Speculative Fiction merging Non-fiction, History and Horror

Create a story, with some element of horror. An even that would give you nightmares, if it happened to you.

Don’t start with a family photograph. I think that would be a bit creepy, for you and your family. Find an old photograph, black and white works well for the dramatic effect. Also, anyone in the photograph is likely no longer living, if it really is an old photo.… Read the rest

Unending Cliffhangers in Canadian Science Fiction Television

Most of the Canadian science fiction television show I have ever watched end in cliffhangers which are never resolved because the show gets cancelled. You can find and watch them over and over again here and there but there will never be a real ending. Unending, never ending cliffhangers.

Its not that I need a happy ending every time.… Read the rest

Will You Be Allowed to Vote?

Tomorrow is the Canadian federal election. I already voted, early. Tonight I’m wondering, in this new democracy where people are allowed to make one choice only, call it coerced, whatever word you like. Will this be our last election?

First, I thought about future elections requiring a vaccine passport. Only those who have been vaccinated several times (with “the vaccine” not all those other vaccines, they just don’t count now) will be allowed to vote.… Read the rest

Making Much of a Dent

I don’t think anyone volunteers to be forgettable, or forgotten. Maybe in some fictional story, but fiction doesn’t count.

But, just like we can’t know everything or meet and know every person (even just those alive while we are) we are going to be forgotten. It’s not something to make anyone feel particularly happy but, the good thing is, you won’t be here to know about it.… Read the rest

Something That Hasn’t Been Written About

People say everything has already been explored. They’re wrong of course. There are oceans (literally) of places yet to be explored. The deep ocean, outer space, microscopic things, the human brain, and probably others which I’m just not thinking of right now.

With writing… I think it is much harder to find new places to explore in writing.

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I Love a Good House

If my life had gone differently in my earlier years I think I would have become an architect. I love buildings and all the trimmings. I’m still trying to teach myself all the right names for the parts of buildings. I go out and take photos of old buildings, mainly derelict farm houses here in Ontario.… Read the rest

Putting Yourself on the Page?

I think the real reason I’m having trouble writing fiction is that I can’t put myself on the page. I’m not sure where my own story ends, or how to make it work, so I can’t give someone else a story either.

Just my little thought for the day, almost noon but still early enough to be morning.

Fairy Tales and Sub Genres

This is a great list. I haven’t heard of all of these, most of them, but not all. As a reader do you like to pin down your style of fiction or does it matter more when you are writing it?

  • Cyberpunk

  • Dystopian

  • Erotica

  • Spy Thriller

  • Southern Gothic

  • Satire

  • Urban Fantasy

  • Space Horror

  • Space Opera

  • Young Adult Contemporary

  • “Grimdark” Fantasy

  • Psychological Horror

  • Hard Sci-Fi

  • Slasher Film

  • Ecothriller

  • Sword & Sorcery

  • Lovecraftian

  • Zombie Apocalypse

  • Superhero

  • Detective

via Flash Fiction Challenge: Fairy Tales, Remixed « terribleminds: chuck wendig.