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What Is Speculative Fiction?

Today, by request, I’m going to take a crack at pinning down a definition for that mysterious term “speculative fiction.” [For more definitions and genre musings, check out the rest of my “What Is Genre Series” here!] If you’re a … Continue reading

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What Is Gothic Fiction?

            I’ve decided to continue my trend of analyzing, defining, and explaining literary genres by illuminating one of my favorite and often-misunderstood genres; gothic fiction. If you’d like to check out my other such posts, … Continue reading

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What Is Horror?

Thanks to horror being one of my genres of choice – both as a fan and as an artist – I’m often in the position of having people ask me my thoughts about it, which, of course makes me ridiculously … Continue reading

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What Is Commercial Fiction?

And why you should stop assuming it’s trash.  Myth: The quality of writing in commercial fiction is low.  Myth: Commercial fiction is less intelligent than literary fiction.  Myth: Commercial fiction isn’t “deep.”  Myth: Commercial fiction is trashy.  Myth: Commercial fiction … Continue reading

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