Magical Words Link Roundup 3-27-2017


On a good day, writing an essay, a good essay at that, can be a tall order…Now add to this request to write a science fiction essay and, needless to say, the stress factor is increased by a minimum of tenfold.

Sumiko Saulson presents 20 more Black Women In Horror.

Derek Haines said,”It never ceases to amaze me how little effort some writers put into their promotional writing for their own books. After slaving away for months or even years writing a book, surely the book deserves a little extra time and effort to promote it in the best possible light.”

So, what was the problem here? Why were these authors threatened?

In April 1968, a British politician called Enoch Powell gave a speech opposing immigration, one which remains infamous in the United Kingdom. It’s known as the “Rivers of Blood” speech. Powell decided to try to make his racism sound a little bit classier by referencing a scene in the Roman epic poem the Aeneid, wherein a prophetess has a vision of a river ”foaming with much blood” – an omen of forthcoming war.

Nicole Givens Kurtz discusses why she loves writing, reading and watching weird western stories.

Drew Hayes couldn’t decide what to write about, so he wrote about the things he didn’t choose to write about. Don’t worry if that sentence left you behind – just read the post.

Weird fiction is a subgenre of speculative fiction originating in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It can be said to encompass the ghost story and other tales of the macabre. Weird fiction is distinguished from horror and fantasy in that it predates the niche marketing of genre fiction.

We often discuss art this way: the artist had something he “wanted to express”, and then he just, you know … expressed it. We buy into some version of the intentional fallacy: the notion that art is about having a clear-cut intention and then confidently executing same.


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