Insight Into Writing A Comedic Anti-Hero

29 07 2015

From Ignatius O’Reilly to Blackadder to well, pick any other Brit-Com:

“The keys to keeping Sunny palatable through all the sordidness is that the gang can never win, and that the show can never allow them to be truly sympathetic. The gang are all underdogs, which should lend them pathos. Yet they all harbor delusions of enormous self-worth, which causes them to act superior to each other and the rest of the world, and they lash out in unpredictably destructive ways when those delusions are punctured. If any member of the gang comes out on top in a particular episode, it’s at the expense of one or more of the others, and their victory only comes about through actions viewers can never truly get behind.”

I would add “…never win on their terms, for themselves.” A comedy anti-hero can create good for others, but by accident. The anti-hero can’t come out on top, otherwise his warped values go from funny to gruesome.





Links! Horror and Writing Links!

24 07 2015

Five Paranormal Books You Haven’t Read Yet

Classical Monsters You Haven’t Heard Of (Some Are In AD&D, More Are Ready For Your Next Big Masterwork)

Body Horror In Advertising (Lots Of Videos)

Clever and Incisive Reviews Of Classic Horror Novels

 





Why Don’t We Have A NASA For The Afterlife?

22 07 2015

Here’s yet another academic paper describing Near-Death Experiences.
Humanity is ruled by Death. Speculations about the afterlife have launched all religions, and in turn all governments and law. To paraphrase “American Me”: whoever owns the afterlife, owns Life.
This makes Death far more important than Space.
What would a National Afterlife Science Administration look like? Its logo? What would be its Cape Kennedy? Its Shuttle Disaster?

 





New Story Published In DarkFuse Kindle Book

17 07 2015

Editor Shane Staley of DarkFuse included my crime noir story “To Get Past It” in the new release “DarkFuse 3″.

What do the readers say?

“TO GET PAST IT was a good little revenge story with a couple nice hooks to it.”

“The L.R. Bonehill and Tim W. Burke stories are recommended, so if two good ones is enough for you check it out.”

Have a look at the summaries for the other stories. A nice range of chills and $2.99 is a good deal. I’m buying a copy.

darkfuse3

 





Best British Horror 2015 edited by Johnny Mains

11 07 2015

Best British Horror 2015 edited by Johnny Mains.





The “Open Graves Open Minds” Gothic Studies Project

10 07 2015

Undead Studies.





The One Piece of Advice That Made Me A Better Writer

9 07 2015

Is not about writing. It’s about pride in your work and the threshold of what you will do for your work.
This advice made me send my work to loftier markets, where I was surprised to be accepted. This advice forced me to up my game and not be comfortable with my current skills. This advice found me friends and advisers of high caliber, who have done more and who know more. Editors, pro writers, semi-pro writers all follow this advice.
What small success I have had I owe to this:

Do not work for free. Yes, “for exposure” counts as “free”.








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