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Kindle Fire: Is it Amazon's Edsel?

Kindle Fire: Is it Amazon's Edsel? | Writing Darkly | Scoop.it

When I saw Kindle's Fire, my immediate reaction was "goota have one," but I admit, I was skeptical of some of its features. Even now I still here mixed reviews. Me? I like the old Kindle, the one that does nothing more than read books.

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Books With Soundtracks: The Future of Reading?

Books With Soundtracks: The Future of Reading? | Writing Darkly | Scoop.it
The new website Booktrack is one of many recent attempts to combine music and literature...
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Banned Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books of the Last Two Decades

Banned Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books of the Last Two Decades | Writing Darkly | Scoop.it
When a high school in Missouri recently banned Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut's story of World War II as told through a science fiction lens, for creating "false conceptions of American history and government," the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial (Take...
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Science fiction reflects the extremes of human belief

Science fiction reflects the extremes of human belief | Writing Darkly | Scoop.it
Liz Williams: It is in the extreme that we learn about the consequences – both positive and negative – of faith in our own day (Science fiction reflects the extremes of human belief | Liz Williams http://t.co/3OZEzs3 via @guardian #SkytaleWriter...)...
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THE HOUSE OF STERNBERG: From The Little Beastiary

THE HOUSE OF STERNBERG: From The Little Beastiary | Writing Darkly | Scoop.it
I think it's important to contribute to our collective paranoia. Between the stories of what is actually in our tacos, or tales of the newest computer virus, this little fellow should give us another thing to think about when we're scratching that mosquito bite, or wondering if there is something crawling along the pillow toward an accessible nostril.
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Why we'll never have innovative e-books

Why we'll never have innovative e-books | Writing Darkly | Scoop.it
Push Pop Press, an e-publishing startup founded by ex-Apple engineers Mike Matas and Kimon Tsinteris, has announced its acquisition by Facebook.
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Night Vision- new fiction by Stewart Sternberg

Night Vision- new fiction by Stewart Sternberg | Writing Darkly | Scoop.it
The launch of a new online magazine features a short story by Stewart Sternberg, author of THE RAVENING. The new story, Night Vision, set in the deep south, is a dark tale about voodoo and supernatural retribution.
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FANGORIA® - America's Horror Magazine

FANGORIA® - America's Horror Magazine | Writing Darkly | Scoop.it
I've been a fan of Fangoria Magazine for some time. It's website is worth a peek as well. According to their PR--"Fangoria is America's Horror Magazine, your best source for horror movies, horror movie news, horror movie reviews, horror comics, horror previews, horror interviews, horror reviews, horror forums and more."

Maybe, or maybe not, but fans of horror will want to swing by and take a look see.
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THE HOUSE OF STERNBERG: Once More Unto The Breach

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What is Stewart Sternberg, the author of THE RAVENING, up to? Nothing Good.
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Man Builds His Own Iron Man Suit, Wears It In To Work - CinemaBlend.com

Man Builds His Own Iron Man Suit, Wears It In To Work - CinemaBlend.com | Writing Darkly | Scoop.it
I love it when people take things over the top. Whether it's the pudgy guy in the Tron suit who often shows up at sci-fi conventions, or the guy arrested for dressing as Spider-Man and scaling great heights, I love when people actively engage in wish fulfillment. And maybe, this guy will even make some decent money at it.
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The 10 Most Puzzling Ancient Artifacts

The 10 Most Puzzling Ancient Artifacts | Writing Darkly | Scoop.it
Over the last few hundred years, many perplexing artifacts have been unearthed that do not fit the currently accepted theories of geology and the history of man.
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Seeing Teenagers As We Wish They Were: The Debate Over YA Fiction : Monkey See : NPR

Seeing Teenagers As We Wish They Were: The Debate Over YA Fiction : Monkey See : NPR | Writing Darkly | Scoop.it
A current debate looks at whether young adult fiction is too dark. But in fact, many of us remember reading very, very dark books as teenagers, whether anyone called them "YA" or not.
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Peerbackers | Apex Publications lands national distribution deal

Peerbackers | Apex Publications lands national distribution deal | Writing Darkly | Scoop.it
The folks at Apex have grown quite a bit in the last couple years and are poised to take another major step in development. This deal for national distribution should help put their product in more hands and reward a great group of people.
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THE HOUSE OF STERNBERG: All Writers Are Mentalists

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Observation is the key to being a good writer, or it's at least the first step. The trick, is being able to take that information, deduce what is important and not important in the development of fiction, and then pass that information along to the reader, often without letting the reader know you're doing it. Magic!

