“I figure it’s part of my job description to dig out the nastiness in myself as well as the ‘better angels’ of my nature… Besides, if I don’t scare myself, I probably won’t scare you either.” —Horror writer Jack Ketchum. His four-week online class, Talking Scars, starts May 7.
There are days I just want to crawl into a hole with my book and a blanket, and ignore the world. Today is one of them.
“On the second day of the civil unrest, my wife took our young kids in her family van to the Valley to stay with friends out there, and subsequently a cabin in the country. I stayed at our house in Mid-City… smoke in air, armed with my .357 and courage out of a bottle of Jack… and I was thinking this event could be a hell of a plot for a book.” —Gary Phillips, on how the LA Riots—20 years ago this Sunday—inspired him to write his first novel, Violent Spring.
“When you are growing up there are two institutional places that affect you most powerfully: the church, which belongs to God, and the public library, which belongs to you. The public library is the great equalizer.” —Keith Richards (via nypl)
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“The fact is, it’s pretty damn hard to knock someone’s socks off in three pages, so working in the short story format really raises the bar in terms of the amount of impact you’re expected to deliver in such little time.” —5 Questions with LitReactor’s Master of Craft, Jon Gingerich; ‘Fundamentals of Short Fiction’ Starts Monday