Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Saturday, November 24, 2018
Whether they hail from Disney or Dickens, all great villains have something in common: a malevolent, terrifying name. One that strikes fear into your heart from the first time you hear it, making you think, “How in the world did someone come up with that name?”
Some of these may look familiar, but they’ll still send a serious shiver down your spine. Read on to relish 15 of the best villainous names in literature, sure to inspire dread (or at the very least a good Halloween costume).
Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Monday, November 19, 2018
Sunday, November 18, 2018
How to write a hero when they are an anti-hero.
A question from Ryan Covert:
How about a Schrader-esque analysis/discussion on how to approach the writing of an anti-hero?
A villain as the story’s protagonist. Obviously this is more of an advanced screenwriting theory, as well as probably something that has better roots in independent cinema, but I’m about to tackle such a scenario and a few pointers, ideas, or advice would be great.
Good question, Ryan. Although the particulars would depend upon the genre of your story and whether the villain is somehow redeemed as a result of what happens in the story (Road to Perdition) or ends up in a ‘negative’ state (Scarface), the basic approach is, I would think, very much the same as how you develop any Protagonist character.
Thursday, November 15, 2018
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
So, you’ve decided to take the plunge? NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) sounds like the perfect chance for you to kick start that novel you’ve always dreamed of writing. Or maybe you’re a seasoned author and you’re using this opportunity to reconnect with the writing community and give yourself a productivity boost. Whatever your reasons for participating, it’s going to be a busy month!
Sunday, November 11, 2018
Saturday, November 10, 2018
STEPHEN KING: CRIME WRITER
Stephen King's Crime Influences and Crime-Laced Novels
Friday, November 9, 2018
Thursday, November 8, 2018
The serial killer is our great modern demon. This figure is a source of recurring fascination in horror, and in popular culture at large. A glance at the ‘True Crime’ shelves of any bookshop will reveal dozens of pop-biographical and quasi-criminological ‘studies’ of notorious serial killers and their unspeakable crimes. Peter Sutcliffe, Ted Bundy, Dennis Nilsen, John Wayne Gacy, Fred and Rosemary West, Jeffrey Dahmer, Henry Lee Lucas, Harold Shipman. We repeat their names as a litany of fear. Often, supernatural power or superhuman genius is ascribed to these figures, generally in direct antithesis to historical reality. Hannibal Lecter, as Thomas Harris’s later novels strongly imply, may well be the Devil himself, a figure of vast learning, intellect, and culture who seems to act out of an authentic sense of categorical species superiority, but real-life serial killers tend on the whole to be poorly educated social misfits. If realism is the aim, then the grim and downbeat Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1990), which drew on the crimes of the drifter Henry Lee Lucas, is a truer representation of serial killers than the hyperbolic The Silence of the Lambs.
Wednesday, November 7, 2018
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