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Where I Get My Ideas

By Mary SanGiovanni Perhaps the one question writers get asked most frequently is where we get our ideas.  We are asked so often, in fact, that the inclination to make up funny, even snarky answers can be tempting.  An ideas store in a small, rural town in the midwest, a secret well from which we...

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Word on the Street

By Mary SanGiovanni With the growing popularity of social media, users have easy access to people all over the world.  In creative communities, this has fostered more intimate connections between readers and writers. Fans can get to know a writer’s thoughts, feelings, passions, likes and dislikes, political and spiritual beliefs, pets, favorite forms of entertainment,...

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Musings From Mamatas: Just Universe Theory

by Nick Mamatas Rush Limbaugh has been an annoying bleating horn in the background noise of society for thirty years.  A right-wing gasbag and primitive thinker who engaged in race-baiting, climate change denial, sexist rhetoric, and the like, he was recently left behind politically. Barstool blowhard rhetoric about AIDS and NFL players as gang members...

Responsibility and Triggers
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Responsibility and Triggers

By Mary SanGiovanni Writers are often posed the question of responsibility in their writing, particularly if they are writers of horror.  Where are the lines in fiction which should not be crossed? When does fiction devolve into degeneracy? Do creatives have a responsibility for monitoring what they write and how they write it, and if...

15 Must-Read Black Fantasy Authors
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15 Must-Read Black Fantasy Authors

by Margaret Kingsbury While admittedly Black History Month might not be the best time to discuss works of fantasy, many, if not all, of the novels by these fifteen black fantasy authors are steeped in black history, whether they be alternate histories of the Civil War or infused with the Carribean and/or African folklore and...