Monthly Archives: January 2013

One Writer’s View: Confessions of a Reluctant Novelist

I was once considered a promising writer. I had written more than 150 short stories. Then it happened. The horrible realization that sapped my strength and crushed my heart and left me dazed and disoriented and despondent. I was a fake. A fraud. A pretender. I was not the spinner of brief tales I had always seen myself as.

I was not a short story writer at all. It seemed I was a natural novelist—an entirely different animal. Continue reading

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The Horrifying Lack of Horror in the LDS Community

Guest post by Michaelbrent Collings. I am a guy who writes scary stuff. It’s basically all I do. I’m one of the bestselling horror writers on Amazon, a supernatural horror movie I wrote came out last year, and in 2013 … Continue reading

Posted in Horror Shelf | 30 Comments

Throne of the Crescent Moon and the use of God in epic fantasy

The stereotypical epic fantasy is set in a pseudo-European, pseudo-medieval world.  One of the major differences between such a fantasy world and the real medieval Europe is fairly obvious: there’s magic that actually works. But there’s another difference that’s not … Continue reading

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The Retreat of Cynicism

Perhaps it’s a fluke. Perhaps it’s a perfect storm. But I was very interested to see so many of the most popular films this year (and many of them Oscar contenders!)  to be so earnest, so lacking in snark, so… … Continue reading

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2012 Mormon Literature Year in Review, Part 2, Mormon market and independent publishing

See also Part 1, The National Market. I used to call this section “Mormon Market”, but it is getting harder to differentiate between Mormon market books and books by Mormon authors published through independent and small publishers, as well as … Continue reading

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CALL FOR PAPERS–AML CONFERENCE 2013

Call for Papers Association for Mormon Letters March 29-30, 2013 Utah Valley University Theme: Depictions of Christ in LDS literature, film, and art: Does it matter how we portray Him? From Arnold Friberg to Levi Peterson to Jack Harrell, we … Continue reading

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