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Chain of Evil: JOURNALSTONE'S GUIDE TO WRITING DARKNESS (edició 2014)

de Dr. Michael R. Collings

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Chain of Evil: The JournalStone Guide to Writing Darkness, by Michael R. Collings, approaches the question of writing from multiple directions. The essays in this volume range from the abstract and philosophical to the concrete and specific; from reminiscences as they relate to the art of writing to near-scholarly studies of the nature of genre, in particular horror; and from general discussions of literary forms and what they can achieve to practical advice on where to place commas, exclamation marks, and quotation marks. Dr. Collings' expertise emerges from nearly thirty years teaching writing and composition at the university level, gaining acclaim as an astute voice in science-fiction, fantasy, and horror studies, as well as from the more than one hundred books novels, scholarship, collections of poetry and short fiction, criticism, and bibliographies he has published over the past four decades.… (més)
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Títol:Chain of Evil: JOURNALSTONE'S GUIDE TO WRITING DARKNESS
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In my library this is cataloged as a writing tutorial. It's a collection of essays by a man who writes and teaches writing exploring the concept of evil and how it is best presented.

Dr. Michael Collings is a prolific writer, characterizing himself as having written "well over one hundred books, including fiction, non-fiction, bibliographies, and verse; hundreds of individual chapters, articles, and reviews; and nearly 2,500 poems, long and short". Not all of this work is derived from deep thought and hard effort.

The essays in this book should be approached as musings on horror with some instruction on writing horror. Some of the essays seem trivial to me but might resonate with you. I would not go out of my way to acquire this book.

I received a review copy of "Chain of Evil: JournalStone’s Guide to Writing Darkness" by Dr. Michael R. Collings (JournalStone) through LibraryThing.com. ( )
  Dokfintong | Jan 13, 2019 |
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I’ve had a mixed experience with the books that JournalStone publishes. The last JournalStone book I received through LibraryThing‘s Early Reviewer program didn’t do much for me. On the other hand, I found Mr. October to be a fairly strong collection and I have high hopes for JournalStone’s latest collection Out of Tune (it’s edited by Jonathan Maberry and contains a story from Seanan McGuire, among others–how can I not?).

Unfortunately, Michael Collings’ Chain of Evil is another that falls into the former category. I was hopeful when I first requested it. I’d like to write more horror. A book that claims to be a “guide to writing darkness” seemed like something I should have. And it’s not utterly useless. However, it’s not completely useful either.

Let me explain.

Chain of Evil is a collection of essays written over the course of Dr. Collings’ career as a professor teaching creative writing and as a horror writer. The topics (of which there are many) range from general ideas of what horror is and where it comes from to the nitty-gritty of very basic grammar.

Some of these essays are quite helpful. I found the chapters on dialogue tags and “saying more with little” to be especially good reminders. For a beginning writer, many more chapters might be handy.

That said, I found a lot of the essays to be rather old-hat, somewhat dull, and filled with more autobiography than horror writing analysis. Stephen King made this work in his classic On Writing. It didn’t work for me here.

Another disappointment I had with Chain of Evil were the writing examples Collings chose to use. While he does quote some of the authors he declares to be the masters of the field (Lovecraft, King, Koontz, Maberry), he mostly quotes his own writing, as well as his son’s, neither of which impressed me. It didn’t help that he argues with Amazon reviews criticizing his work. I found that to be an extremely tacky choice.

And let’s not speak of him sticking up for Orson Scott Card. The less said of that, the better.

In general, I found myself finishing essay after essay wondering “What does this have to do with writing horror?” I was hoping for something with more meat on its bones than this collection, something more inspiring, especially from someone with such a long history in writing and in the genre of horror itself. I didn’t find it here. ( )
  MFenn | Apr 22, 2018 |
Did not receive the early review copy.
  homericgeek | Aug 1, 2017 |
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I got about halfway through the book before deciding to quit. It’s not a bad look at writing in the horror genre, per se, but I strongly disagree with much of Collings’ point of view and “rules” of writing. Also, since it mostly comprised of a collection of essays, the book as a whole was not as cohesive as I would have liked. Therefore, since I found myself experiencing varying degrees of annoyance and disinterest while reading, I decided to move on to other reading.
  andreablythe | Aug 9, 2016 |
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Michael Colings does a fine job bringing together the more scholarly approach with the art approach to horror. Not only is this book important to the ongoing discipline of writing in some peoples' lives, but it also allows for a wide range of respect to be given this oft-times maligned genre - horror.

The "best books" and "best movies" lists almost never include horror.
Maybe this fact will start to change now with the attention given by Collings in CHAIN OF EVIL! ( )
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Chain of Evil: The JournalStone Guide to Writing Darkness, by Michael R. Collings, approaches the question of writing from multiple directions. The essays in this volume range from the abstract and philosophical to the concrete and specific; from reminiscences as they relate to the art of writing to near-scholarly studies of the nature of genre, in particular horror; and from general discussions of literary forms and what they can achieve to practical advice on where to place commas, exclamation marks, and quotation marks. Dr. Collings' expertise emerges from nearly thirty years teaching writing and composition at the university level, gaining acclaim as an astute voice in science-fiction, fantasy, and horror studies, as well as from the more than one hundred books novels, scholarship, collections of poetry and short fiction, criticism, and bibliographies he has published over the past four decades.

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