Here is our weekly round-up of interesting links about speculative fiction from around the web:
Speculative fiction in general:
- At Fantasy Magazine, Kat Howard has a great post about how fairy tales offered women a way to tell their own stories with women at the centre.
- Horror writer A.F. Stewart discusses splatter and gore versus psychological horror.
- Becca Price disagrees with G.K. Chesterton and points out that there are other ways of dealing with dragons than killing them.
- Anya Allyn has started Ever Eerie, a Facebook page dedicated to all things horror.
- Deirdre Saoirse Moen offers a list of links and resources for Ellora's Cave authors and cover artists trying to leave.
Writing and promotion:
- Juliet Wade discusses naming characters and how this relates to worldbuilding.
- There seems to be something in the air, for Carol Davis also discusses character naming.
- Cora Buhlert introduces her character Holly di Marco.
- Stella Wilkinson talks about the problems of bringing back characters from previous books.
- Michael Patrick Hicks offers a behind the scenes look at his new horror novelette Consumption.
- Sam Witt explains why he wrote his weird western Half-Made Girls.
- Elena Linville points out that the more you write, the better you get.
- Kyoko M. explains why "Why bother?" are the two deadliest words for an indie author.
- The results of the Eight Hour Fiction Challenge for September are up.
- Susan Kaye Quinn explains how to use the new preorder feature on Amazon.
- Cora Buhlert explains how to use free online services to make book trailers.
- David Gaughran interview Joanna Penn.
- Judy Goodwin interviews Ceinwen Langley.
- Judy Goodwin also interviews writer and translator Pablo Solares Acebal.
- K.J. Bryen interviews horror writer Derek Ailes.
- Ch'Kara SilverWolf interviews urban fantasy author Susan Illene.
- Black Gate reviews Brush With Darkness by Jamie Maltman.
- Franklin Kendrick reviews Consumption by Michael Patrick Hicks.
- Books and Such also reviews Consumption by Michael Patrick Hicks.
- Elena Linville reviews Memory Zero by Keri Arthur.
- Michael Patrick Hicks reviews The Undying by Ethan Reid, a zombie thriller set in Paris.
- Shaun Duke reviews the movie adaption of The Maze Runner.
- At Amazing Stories, R. Graeme Cameron reviews the classic SF musical Just Imagine from 1930.
- Landon Porter remembers five obscure but awesome Saturday morning cartoons.
- R. Doug Wicker compares the TV show Person of Interest both to the 1980s TV show The Equalizer and to the 1970s movie Colossus - The Forbin Project.
- Cirque du Mort, a collection of weird circus tales by Anastasia Cantris, is looking for backers.
- Temporarily Out of Order, an SFF anthology edited by Joshua Palmatier and Patricia Bray, is looking for funding.
- GoFundMe is holding a fundraiser for the Dear Author/Jane Litte legal defense fund.
- GoFundMe also has a legal defense fund for plagiarism victim Rachel Ann Nunes.
- Lisa Ludwig shares her impressions of the Elfia festival, held in the Arcen castle gardens in the Netherlands.
- S.A. Mulraney shares 8 tips for bookstalls at cons and book shows.
Odds and ends:
- Darth Vader, Yoda and Chewbacca run for parliament in Ukraine. Because the country obviously hasn't enough problems.