Stephen King

Are more prolific writers necessarily ‘worse’ writers?

By Chris Meadows
August 29, 2015 // 3 Comments

Can an author be “too” prolific? That’s the thesis that an opinion piece in the New York Times examines. Looking at authors like John Creasey, Ursula Bloom, Barbara Cartland, and even Agatha Christie, the author of the piece muses on the possible connection between level of output and [...]

Mike Shatzkin notices agency pricing slows e-book sales

By Chris Meadows
August 6, 2015 // 1 Comment

Publishing industry consultant Mike Shatzkin has some interesting observations on the state of e-books at the moment. He seems to be coming around to some of the same observations that some of the self-publishers have had: particularly that agency pricing is considerably slowing big-five e-book [...]

Contest inn-vites you to write your way… inn

By Paul St John Mackintosh
March 26, 2015 // 0 Comments

Here’s one of the most delightful literary contests you could ever want to participate in – and all for a mere 200 words. Janice Sage, current owner and innkeeper of the charming Center Lovell Inn in southwestern Maine, is holding an essay competition to select the new owner and [...]

Horror Writers Association launches Rocky Wood Memorial Scholarship Fund

By Paul St John Mackintosh
February 9, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) has announced the Rocky Wood Memorial Scholarship Fund for Nonfiction Writing, in honor of Rocky Wood (1959-2014), the Antipodean authority on horror fiction in general and the work of Stephen King in particular, who died on December 1st, 2014, after a long [...]

Happy (belated) birthday, Ramsey Campbell

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 6, 2015 // 0 Comments

Tired cliches are the stuff of any lazy journalist’s repertoire, so here’s one: Living legend. That fully applies to Ramsey Campbell, one of the very small and very select circle of modern British horror and dark fiction writers – Clive Barker being the only other one who readily [...]

How many UK authors can you buy for the cost of an NYT ad?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
August 12, 2014 // 4 Comments

Class, today’s math question is: How many UK authors can you buy for the cost of a single full-page New York Times ad? And we’re going to compare the average median income of a British author, as calculated by the the UK Authors’ Licensing & Collecting Society (ALCS), with the [...]

Build a better business … with Stephen King?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 26, 2014 // 2 Comments

Business Insider, that bastion of cultural and intellectual values, has just pulled together “22 Lessons From Stephen King On How To Be A Great Writer,” for its Strategy section, more usually associated with juicy topics like “9 Traits Of Highly Promotable Employees” and [...]

Title mix-up helps writer sell book entitled Joyland

By Joanna Cabot
June 29, 2014 // 3 Comments

I just love quirky little stories like this one—as GalleyCat reports an author named Emily Schultz is was bemused to see a sudden spike in sales of her eight-year-old novel, Joyland, after Stephen King released a book with the same title. At first, she was someone put out by the whole thing, [...]

Uncliche your narrative with Rob Hart at LitReactor

By Paul St John Mackintosh
June 6, 2014 // 2 Comments

Rob Hart over at LitReactor has posted his list of the “Top 10 Storytelling Cliches Writers Need To Stop Using,” in a bid to stamp out lazy, repetitive, and simply bad narrative. And while most lists of this type invite aggressive contradiction, with countless examples of how the cited [...]

Interview: Dark Fiction author Simon Strantzas

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 23, 2014 // 0 Comments

Acclaimed dark and weird fiction author Simon Strantzas is releasing his fourth collection of short stories, Burnt Black Suns, from Hippocampus Press. I spoke to him about the genre he works in and how he operates as a writer. TeleRead: Do you think that horror/weird fiction reflects or channels [...]

Maine library declines Rick Hautala archive, citing resources

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 18, 2014 // 1 Comment

You’d think that birthing American horror’s favorite son would give a U.S. state a broad institutional commitment to supporting the horror genre and honoring its local exponents. Well, apparently not. Because a library in Maine has declined the bequest of the archive of local horror [...]

Early Stephen King novels to be re-issued as special editions

By Susan Lulgjuraj
April 8, 2014 // 0 Comments

Six of the early books by Stephen King are being re-issued as deluxe editions. The novels – Carrie, Salem’s Lot, The Shining, Night Shift, The Stand and Pet Sematary – were released between 1974 and 1983 through Doubleday. The re-issued books will go through Cemetery Dance Publications [...]

Simon Strantzas on the present and future of horror

By Paul St John Mackintosh
February 1, 2014 // 0 Comments

Noted Canadian horror and dark fiction writer Simon Strantzas has given an interview to C. Derick Varn at Former People on the current climate in horror, weird fiction, dark tales, and the other genre definitions that cluster around the heart of darkness. And he feels, with some qualifications, [...]

Digital Book World's Best Seller List Missed an Important Point

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
October 2, 2013 // 0 Comments

[easyazon-image align=”right” asin=”1476727651″ locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”” width=”106″] Many of you probably also follow Digital Book World’s Best Seller [...]

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