Tim Waggoner is back with more writing tips for dark fiction

Our non-fiction imprint, Guide Dog Books, has signed a new book from Tim Waggoner in the award-winning Writing in the Dark series! This series has a lot of momentum right now since the second book, Writing in the Dark: The Workbook, just won a Bram Stoker award. In fact, all three books in the series so far have been nominated for the award and two have received it.

“Each time we think we’ve covered everything Tim comes up with another unique approach to writing instruction,” says RDSP managing editor Jennifer Barnes. “With the Horror market so hot right now more and more writers are wondering whether they should try writing horror and Tim offers practical ideas and techniques for every experience level.”

In Tell Me a Story Waggoner presents stories from his own publishing career and uses them to illustrate techniques and point out ways to improve. “In both Writing in the Dark and Writing in the Dark: The Workbook, I included a short story of mine and critiqued it based on the principles outlined in those books. Readers responded well to this feature, so I decided to focus a new book on critiquing stories drawn from throughout my career, discussing what worked, what didn’t, and what I might do differently if I had the chance to rewrite the stories. I hope readers will find Let Me Tell You a Story to be as interesting – and most importantly as useful – as its predecessors.”

To capitalize on the buzz around horror and the Writing in the Dark series we plan to get this book out as soon as possible, so expect a cover reveal and preorder to be announced soon with a Fall 2023 release date.

About the Author

Bestselling author Tim Waggoner has published close to fifty novels and seven collections of short stories. He writes original dark fantasy and horror, as well as media tie-ins, and his articles on writing have appeared in numerous publications. He’s won the Bram Stoker Award and been a finalist for the Shirley Jackson Award, the Scribe Award, and the Splatterpunk Award. He’s also a full-time tenured professor who teaches creative writing and composition at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio.