Category: Columns

What’s in a Title? by Michael Thomas-Knight

I find it hard to believe that so many horror authors, striving to make some headway in today’s oversaturated marketplace, would title their short stories, story collections and book releases with generic titles. There are 4 million books on Amazon.com. What is going to make a reader purchase your book […]

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Perfect Weekend at Walker Stalker Con 2015

by Gerry Griffiths To celebrate our daughter, Genene’s 37th birthday, we spent the weekend in San Francisco and attended the Walker Stalker Con (WSC) 2015 hosted at the historical Fort Mason Center, as we are huge fans of The Walking Dead. That Saturday morning we traveled up from San Jose, […]

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Messing with zombie lore: How to do it right by Kris Ashton

Few movies have had such a profound and long-lasting impact on me as George A. Romero’s Dawn of the Dead (1978). For a kid already revved up about the horror genre, this film was like a supercharger. I was too young to appreciate the subtext and social satire, but the […]

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Truly Scary by Lori Michelle

January 3, 2011, at 5 PM, I stood over the bed watching as his little body breathed, in and out, then in and shudder. I was glad he had made it out of surgery alive and was just waiting for him to wake up so we could go home. It […]

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The True Horror of the Autobiography by Jay Wilburn

Write what you know is a standard bit of writing advice for all literary and genre writers. This can mean establishing the setting with the region in which one lives. It can mean building characters out of individuals you know from life to add realism to their choices and actions. […]

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Pages from the Nickronomicon: Vengeful Venetian Spirits

Hello dear readers! I’m sure you’re wondering where my column is this month for the wonderful edition of Dark Eclipse magazine. The truth is I’ve seen fit to move from there to a more permanent medium for all to enjoy, here at the dreadful Dark Moon Digest blog. Every third […]

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The Vital Pulse by George Lea

What makes underground markets in horror so interesting is the lack off parameter; because there is rarely an over-arching imperative to make money (the result of which in mainstream publishing is a lack of willingness to take risks on experimental creators or subjects), there is a floridness and variety of […]

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What’s your favorite? by Lori Michelle

Today marks the end of Unofficial Stephen King month.  I know I was supposed to write some fantastic essay on what SK meant to me, but I ran out of time. Well, would I run a whole month about the man if he hadn’t affected me somehow? I was never […]

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