A Private Conversation with Story: Who’s really in control?

Me: Okay, it's early in the morning and I have coffee. Let's get started. There's this science fiction passage I want to get into today that will lead to the big reveal for the main character. Story: No. Me: What do you mean 'No'. Story: I mean no. Me: Come on, quite playing around. Story: …

Endings Are Hard, Except When They’re Easy

Writing is hard enough. Everything about is is hard. Except thinking up new ideas. That's actually easy. People who don't write sometimes think the idea phase is difficult. Nope. That's easy. I have way more ideas than I will ever write. The trick is choosing the best idea among them and elaborating on it. Part …

Woot! My Sample Story Page on WordPress: “Portraits of Madame Skalla”

Mark here. I have included a new Sample Story Page for my WordPress blog for those who may be interested in that kind of thing. You can click the link below or find the appropriate link on the right side of my blog under "Pages." I mean, you guys know how to do this, right? …

The Visceral Power of Horror: Why it’s so hard to write

Horror is always either on the edge of a horrendous implosion or on the cusp of a golden renaissance.  I think that's about right, given its cyclic nature.  Horror literature itself is a fairly shallow field.  Widespread, but shallow.  It makes half-hearted attempts every ten years or so to break out and become mainstream, but …

Haxan is My Corner of the Universe – You Need One Too

I have often said Haxan is my own little corner of the universe where I can play with matches. That much is certainly true, but I don't think it would be as much fun if it weren't for the fact Haxan is a series. Maybe it's somewhat surprising, but working in a series appears to …