It's the most wonderful time of year; the leaves are changing, the air has a chill, and no one bats an eye when I pepper everyday conversations with subjects like ghosts. This year, I thought I'd have some fun counting down to the 31st and recommend some of my favorite spooky stories to read leading up to Halloween. The stories range from the literary to the avant-garde, digital-only to print, but they all have one thing in common; they're off the beaten path and are sure to spook the pants off of you
A guest post by author M.A. Koontz
How many times have we, as writers, heard “write what you know” and you’ll do just fine? It almost becomes a mantra in many writing circles. I agree that it has its merits, but I think the definition of “what you know” can be stretched a bit, or maybe a lot, when it comes to fiction.
Allow me to explain myself. I recently authored the book, Shards of Trust, a short thriller set in the Midwest. I am comfortably familiar with this background having lived in both Indiana and Illinois my entire life. Check: “write what you know.”
But the plot includes numerous scenes involving a deep conspiracy in the medical field that puts profits over children’s lives. Which box do I check? Here is where the stretch comes in.