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Book Title: How to Write Tales of Horror, Fantasy and Science Fiction|
The author of the book: J.N. Williamson
ISBN 13: 9780898794830
Edition: Writer's Digest Books
Date of issue: September 1st 1991
Format files: PDF
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How to Write Tales of Horror, Fantasy and Science Fiction isn’t just a “How to” book, but a series of talks from some of the best names in the field. Indeed, think of it as a creative writing course with different lecturers every week and you’ll get more out of this 242 page book than you would from a twelve month university or college course.
Among those bestselling authors dealing out priceless advice are Ramsey Campbell, Richard Matheson, Dean R Koontz and Ray Bradbury. There are 26 chapters on the mechanics of writing dealing with everything from avoiding clichéd plots and what’s been done to death, to naming conventions within fantasy universes (and if you’ve ever read a fantasy book where the heroes are called Callcunith or Haveriill or something equally odd, you’ll appreciate this quite tongue-yet-informative-in-cheek guide to avoiding the hackneyed approach to monikers).
Particularly good are the chapters on effective writing techniques in horror (and how to scare the hell out of your readers without grossing them out) and sci-fi (and the conflict over using hard science in your fiction).
There are also practical chapters on submitting your work to editors that might be a little out-of-fashion in today’s publishing world, but the general principles are the same. The book is rounded off with a useful series of top-ten lists of favourite books and short stories by the top writers of those genres, followed by a “recommended” reading library.
All in all, it’s a book that’s priceless to prospective writers in these genres, and I guess of great curiosity-value to readers. I wouldn’t say it’s saved my writing-life, but its profundity certainly guided it, and I still look through my copy for inspiration when those metaphorical dark clouds loom on the laptop-screen…
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Read information about the authorGerald Neal Williamson (April 17, 1932 - December 8, 2005) wrote and edited horror stories under the name J. N. Williamson. He also write under the name Julian Shock.
Born in Indianapolis, IN he graduated from Shortridge High School. He studied journalism at Butler University. He published his first novel in 1979 and went on to publish more than 40 novels and 150 short stories. In 2003 he received a lifetime achievement award from the Horror Writers of America. He edited the critically acclaimed How to Write Tales of Horror, Fantasy & Science Fiction (1987) which covered the themes of such writing and cited the writings of such writers as Robert Bloch, Lee Prosser, Richard Matheson, Ray Bradbury, H. P. Lovecraft, August Derleth, William F. Nolan, and Stephen King. Many important writers in the genre contributed to the book. Williamson edited the popular anthology series, Masques. Some of his novels include The Ritual (1979), Playmates (1982), Noonspell (1991), The Haunt (1999), among others.
He was also a well known Sherlockian and received his investiture (The Illustrious Client) in the Baker Street Irregulars in 1950.