Writing in the Dark: The Workbook

by Tim Waggoner
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    ISBN: 978-1-947879-45-4

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Writing in the Dark: The Workbook received the 2022 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Non-Fiction

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Like Tim Waggoner’s Bram Stoker Award-winning Writing in the Dark, a manual for how to write horror fiction, this workbook covers a wide variety of topics, ranging from monster, idea, and plotline creation to avoiding clichés and developing the art of suspense. The workbook, however, foregrounds practice over discussion to help writers master these concepts. Both texts stand on their own while working together to provide you with the direction and tools you need to maximize your own authorship.

The wealth of examples, exercises, and tutorials in Writing in the Dark: The Workbook are designed to inspire and stretch the imagination. Waggoner draws from his own experiences in addition to other professional writers, among them Laird Barron, Maurice Broaddus, Nadia Bulkin, Ramsey Campbell, Mort Castle, Tananarive Due, Christopher Golden, Grady Hendrix, Daniel Kraus, Joe R. Lansdale, Elizabeth Massie, Graham Masterton, Seanan McGuire, John Shirley, and many others.

Featuring an introduction by Michael A. Arnzen, Writing in the Dark: The Workbook will resonate with young authors who are just getting started on their careers as well as veterans of the horror genre and craft.


What They’re Saying

“The overall value here is that you’re not alone. You’re with an award-winning horror author and professor, and you’re being asked questions to help develop your style and your preference. You’re not being told what to do, per se. You’re being helped to explore the wide field of horror and you have Waggoner there with you, as well as dozens of other horror authors who have provided wonderful insights in their interviews.”—Cynthia Pelayo, The Shoemaker’s Magician