Book Publishing Resources for Genre Fiction Writers

I once received a message from a friend of a friend who wanted some publishing advice. Their question was this: I finished writing an 85,000-word novel, and I am in the process of querying agents. I was just wondering if you have any tips or advice on how you got your agent or anything about…

Hungry Orb

By Sarah E. Seeley Scerana descended blearily from her nest in a thicket of junipers toward the hollow in the dead man’s skull. The human body drew all manner of insects to its rotting flesh. For a weary spider who thought she might perish without the strength to mate or bear offspring, the corpse’s offering…

Press Release for The 2016 World Horror Convention

As a member of the Utah chapter of the HWA, I wanted to share this official press release on The World Horror Convention, coming to Provo at the end of April. Check it out! 😀 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Horror Comes to Utah! Provo, Utah. The World Horror Convention, an international gathering of horror writers, artists,…

12 Basic Writing Tips

I once volunteered as an assistant editor at Leading Edge Magazine, a semi-professional, student-run science fiction and fantasy magazine at BYU. My job was to read what we called the submissions “slush pile,” providing the authors we reviewed both highlights and constructive criticism while also hunting for stories we thought would work well for the…

H. P. Lovecraft’s Grotesque Penguins

H. P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu, sketched 1934. At CONduit in May, I had the opportunity to contribute to a panel discussion about the influence of H. P. Lovecraft’s stories on modern fiction and culture. Both the man and his work make excellent fodder for a variety of interesting topics, from historical and literary racism; to an…

Horror Books: Darkbound & A Short Stay in Hell

I don’t know that reviewing books is going to become a regular thing for me (just watch, I’ll say that and then I’ll start reviewing books like crazy), but I’d like to briefly recommend two books I picked up at LTUE in the horror genre written by LDS authors (as I’ve been on that vein)….