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Richard Matheson remembers his good friend Charles Beaumont | Cinefantastique Online

Richard Matheson remembers his good friend Charles Beaumont | Cinefantastique Online | Writing Darkly | Scoop.it

Art evolves, and forgetting the way one has come can deprive us of rich experiences. Charles Beaumont died young, but his wit and creativity made a mark in genre and lets us imagine what more might have come from this writer in his prime.

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Richard Wiseman on Debunking the Paranormal

Richard Wiseman on Debunking the Paranormal | Writing Darkly | Scoop.it

Some people would think it is counter-intuitive for an author of supernatural horror to publish information which supports a rational and skeptical view of the paranormal. However, I would argue that the more things are explained away, the more fascinating becomes the inexplicable. Here's a bit about why one professor believes mediums, spoon-bending, and near-death and out-of-body experiences to be so much hooey.

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THE HOUSE OF STERNBERG: Trailers From Hell

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Director Joe Dante and his friends have provided fans with access to an astonishing treasure trove of film trailers. This is the stuff of dreams. Trailers, at once kitschy and inspired art, are often the spark to ignite memory in the avid filmgoer.
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Ralan.com - Home Page

Ralan.com - Home Page | Writing Darkly | Scoop.it
I LOVE Ralan. If you are a genre author and haven't been here before, what the heck are you waiting for? Want to see the newest markets? Got a story perfect for an anthology, either for the love or for pro pay? This Bram Stoker award winning website deserves all the love it gets.
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Absolutely*Kate whispers (nourishingly): "IF YOU FEED THEM, THEY WILL COME" > Promoting Articles With RSS Feeds

Absolutely*Kate whispers (nourishingly): "IF YOU FEED THEM, THEY WILL COME" > Promoting Articles With RSS Feeds | Writing Darkly | Scoop.it
Discover why promoting your articles with RSS feeds is so powerful to get more traffic.
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Writer Unboxed » Five MUST-DO Book Publicity Tips

Writer Unboxed » Five MUST-DO Book Publicity Tips | Writing Darkly | Scoop.it
Great advice about promoting one's writing. I know, I know..we all want a publisher to take our work and run with it, but unless we're willing to get involved in marketing ourselves, we're going to find the road an uphill battle. A great blog entry here and well worth a read.
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EXCLUSIVE: Ghost Evidence Found - CBS 21

EXCLUSIVE: Ghost Evidence Found - CBS 21 | Writing Darkly | Scoop.it
EXCLUSIVE: Ghost Evidence FoundCBS 21A local paranormal team claims it found evidence of ghosts inside of a historic Harrisburg home and they showed that evidence only to CBS 21 News.
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Hatsune Miku: Japanese HOLOGRAPH Plays Sold Out Concerts; Science Fiction Comes To Life (VIDEO)

Hatsune Miku: Japanese HOLOGRAPH Plays Sold Out Concerts; Science Fiction Comes To Life (VIDEO) | Writing Darkly | Scoop.it
In what is surely a terrible omen not only for musicians but also the continued existence of the world as we know it, holographs are now playing sold out concerts in, where else, Japan.
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Innsmouth Free Press

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An interesting look at Lovecraftian writing, or at least a starting point for discussion about what elements can be seen within that genre niche. If you haven't spent time visiting the excellent site which is innsmouthfreepress.com, then this is a fine introduction.
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THE HOUSE OF STERNBERG: Review: AREA 51

THE HOUSE OF STERNBERG: Review: AREA 51 | Writing Darkly | Scoop.it
A good book to put on your summer reading list..or any reading list. This is a fascinating look at a piece of American culture and mythology, and while it doesn't shock, it does occasionally tantalize with some of the information delivered.
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Gaiman’s American Gods Set to Become HBO’s Next Genre Series

Gaiman’s American Gods Set to Become HBO’s Next Genre Series | Writing Darkly | Scoop.it
Gaiman's American Gods Set to Become HBO's Next Genre Series...How will this magnificent work of fiction translate into a miniseries? I'll grant you HBO will be the venue to pull it off if anyone can, but I'm not convinced. This is a brilliant work, where the prose is critical to the quality of the narrative. Making it a series is going to be a challenge. A director will have to reinvent it. And if they do that, then is it really "American Gods?"
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