5 Great Original Screenplays That (Probably) Won't Get Oscar Nominations

Column by Christopher Shultz
It's one thing to predict what movies the Oscars will deem worthy of their attention, but what about the films they'll snub?

Book vs. Film: "Bones and All"

Column by Christopher Shultz
From vegan treatise to queer parable and beyond, one version of the same narrative offers a snack, while the other provides a feast.

7 Super-Satisfying Murder Mysteries to Read in Anticipation of "Glass Onion"

Column by Kleopatra Olympiou
Knives Out: Glass Onion is in theaters now. Available on Netflix in December.

Loving Comic Books, But Not Comic Book Movies

Column by Peter Derk
Loving comic books, but not comic book movies, is complicated.

Storyville: How Various Media Can Change You as a Writer

Column by Richard Thomas
Influence can come from any medium, not just the one you are working in.
Vincenzo Natali: Child of the New Flesh

Vincenzo Natali: Child of the New Flesh

Interview by Chris Kelso August 29, 2022
The Canadian director discusses his literary influences, the trials of adaptation, and the films of David Cronenberg.

Your Book Has Been Optioned For Film/TV—What Happens Next?

Column by Rob Hart February 21, 2022
Author Rob Hart, whose books have been optioned for both film and television, talks about working within the Hollywood machine.

Writing Lessons Learned from 80s Horror Movies

Column by Jay Wilburn
1980 was over 40 years ago. 80s horror movies are now all classics or didn't stand the test of time. Either way, they can teach us a lot about good and bad writing.

Storyville: Dune is an Inspiring Film, and an Excellent Resource for Authors

Column by Richard Thomas
My thoughts on the 2021 film, "Dune", and how it might be a great resource for your writing.

Storyville: My Top 12 Horror Films of the Last Four Years

Column by Richard Thomas
A nice list of recent horror, just in time for Halloween.

Special Delivery: 9 Horror Scenes of Labor and Birth

Column by Annie Neugebauer October 21, 2021
Witness the miracle of life in all its glory! Scenes of labor, birth, and delivery in horror.

Film vs. Film: "Suicide Squad" vs. "The Suicide Squad"

Column by BH Shepherd
A critical comparison of the two live-action Suicide Squad movies. Which is the Superior Squad?

Screenplay Lessons Learned Adapting My Own Fiction

Column by Max Booth III September 3, 2021
Turning a book...into a MOVIE? What the hell kind of a witchcraft is this?

10 Books that Influenced "The Paradox Twins"

Column by Joshua Chaplinsky
A list of books that informed the debut novel from LitReactor Managing Editor, Joshua Chaplinsky.

On Revenge Fantasies, Male Toxicity and "Promising Young Woman"

Column by Ben Tanzer
A story about how men live and the world women are forced to negotiate because of their choices, presenting a conversation about the nature of sexual violence and just how commonplace it is.

"To All The Boys: Always and Forever" is the Sweetest Ending to a Beloved Series

Column by Karis Rogerson
Thoughts and reflections on the final installment in the To All the Boys film series.

The Realities of Becoming a Full-Time Writer

Column by Max Booth III January 22, 2021
Max recently quit his job to write full-time, then he tricked LitReactor into paying him to write about it. [Wait... What?!? —Editor]

Black Bear: Aubrey Plaza, One-Piece Bathing Suits and Acts of Creation.

Column by Ben Tanzer
Can you truly understand an individual's creative process?
Cover & Synopsis Reveal: "The Paradox Twins" by Joshua Chaplinsky

Cover & Synopsis Reveal: "The Paradox Twins" by Joshua Chaplinsky

News by Joshua Chaplinsky October 27, 2020
Check out the cover and synopsis for the debut novel from LitReactor's Managing Editor.

Too Young for Horror?

Column by Peter Derk
If the purpose of horror is to scare us, then you might be missing out on a rite of passage if you don't get a taste before you're ready.

Modern Western Films Written Better Than Ever

Column by David Cranmer
Western movies, long past their mid-twentieth century popularity, are still being made, and in many ways are better written than their predecessors, avoiding offensive tropes & predictable narrative.

It's Hard to Be Scared of the Man with the Knife, Anymore

Column by Paul Michael Anderson September 8, 2020
How do you make a slasher scary, and why do so many fail?

What Neil Breen's 5-Hour Retrospective Taught Me About Making Art

Column by Peter Derk June 26, 2020
Yes, that Neil Breen. Yes, he had useful things to say.
"Final Cuts: New Tales Of Hollywood Horror And Other Spectacles" Edited By Ellen

"Final Cuts: New Tales Of Hollywood Horror and Other Spectacles" Edited By Ellen Datlow

Review by Christopher Shultz June 16, 2020
Six years ago, an anthology of film-themed horror stories crept into readers hands, and their nightmares were never the same. Now...it’s back.

Book vs. Film vs. Reality: "Shirley"

Column by Christopher Shultz
The new hallucinatory examination of Shirley Jackson isn't a biopic, but is there more fact than fiction than meets the eye?