Tagged: Books

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Literature is not innocent

“When one sees one of my pictures, one asks oneself this simple question, “What does it mean?” It does not mean anything, because mystery means nothing either, it is unknowable,” said Rene Magritte about his painting The Lovers. As you understand, we’ll talk about surrealism, but not about Rene Magritte in particular, although he was one of the most plagiarized artists, the true surrealist with witty and unexpected ideas. Today I’d...

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Author Interview – John W. Howell

We chatted with John W. Howell about his new novel Eternal Road: The final stop, the transformation of the heroes, and the meaning behind historical and supernatural elements. 1. What is the significance of the book’s title Eternal Road? The title came to me one day while I was writing one of the scenes. Eternal Road is the avenue to one’s selected spot to spend eternity. The road is well-traveled...

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Aspects of the Novel

No book worth its salt is meant to put you to sleep, it’s meant to make you jump out of bed in your underwear and run and beat the author’s brains out. Bohumil Hrabal, Czech novelist There’s a book called Aspects of the Novel, a series of lectures from E. M. Forster, written in 1927. I haven’t read it myself yet, but I saw a mention about it in the...

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Author Interview – Sabina Gabrielli Carrara

I spoke with Sabina Gabrielli Carrara, the author of The Last Witch, about her tricky plot progression, whether she hates this century or no, and what comes next.  CAUGHT BETWEEN MYSTERY and CRIME 1: We tend to know you as the author of the blog Truly Madly Ordinary and thriller/crime novels Field of Lies and Black Souls. At the end of October 2020, you published your next book, the Seacross mystery...

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What makes a great reader

Read everything – trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it. Then write. If it’s good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out of the window. William Faulkner In every book or story we are reading – we are facing ourselves. As the great J. Joyce said: any novel...

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I write what I can write, when I can write it

What do you think about the title of this post? It does sound like you, doesn’t it? Well, why should you stress yourself with all that bloody writing when there are millions of amazing things online – movies about witches, horror series with zombies, historical romances to-die-for, political chats, blaming humanity tweets… Who is creating all this stuff? How do they do it? You don’t have a damn minute to...

Visionary fiction. What kind of world is possible?

Written by OGUNWUMI ABIMBOLA Visionary fiction is a genre that inculcates the idea of science fiction, magic, fantasy, horror, spirits, alternative timelines, and so much more. It’s quite different than just average science-fiction because of the inclusion of spirituality, mysticism, paranormal themes, and psychic phenomena. We can say it’s the combination of science, magic, and spirituality. Esoteric Ancient Metaphysical Visionary fiction also crosses consciousness expansion themes, which have to deal...

Three spooky stories from Lagos

written by OGUNWUMI ABIMBOLA I grew up in Lagos. There was never a lack of spooky legends and myths to keep us in shape; most likely, they scarred us into behaving properly, but who cares? As long as we behaved well, right? 😉 I’m older now. I can laugh at the audacity of how they tricked and traumatized us with these tales. Back then, when I was within the ages of...