An inside view of the publishing industry from a foot soldier.

Storyville: Avoiding Tropes in Horror

Column by Richard Thomas November 12, 2014
What are horror tropes, and how can you avoid them?

Storyville: Writing a Novel Without Plotting it Out

Column by Richard Thomas September 5, 2014
Tips on how to write a novel without plotting it out.

Storyville: Writing About Taboo Subjects

Column by Richard Thomas July 29, 2014
When writing about taboo subjects, be careful how you do it.

Storyville: How to Put Together an Anthology

Column by Richard Thomas June 5, 2014
Tips and information about how to put together an anthology of short stories.

Storyville: Death in Fiction

Column by Richard Thomas May 6, 2014
Death in fiction — who, what, when, where and why.

Storyville: Putting Your Life in Your Fiction

Column by Richard Thomas April 8, 2014
Some helpful tips for working your life into your fiction.

Storyville: Kill Your Darlings—How 'Game of Thrones' Can Change Your Writing

Column by Richard Thomas March 6, 2014
We can learn some valuable lessons about plotting, characters, and expectations from watching (or reading) 'Game of Thrones.'

Storyville: Editor Interviews—Needle, Thuglit, and The Big Click

Column by Richard Thomas February 28, 2014
Five questions with the editors of Needle, Thuglit and The Big Click — Steve Weddle, Todd Robinson, and Nick Mamatas.

Storyville: Three Essential Books On Writing

Column by Richard Thomas February 10, 2014
Three essential books on writing by Stephen King, Donald Maas and Jeff VanderMeer.

Storyville: How to Write a Book Review

Column by Richard Thomas January 28, 2014
Some tips on how to write a compelling book review.

Storyville: Publisher Interviews—ChiZine, Eraserhead, and PMMP

Column by Richard Thomas January 22, 2014
Five quick questions with three publishers of dark fiction: ChiZine, Eraserhead, and Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing

Storyville: Editor Interviews—Shock Totem, Shimmer, and The Dark

Column by Richard Thomas December 30, 2013
Some quick questions with three editors of contemporary, dark fiction.

Storyville: My Ten Favorite Short Stories of 2013

Column by Richard Thomas December 12, 2013
Here are my ten favorite short stories for 2013.

Storyville: Dissecting "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" by Joyce Carol Oates

Column by Richard Thomas November 25, 2013
One of the most talked about, published and taught stories, I dissect "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" by Joyce Carol Oates.

Storyville: 10 Hot, Emerging, and Underappreciated Genres

Column by Richard Thomas November 5, 2013
Looking for something new to write? Here are ten hot, emerging, and underappreciated genres.

Storyville: Supernatural and Speculative Fiction—Getting Weird Without Losing Your Audience

Column by Richard Thomas October 18, 2013
Supernatural and speculative fiction—getting weird without losing your audience.

Storyville: 10 of the Scariest Books I've Ever Read

Column by Richard Thomas October 4, 2013
Here are ten of the scariest, darkest, and most disturbing books I've read.

Storyville: Fiction As Film—Writing Scenes That Are Visual

Column by Richard Thomas September 25, 2013
How can your fiction be as visual and engrossing as a film? Here are some suggestions.

Storyville: 10 Ways to Evaluate Your Writing Career

Column by Richard Thomas September 4, 2013
How do you know if your writing career is going well? Here are 10 ways to check your progress.

Storyville: Manipulating Your Readers

Column by Richard Thomas August 21, 2013
How do you manipulate your audience? Here are a few tips.

Storyville: Ten Tips for Successfully Publishing Your Stories

Column by Richard Thomas August 8, 2013
Here are ten tips for successfully publishing your stories.

Storyville: What is Literary Fiction?

Column by Richard Thomas August 1, 2013
How do you define literary fiction?

Storyville: 15 Unconventional Story Methods

Column by Richard Thomas July 22, 2013
Here are 15 unconventional methods of telling a story. Why not stretch yourself?

Storyville: Dramatic Structure and Freytag's Triangle

Column by Richard Thomas July 18, 2013
Is your dramatic structure intact? Study Freytag's Triangle to see if it is.

Storyville: What is Neo-Noir Fiction?

Column by Richard Thomas July 2, 2013
Neo-noir fiction is literally defined as "new-black," but what exactly does that mean?