Why the Term "Literary Fiction" Doesn't Work Anymore

Column by Joshua Isard
An exploration of one of the most misleading terms in the writing world, and why it should be retired.

Storyville: Writing for the Ideal Reader

Column by Richard Thomas
How do you write to your ideal reader? Here are some tips and suggestions.

What is Quiet Horror?

Column by Andrew Fowlow
Many are familiar with the gripping stories, but not so much the term "quiet horror." Here is what quiet horror means to those talented writers who wield its power to invoke menacing terror.

10 Terrible Writing Ideas that Shouldn't Work, But Sometimes Do

Column by Jay Wilburn March 8, 2021
Actually, there are way more than ten terrible writing ideas. Can you really call yourself a writer if you haven't tried a few?
That Buzz: Marc Sheinbaum on his debut novel, "Memories Live Here" (and much, mu

That Buzz: Marc Sheinbaum on his debut novel, "Memories Live Here" (and much, much more)

Interview by Ben Tanzer
Second careers, the question of genre, and getting right to it.

The Good and Bad of Expanding the Definition of 'Literature'

Column by Peter Derk April 29, 2020
There's a plus and minus when it comes to throwing the doors wide open.

Why Genre Writers Should Read Poetry

Column by Christoph Paul
You should read some poems / So your prose flows with style / Read this article

Is Blending Genres the Worst Idea You've Ever Had?

Column by Jay Wilburn
Blending genres in your writing will affect your marketing. There are ways to do it poorly and ways to do it well.

How Is Magical Realism Different From Fantasy?

Column by Christopher Shultz
If magical realism isn't straight-up fantasy, or any other speculative genre, then what, exactly, is it?

Defining Upmarket Fiction and the Role it Plays in Today’s Market

Column by Andrea J. Johnson
Curious what makes a piece of writing upmarket fiction? This article will define the term and help you decide whether you should tailor your work to meet this unique classification.

Horror Does Not Deserve Your Shame

Column by S.A. Bradley July 16, 2019
There is still a stigma associated with the horror genre, despite a long list of exceptional horror stories paving the way.

Gobble, Gobble: Exploring the Turkey Lit Genre

Column by Max Booth III November 21, 2018
Where are all the Thanksgiving books?
Interview: Justin Kassab of Akashic Imprint Oddities by Kaylie Jones Books

Interview: Justin Kassab of Akashic Imprint Oddities by Kaylie Jones Books

Interview by Christoph Paul
We talk publishing with Justin Kassab, the Managing Editor of Oddities by Kaylie Jones Books.

Horror: Defining the Genre, Sub-genres, Styles, and More

Column by Annie Neugebauer February 22, 2018
How do we define horror? Is it speculative? What does style have to do with it? Does intensity matter? What's the difference between a sub-genre and a trend? All of your horror questions, answered.

"It's Not a Horror Movie, It's a Psychological Thriller!"

Column by Max Booth III October 18, 2017
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The Little Genre That Could: Why Now is the Time to Read Bizarro

Column by Gabino Iglesias September 18, 2017
Bizarro fiction continues to grow, and now's the time to start enjoying it.

I'm Tired of Genre Fiction. Gimme the Weird Stuff.

Column by J. David Osborne August 24, 2017
A guy who loves genre fiction tries to understand his sudden obsession with avant-garde writing.

This Can't Be: Realism and Genre vs. Reality

Column by Brian Allen Carr August 22, 2017
How current trends in realism and genre have failed to prepare us for our disheartening reality.

Adventures in the Noir Trade: Mixing Genres

Column by Jeff Noon
Part 5 of Jeff's 10 part series on the writing of his new novel, "A Man of Shadows."

Reading Outside Your Comfort Zone

Column by Michael David Wilson
Six authors discuss reading outside of their comfort zone and the impact it's had on them.
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A Conversation with JS Breukelaar about Teaching, Weird Fiction, and Her New Novel 'Aletheia'

Interview by Rob Hart July 7, 2017
JS Breukelaar—instructor of our recurring workshop 'Writing the Weird'—has a new book out! Paul Tremblay says 'Aletheia' is 'a melancholy and affecting mix of literary, noir, and horror by the lake.'

But How Do I Write It? Methods for Matching the Medium

Column by Annie Neugebauer April 13, 2017
When a writer gets an idea, how do they know if it’s a poem, story, novel, tweet, graphic novel, blog, essay, etc.? Can it be more than one? How do you decide?

10 Things I Learned About Writing and Publishing From Managing a Porn Store

Column by Christoph Paul March 17, 2017
Managing a porn store is very much like running a small press and being working a writer.

Storyville: What Literary Fiction Can Teach You About Genre Fiction

Column by Richard Thomas June 22, 2016
Here are a few ways that literary fiction can inform your genre fiction.
Scott Adlerberg on Going Viral on Reddit and Blending Genres

An Interview with Scott Adlerberg on Going Viral on Reddit and Blending Genres

Interview by Max Booth III
Max chats with Scott Adlerberg about how genre can potentially limit writers.