One thing is for certain: the market of ‘coming of age’ novels is a saturated one. You need not lift a finger any further than to type the words into google to find thousands of lists. Lists that all claim they hold the coming of age crème of the crop. Whilst ‘Harper Lee’s ‘To KillContinue reading In your search for acceptance, you may find a greater truth – Carson McCullers’ ‘The Member of the Wedding’
An original short story by Chris J Mitchell Noah lies back on the shop’s glass counter. His shoulder blades press against the cold, hard surface and he stares up at the polystyrene ceiling tiles. They are old, turning brown and covered in a thin layer of dirt that has built up over the years. ThereContinue reading Escape or Die Trying (Short Story)
Author of The Witcher Novel Series: An Introduction Sapkowski claims to have written his first short story, The Witcher, just to enter a competition ran by the Polish sci-fi and fantasy magazine, Fantastyka. Considering this, it is perhaps with a touch of good fortune it came third, but luckily for his fans, the story he wrote on aContinue reading Andrzej Sapkowski and The Witcher Saga!
I did a short online course on ancient and rare Japanese books a couple of years ago and it had an excellent exercise where people shared what was the oldest book in their home. You can see the posts by clicking here (it can take a few moments to load the page). The oldest book I hadContinue reading What is the oldest book in your home?
I was deep in the woods at this point and the trees were casting a cold shadow over the ground. I was wondering if it was time to turn back as my stroll was turning into something far more strenuous than I had planned. Still, I kept on for I felt something inside of meContinue reading A Mysterious Find (Short Story)
Listed below are five simple examples of showing rather than telling. Number one is telling and number two is showing. If you wish to read more of the concept of show, don’t tell please see – here. He was cross. His face flushed red and his eyes were wide open. It was cold. White vapour exuded from herContinue reading Show, don’t tell examples
M. R. James: “Two ingredients most valuable in the concocting of a ghost story are the atmosphere and the nicely managed crescendo.… Let us, then, be introduced to the actors in a placid way; let us see them going about their ordinary business, undisturbed by forebodings, pleased with their surroundings; and into this calm environment letContinue reading “Turn the monsters loose”