Today we’re launching the preorder for WRITING IN THE DARK: THE WORKBOOK! This volume is a follow up to 2020’s Bram Stoker Award winning guidebook WRITING IN THE DARK. Now Tim Waggoner has put together a book filled with exercises to inspire and elevate your horror writing skills. He’s taken the concepts from WRITING IN THE DARK and brought them to life Dr Frankenstein-style.

To celebrate the preorder we’re offering a FREE PDF DOWNLOAD of several exercises from the book.

If you preorder from us (US shipping only) you will receive a limited edition Writing in the Dark sticker or button!

We are also announcing the upcoming WRITING IN THE DARK SYMPOSIUM SPRING EDITION, April 28th-May 1st. It’s a 3 day virtual event featuring workshops, lectures, extensive networking opportunities, and more for writers of horror, thrillers, and dark fantasy.

Confirmed instructors include: Tim Waggoner, Michael A. Arnzen, James Chambers, Crystal Y. Connor, Larissa Glasser, Kerrie Leigh-Grady, Derek Austin Johnson, Jessica McHugh, RJ Joseph, Brian Matthews, John Palisano, Norman Prentiss, Eva Roslin, Brenda S. Tolian & L. Marie Wood.

Get your tickets here.
(StokerCon attendees can contact for a special discount.)

About the Book

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 foregrounds practice over discussion to help writers master these concepts. 

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.

About the Author

Tim Waggoner has published close to forty novels and three 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. In 2017 he received the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Long Fiction, he’s been a finalist for the Shirley Jackson Award and the Scribe Award, and his fiction has received numerous Honorable Mentions in volumes of Best Horror of the Year. He’s also a full-time tenured professor who teaches creative writing and composition at Sinclair College in Dayton, Ohio.