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Diabolica Britannica

The Covid-19 pandemic has certainly had a significant impact on the world. A topic that will be discussed for countless years to come, many will talk about the death, destruction and havoc that it caused. However, the pandemic is not all doom and gloom. It has also unearthed a long-forgotten camaraderie that we, as humans, possess. Fundraising, compassion and unity has become a way of life these past few months and it doesn’t look set to end any time soon.

The Diabolica Britannica, is another prime example of all of these traits. Bringing together 14 great authors, the anthology is the brainchild of Keith Anthony Baird. The charitable collection offers an immediate incentive to buy, as all profits go to the NHS! If that alone entices you, links to purchase the anthology are at the bottom of the page. But wait, there’s more!

Diabolica Britannica

Synopsis

Diabolica Britannica is a collection of 14 dark tales from the dark isles. It features contributions from the following authors: Adam L G Nevill, Tim Lebbon, Keith Anthony Baird, John F Leonard, Morgan K Tanner, Arthur M Harper, Christopher Henderson, Beverley Lee, Sarah E England, Catherine McCarthy, Stephanie Ellis, Janine Pipe, Sarah J Budd and Alyson Faye.

Horror maestro Ramsey Campbell provides a foreword, giving us an insight into what kind of terror the subsequent pages contain. From there the anthology starts with a hard-hitting tale from Catherine McCarthy and ups the pace with every story from there on! Now, ordinarily we’d focus on the stories that stand out from the rest. Yet, each one is genuinely as good as the last! From beautifully descriptive narratives, to tense, nail biting tales, Diabolica Britannica has it all. Whether you’re a blood and gore ghoul, purveyor of the paranormal or just love a good old fashioned Lovecraftian prose, this anthology is for you!

Overrall, the Diabolica Britannica is a great read for any horror fan. Not only that, but you can also bask in the knowledge that you’re contributing to a worthy cause!

You can purchase the books using the following links;

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The Horror Writer
The Horror Writer

The Horror Writer: A Study of Craft and Identity in the Horror Genre. Coined as “The most definitive guide into the trials and tribulations of being a horror writer since Stephen King’s ‘On Writing’…” Wow, that’s one hell of a claim; one which I was eager to verify.

Compiled and edited by Joe Mynhardt, The Horror Writer was released by Hellbound Books and contains a myriad of essays, interviews and valuable insights by some of the best in the business. Ranging from Bram Stoker Award© winners, bestselling authors, a President of the Horror Writers’ Association and many other distinguished writers, this book can aid anyone wanting to improve their craft. The full list of contributors include;

  • Ramsey Campbell
  • John Palisano
  • Chad Lutzke
  • Lisa Morton
  • Kenneth W. Cain
  • Kevin J. Kennedy
  • Monique Snyman
  • Scott Nicholson
  • Lucy A. Snyder
  • Richard Thomas
  • Gene O’Neill
  • Jess Landry
  • Luke Walker
  • Stephanie M. Wytovich
  • Marie O’Regan
  • Armand Rosamilia
  • Kevin Lucia
  • Ben Eads
  • Kelli Owen
  • Jasper Bark
  • Bret McCormick

I’m sure you recognise a number of big names on that list, all of which bring their own valuable insights/advice to help aid a writer of all levels. The Horror Writer covers a wide variety of topics such as how to connect with your market and carve out a sustainable niche in the independent horror genre, as well as how to tackle the writer’s ever-lurking nemesis of productivity.

Make no mistake, this isn’t a book that you’re going to read from beginning to end in one sitting (I mean, you could if you were inclined), rather it will serve better as a writing companion. The helpful contents section at the beginning of the book allows you to jump to whichever topic you want clarification of, or would like to explore in more depth. Writing good horror stories with powerful, effectives scenes, realistic flowing dialogue and reliable characters without resorting to cliched jump scares/gimmicks – it’s all there! The book even covers the delicate subject of handling rejection with good grace, and how to use those inevitable “not quite right for us” letters as an opportunity to hone your craft.

I know you’re probably sold at this point and have already jumped to the link at the end of this article to go buy a copy, but wait… There’s more!

There are also a number of perceptive interviews to provide an intimate peek into the psyche of the horror author and the challenges they work through. The authors interviewed include:

  • Steve Rasnic Tem
  • Stephen Graham Jones
  • David Owain Hughes
  • Tim Waggoner
  • Mort Castle

And, as if that – and so much more – was not enough, the book also contains Ramsey Campbell’s beautifully insightful analysis of the tales of HP Lovecraft. What more could you want?

Make no mistake, regardless of your writing ability – whether you’ve never written a book but always considered it, or if you’ve penned over 20 novels – The Horror Writer can be a useful aid for everyone.

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