Some of the most enduring female characters in literature were created by male authors—Miss Havisham and Madame Defarge (Charles Dickens), Becky Sharp (William Makepeace Thackeray), Anna Karenina (Leo Tolstoy), and Daisy Miller (Henry James). Almost any list of memorable literary heroines is top-heavy with female-centric titles written by men, from Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary to …

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And so life goes on. I work from home, in my day job and writing. This has its advantages, like not having to do battle with public transport every day.  But it’s got its disadvantages too, one being that I work in what used to be my elder daughter’s bedroom.  It’s in the front of …

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Fall is in full swing here in New Jersey. The leaves are at peak or just past it and I’m starting to feel that tug to burrow into someplace warm with a good book. :) But my work here at LSQ beckons, too, and so I’m rounding up this week’s posts for your enjoyment. (Don’t …

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Last month we talked about the importance of location in horror, and this time I want to talk about characters. Not ALL characters – horror has a certain set of ‘rules’ about its characters, so I want to break it down to talk about a very specific type of character; The Antagonist. There are different …

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As readers of this blog know, I LOVE so much of the new speculative fiction being published for young adult audiences these days, but sometimes you just gotta go back to the classics! I recently read House of Stairs by William Sleator which was first published in 1974 and was kinda blown away by it. …

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You can split the world into three categories: the Kimye haters, the people who pretend they don’t know what Kimye is, and Kimye lovers. Cut the first two out of your life. That probably includes your parents. Replace them with Brodie Lancaster. On her website, blog, and twitter Lancaster doesn’t shy away from her love …

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Sometimes you start reading a comic book and wonder if it was really worth the cover price. It happens occasionally, but instead of being a bad thing, it’s actually rather good and I’ll tell you why. Part of the beauty of comics (at least when you read single issues) is that you don’t know what …

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The problem with autobiography is that it is asymptotic: the writer may come as close as possible to telling a complete story, but the truth itself is untouchable simply because the living writer knows neither the end, nor the themes that will become apparent once the end has transpired. One person’s full autobiography may only …

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After a week off, I’m back with your recap (which you can get via email!) of the great stuff I’ve had the pleasure of sharing with you this week. I’ll briefly recap the posts from last week as well, because there were no slouches in the batch! So, last week, Cathrin Hagey explored the long …

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Last month I talked about a series of interviews I’d done with a group of people who identify as fans / belonging to fandoms. The two questions I focused on last time were: Why do you consider yourself a fan? And: What do you feel like you get out of belonging to a fandom? This …

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