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In Conversation: Jack Ketchum and Laurie Lamson

Tuesday April 15, 2014
07:00 pm

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Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror dominate today’s pop culture. America can’t get enough of the imaginative worlds created by speculative fiction authors—from The Hunger Games to Game of Thrones to American Horror Story. With so many writers working to create the next great genre piece, what makes these break-out stories stand out?

 

Laurie Lamson, editor of the new NOW WRITE! Science Fiction Fantasy and Horror book of writing exercises, discussed this topic with crime writer Jack Ketchum. They covered Ketchum's personal writing background, as well as advice for new writers.

 

About NOW WRITE! Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror (Tarcher/Penguin)

NOW WRITE! Science Fiction Fantasy and Horror gives aspiring writers the tools they need to craft an engaging alternate reality designed to transport, transfix, or terrify their readers. The fifth volume in the acclaimed NOW WRITE! series of writing guides, NOW WRITE! Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror offers practical advice and exercises from some of today’s top speculative genre writers, including:

 

  • - Harlan Ellison® on how to craft the perfect story title
  • - Piers Anthony on how to make fantastical characters feel genuine and real
  • - Aimee Bender on using unexpected imagery and symbols
  • - Ramsey Campbell on what your writing doesn’t need
  • - Jack Ketchum on how economy of language helps create a truly frightening tale

 

Packed with input from the pros—including the screenwriters of The Twilight Zone and Star Trek: The Next Generation, and numerous Nebula, Hugo, Edgar, and Bram Stoker award winners—NOW WRITE! Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror is an indispensable guide for any writer looking to break free from the ordinary. 

 

 

Jack Ketchum is the author of thirteen novels, five of which have been filmed: The Lost, The Girl Next Door, Red, Offspring, and The Woman, the latter written with filmmaker Lucky McKee, and which won them Best Screenplay at the Sitges Film Festival in Germany. He is also the author of dozens of essays, screenplays, novellas, and short stories. He is the four-time winner of the Bram Stoker Award, a Shirley Jackson Award nominee, and was elected Grand Master of the 2011 World Horror Convention. He lives with cats. Proof of that can be found in his little book of poetry, Notes From The Cat House.

 

Laurie Lamson is the editor of Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror and co-editor of Now Write! Screenwriting and Now Write! Mysteries. She has written 5 screenplays and 25 short promo or educational scripts on assignment, including 4 interactive projects for the National Museum of the U.S. Army (open 2017). She was co-writer, director and editor of Demo Delgado's Live and Learn, an award-winning reggae music video, now on Tempo Networks, and a short metaphysical romance Eternal Waltz (in post-production) She enjoys sharing her passion for screenwriting as telecon host for the Intl. Screenwriters' Association.