Writers Workshop of Horror

By: 2009 Bram Stoker Award-Winning Editor Michael Knost
Softcover, 262 pages
ISBN: 0982493916

Winner of the 2009 Bram Stoker Award, Superior Achievement in Non-fiction! Also, Writers Workshop is the winner of the 2009 Black Quill Award, Editor's Choice, Best Dark Genre Book of Non-Fiction!

Congratulations. You've discovered the ultimate book for writers who earnestly want to improve their own abilities. The award-winning Writers Workshop of Horror includes an unparalleled list of teachers, all experts in their fields of endeavor. Woodland Press assembled a dream team of writers, editors and professionals for this special project. We then brought in local author Michael Knost as editor. The result is nothing short of spectacular. It focuses solely on honing the craft of writing. You won't find anything in the pages of this volume on marketing, promotions, or submission tips. That's another book for another time. What you will find is solid advice from professionals of every publishing level on how to improve your writing. Although this project is centered on writing horror and/or dark fiction, the principles and advice inside this book will transcend all genres and all forms of writing. It doesn't matter if you write romance, science fiction, western, mysteries, fantasy, or memoirs; you will richly benefit from the information, ultimately improving your craft by bringing polished elements of horror, fear, anxiety, or dread to your work when needed.

Contributors Include:

Clive Barker
Joe R. Lansdale
F. Paul Wilson
Ramsey Campbell
Thomas F. Monteleone
Deborah LeBlanc
Gary A. Braunbeck
Brian Keene
Elizabeth Massie
Tom Piccirilli
Jonathan Maberry
Tim Waggoner
Mort Castle
G. Cameron Fuller
Rick Hautala
Scott Nicholson
Michael A. Arnzen
J.F. Gonzalez
Michael Laimo
Lucy A. Snyder
Jeff Strand
Lisa Morton
Jack Haringa
Gary Frank
Jason Sizemore
Robert N. Lee
Tim Deal
Brian Yount
Michael Knost

“When I’m writing, I usually have three reference books close at hand—a paperback dictionary, Strunk & White’s Elements of Style, and the Guinness Book of World Records. Now I’m adding a fourth. With his Writers Workshop of Horror, Michael Knost has put together that rarest of books—a writing guide that actually has something valuable to say about the craft of writing. It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or bestseller, this book will pay back the effort you put into reading it. Highly recommended.” — Joe McKinney, author of Dead City and Quarantined

"A veritable treasure trove of information for aspiring writers.straight from the mouths of today's top horror scribes!" -- Rue Morgue Magazine

"Packing more knowledge and sound advice than four years' worth of college courses... It's focused on the root of your evil, the writing itself." -- Fangoria Magazine

"Entertaining, informative, and also plain old fun, this book will not only make you want to write more, it will give you the tools to write better. This should be mandatory reading in creative writing classes." -- Horror World

And, besides the quotes listed here, this latest edition features over thirty positive blurbs pertaining to Writers Workshop, all by noted members of the Horror Writers Association.



Michele Lee, Reviewed for MonsterLibrarian.com

FIVE STARS * * * * *

Imagine taking a college writing class where each day a new, experienced writer shuffles in, lectures the class on a new aspect of storytelling and writing, before walking away without another word, leaving the budding writers to digest and utilize the information as they like. Or perhaps two walk in, one interviewing the other, leaving you privy to what seems like intimate, insider knowledge. This is Writers Workshop of Horror. A comprehensive collection of essays on the writing process, each with a different style and voice, all merely suggesting to the reader how things might be done. A quiet relaying of information and experience, with no distractions, no argumentative interruptions and no demand to follow exactly in the teacher's footsteps.

Writers Workshop of Horror has a lot to offer to new and even experienced authors, without the drama or distraction of a tradition writing class or workshop. Each author's voice comes through with strength and clarity. Priceless information and experience, not just for horror writers, but for all writers in general, sit on these pages. More helpful than most how to writing books out there (as long as you can tolerate sometimes gruesome examples of storytelling concepts) this book should be an essential resource for all libraries wishing to support writers, whether hobbyists or pros.