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The Slaughtered Lamb

Inspired (sort of) by this article about 1981 werewolf movies from the Los Angeles Review of Books, I wanted to talk about the movie An American Werewolf in London. In 1981 I was 15 and lived way the heck out there in suburbia with no fellow horror fans around, so I didn’t have any practical way to watch horror movies new in the theater. But I was a dedicated watcher of Siskel & Ebert, and sometimes they would review a movie that I wanted to see with such fervor that the desire still resonates, decades later. A lot of these…

Overthinking Lyrics: Duran Duran: Girls on Film

Welcome back to our ongoing series, Overthinking Lyrics! Lindsey and Julie listen far too closely to another Duran Duran song. This time, it’s Girls on Film. Lindsey Witch: Girls on Film, one of their bigger early hits, was pretty controversial due to the video. Julie Witch: Even without the video I always assumed it was about porn. Or about how modeling might as well be porn. LW: Yeah, the song is a tad racy. The video flies past racy to weird with naked women. The full version has nudity, and even the one they could show on MTV has suggestive…

This Is Not A Halloween Blog About Vampires

It’s that time of year, I know: the spooky season.  Goth Christmas, if you will.

What kind of goth? That’s a silly question.  Now where was I?

Oh, yes, it’s the time of year when the world is full of ghosts and pumpkins, witches and spiders. When creepies are crawling everywhere, and vampires are moving among the mortals.

But this is not a blog post about vampires.

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Write-a-thon update!

Pictured above: some of my notebooks from the 2006 Clarion West writing worksh0p. (I’ve been doing bullet journals for a long time, baby!) Also, I write about editing, over here at gothhouse.org

The werewolf of Sorrow Hall

This idea tickled me so much I took it as a writing prompt: Okay but now I want to do an anthology of SFF pulp stories that all begin with a college lit prof in a bad marriage in love with his student. In one story, she's a succubus. In another, she's a serial killer. In another, they're abducted by aliens. Title: THE KING OF SORROW HALL. — Delilah S. Dawson (@DelilahSDawson) March 9, 2018 I knew instantly what kind of story she was talking about, because I was once a young female lit student. I never had any male…

How to Write a Book Review – Easy-Peasy

Our own Love Witch/Ms Witch, Jasmine Silvera shared her quick-n-dirty guide to book and story reviews with us. We’re delighted to share it with everyone. Review Writing Cheat Sheet* Be specific Focus on one thing you liked: “I enjoyed the mature relationship built on respect!” Short and Sweet A useful review can be the length of a tweet. Remember “Designer Imposter” Perfume? Comparisons to other books or authors are a great way to help sub-genre lovers: “If you like Ilona Andrews, try this book!” “Negative” Reviews can be Helpful Too Don’t be afraid to say what didn’t work. Being specific…

Overthinking Duran Duran lyrics: Planet Earth

Two of the Witches – Julie and Lindsey – got to see Duran Duran (pop-funk-new wave-new romantic-fancy hair rock gods of our youth) in concert recently. We sang along at top volume until we were hoarse. We knew ALL the lyrics. But we realized, as we listened to the words coming out of our own mouths, that Duran Duran lyrics are frequently bananapants. Lindsey Witch: I mean, what exactly is the Union of the Snake? Why is it on the rise? Julie Witch: I always pictured a caduceus. You know, that doctors’ symbol? I didn’t know why he was singing about…

Witches January Roundup! How do you start your writing year?

Lindsey: Writing Resolutions: I’m not one for New Year Resolutions, per se. I find they fill me with guilt and shame – and as Daniel José Older tells us, guilt and shame about writing are a good way to talk yourself out of writing. So instead of a resolution, I have a goal. The goal is to write the story. How I get there doesn’t have to be perfect, and isn’t about “Writing Every Day.” It’s about letting myself remember that I love to write. This past year plus I’ve been fighting through a writing funk — fueled by sadness…

Write like the wind! Secrets of winning NaNoWriMo

I won NaNoWriMo with The Bloody Sun and the Black Moon! I reached word count last Monday (November 20, 2017) which is a good thing, since I never get anything written when I’m visiting my family, which I did for Thanksgiving this year. Actually, unless I’m specifically attending a writing retreat, I never really get any writing done when I’m traveling, period. Which is one of those things I want to make note of, and plan around. This is the third year in a row that I’ve hit word count and I believe I have Annie Bellet to thank. At…