amwriting, genre, Pagham-verse, The Crows, Writing Prompt, writing tips

Overheard in Pagham-on-Sea

There is now a dedicated Twitter account, @OverheardPoS, for all those random things you might overhear around town, plus scraps of related prose. I'm using the prompts from #vss365 (vss is the abbreviation for very short story); #ConverStory (no dialogue tags, dialogue only, so perfect for 'overheard' snippets); #BraveWrite, #HorrorPrompt and occasionally some others like… Continue reading Overheard in Pagham-on-Sea

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June Twitter Chat! Sex & Villainy #villainsleepover

#VillainSleepover Anyone want to join in a new weekly/biweekly twitter chat #villainsleepover? If you do, follow the hashtag (if not, mute it!) as we will kick off in June with discussions around sex/sexuality and 'villainy'. A few of us who enjoy these kinds of chats and especially love talking about the darker side of human… Continue reading June Twitter Chat! Sex & Villainy #villainsleepover

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Goth is [not] dead: Isolation

This week in gothic horror chat, I'm looking at another theme mentioned in the first post. I'm going to use a horror novel I think fits the Welsh Gothic genre as an example of how effective this element is, and how it can drive the plot forward. Isolation is another key theme of the Gothic… Continue reading Goth is [not] dead: Isolation

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Goth is [not] Dead: Darkness

Hello again! I've done a couple of posts on the themes and conventions of Gothic novels, and the many subgenres there are (there are actually more, but a good place to look is the University of Wales Press series on Gothic Fiction). I have also discovered a cool WikiHow post on How To Write Gothic… Continue reading Goth is [not] Dead: Darkness

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Goth is [not] Dead: (Sub)Genre-Chat

Horace Walpole is credited/blamed for kicking off the 'Gothic' literature genre in 1765 with his novel The Castle of Otranto: A Gothic Tale, which was intended as a subtle joke. Walpole meant 'Gothic' in the sense of 'barbarous' or 'derived from the Middle Ages', but his supernatural tale of perverse obsession and melodramatic tragedy sparked something… Continue reading Goth is [not] Dead: (Sub)Genre-Chat