things wrong with you that make you unbelievable?” Wendy Heard poses these questions rhetorically in her CrimeReads essay “On Mental Health, Disbelief, and the Psychological Thriller.” “Yes”…

Why hurry? (On umbrellas, trains, and the rest of it)

Note: There are many quotations in this article. If you seek the sources, scroll to the bottom, under the photograph of the spider in the cactus. What is wrong with hurrying? It’s counterproductive to the task at hand Hurrying doesn’t always make things happen…

‘Painting Dragons’ is now in paperback!

Painting Dragons was released last month for Kindle. Now, you can also get it in paperback. This groundbreaking new work is about gender stereotypes in fiction. I hope you’ll take a look and recommend it to someone who might be interested.

Reflections: Skull Photo

I am pleased with today’s photo of an empty tattoo studio in Bogotá, Colombia. A painter has left an easel with a canvas showing severed heart valves growing from the top of a pink skull. The skull appears to be held up by a…

A flower with legs

Photos of a small yellow spider in an alcaparro tree. Bogotá, Colombia. The bud has legs? Yes. The tree is alive in multiple ways.

Your Audience: ‘Market’ or ‘Gremlin’?

Writers are often advised to identify their audience. What does that mean, though? Suppose I’m writing a grocery shopping list because my roommate is going to the store for me. My “audience” ought to be my roommate. He shares much of my background knowledge…

Writing the negative space

When we set out to draw an object, we usually imagine the object in the foreground of the picture, draw its outline, and fill it in. This is a representation of “positive space.” It is also possible to represent an object in “negative space”…

My favorite books

From my reading list over the past fifteen years, here’s some the books I’ve most enjoyed. A touch of magic: Sabine Baring-Gould’s The Book of Were-Wolves; Carol K. Mack’s A Field Guide to Demons, Fairies, Fallen Angels and Other Subversive Spirits; Kate DiCamillo’s The…

Interview with Billie Kelpin: “All any of us wants is to be understood and to understand”

Billie Kelpin generously shares with me her thoughts on creativity and the writing process. Her website is billiekelpin.com. – Tucker Lieberman T.L.: How has being left-handed affected who you are? B.K.: I love this question because I truly think being left-handed in a right-handed world…

‘Pokerface’: A new short story with detectives and magic (June 2018 giveaway)

I’m giving away 100 e-copies of my new short story, “Pokerface,” for Kindle. The giveaway began this morning, and it was a delight to wake up and see that so many people have already entered for a chance to win! [Update: Entries closed on June 27,…

The character’s inner voice tells you who they are

All people have a robust inner monologue. For some, it is strong enough to take the form of a “mental illness.” Regardless of whether a character’s inner voices seem to fall within a normal range, the message of that voice is still about who…