• The Myth of the Wealthy Author
    Writing

    The Myth of the Wealthy Author

    The myth of the wealthy author has existed for many moons. With the dawn of the printing press, authorship suddenly became popularized and widespread rather than exclusive only to bald monks in a dank basement. Charles Dickens, of course, comes to mind as one of the first wealthy authors to appear in modern times. Dostoyevsky might have been wealthy, too, if he hadn’t been bad at managing his money. Today, we have J.K. Rowling, Stephen King, and James Patterson, among other popular authors who have made millions (though arguably some of these authors get great movie royalties, too). In pop culture, there’s also the “Lotto Winning Author” (i.e. Stephanie Meyer).…

  • horror novels
    Horror

    Why Are Horror Novels Frowned Upon?

    Horror literature traces back to the early days of man, to the Bible, and to early works all over the world. One could say as long as humans have existed, so did horror. The earliest men told scary stories around a campfire fire to keep their kids in line or to get a fright out of their friends. It was good fun. As horror novels progressed, it shifted, evolved, and changed to the culture. It wasn’t until the 19th and 20th century that the horror novel had a wide audience. H.P. Lovecraft, Mary Shelly, Edgar Allan Poe, and many others molded and crafted horror novels from folktales and their own…

  • Review

    Facing Death in ‘Pet Sematary’

    Some time ago while I lay on the couch, a wave of thought came over me – What is the nature of death? Our own existence is what we’ve known since birth and contemplating the end of existence feels like a foreign invader. The idea that all of this will cease struck me, it struck me to the core. I felt hollow inside and numb. I lay there for almost an hour, still, staring up at the popcorn ceiling. Boy, was that a horrible feeling. There’s nothing productive about those kinds of thoughts and I haven’t delved back in since, but I did come to one truth: Death is scary…