Self-Editing Series: How to Assess Your Plot

The plot of your story, boiled down to the basics, is what happens. If you are a plotter, you may have created a general idea or detailed idea of this in your outlining stage. If you are not a plotter, or you were a plotter who deviated from their outline, now would be the timeContinue reading “Self-Editing Series: How to Assess Your Plot”

The Jon Meyers Gothic Prize: A Bad Place to Meat

In September, TDS hosted a writing contest that was named after Professor Jon Meyers, The Jon Meyers Dark Humour Prize for Gothic Literature (a.k.a. The Jon Meyers Gothic Prize). Entries were read in October with the winners – selected by Meyers himself – announced on October 31st, just in time for Halloween. The winners were:Continue reading “The Jon Meyers Gothic Prize: A Bad Place to Meat”

The Jon Meyers Gothic Prize: To Cross a Vampire

In September, TDS hosted a writing contest that was named after Professor Jon Meyers, The Jon Meyers Dark Humour Prize for Gothic Literature (a.k.a. The Jon Meyers Gothic Prize). Entries were read in October with the winners – selected by Meyers himself – announced on October 31st, just in time for Halloween. The winners were:Continue reading “The Jon Meyers Gothic Prize: To Cross a Vampire”

The Jon Meyers Gothic Prize: Practical Alchemy on a Budget

In September, TDS hosted a writing contest that was named after Professor Jon Meyers, The Jon Meyers Dark Humour Prize for Gothic Literature (a.k.a. The Jon Meyers Gothic Prize). Entries were read in October with the winners – selected by Meyers himself – announced on October 31st, just in time for Halloween. The winners were:Continue reading “The Jon Meyers Gothic Prize: Practical Alchemy on a Budget”

The Jon Meyers Gothic Prize: Mrs. Pepper’s Ghost

In September, TDS hosted a writing contest that was named after Professor Jon Meyers, The Jon Meyers Dark Humour Prize for Gothic Literature (a.k.a. The Jon Meyers Gothic Prize). Entries were read in October with the winners – selected by Meyers himself – announced on October 31st, just in time for Halloween. The winners were:Continue reading “The Jon Meyers Gothic Prize: Mrs. Pepper’s Ghost”

Reality Meets Fiction: Doppelgängers

by Barry Pirro Almost everyone has heard the term doppelgänger. It’s a German word that means double-walker or double-goer. Basically, a doppelgänger is someone who looks, acts, and sounds exactly like another person. The following creepy tale isn’t fiction. It comes from a paranormal investigation I conducted at a home in Larchmont, New York. TheContinue reading “Reality Meets Fiction: Doppelgängers”

Self-Editing Series: The Different Types of Editing

What is the first thing you need to do once you finish your manuscript? Hint: The answer is not to submit it to all the agents and publishers. Yet. First, congratulate yourself for reaching “The End.” You should always take the time to celebrate that you accomplished something amazing. Second, take some time away fromContinue reading “Self-Editing Series: The Different Types of Editing”

Influences of TDS’ Founding Fathers

Since its inception, TDS has followed in the footsteps of our founding fathers: Edgar Allan Poe (Gothic), Mary Shelley (Horror), J. R. R. Tolkien (Fantasy), and Fyordor Dostoevsky (Psychological Realism). If these literary geniuses and genre pioneers influence TDS and our authors…who inspired them? “I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity.” ― Edgar AllanContinue reading “Influences of TDS’ Founding Fathers”

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