To their knees the fell men bent
Their manhood sold, their courage spent
To herd, en masse, their movements ran
For of them all, the same demand
That everyone should bow and scrape
To each other, no escape
No Rising High, no better god
Submission’s slave and worldly shod
Their only prayer to king or queen
The present age their only dream
Out of their mouths come feckless oaths
From their hands spring deeds to loathe
No shame, no guilt, and no reform
Repentance laboured, and stillborn
Deceit a crown for cunning heads
Their dawn as dark as creeping dread
Their craft disguised, but inward bred
Their soul’s surmise, that “God is Dead
To be replaced with urbane art
The bane cum blessing, bitter hearts
Society their altared grave
To seize and offer what they gave
Back to themselves while it will last
Though of rot their bid is cast
For all that man can build and sow
He cannot his redemption grow
He thinks him “Wise Sophisticate
To lure on Good, himself the bait
He does not know he stinks of Death
To Doom he’s drawn, his own bequest, and
The Physic True who could arrest
Who’d Cure decay within his breast, why
What self-wise man has any truck
With God or Savior when to luck
He trusts his Fortune, built by hand, his
Only Truth that man is man –

That god within – without a Plan.

31 Days of Horror Prompts for October #24

Author Amanda McCormick


I told you guys that I would try to incorporate your previous writing into this prompt. I did some thinking – if you don’t have previous work, just apply it to a character from scratch.

Prompt #24

Your main character has suddenly been dropped into their worst nightmare.
What is it?

Oh, this actually sounds extremely interesting, even for me. I really can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with! It’s a good practice for NaNoWriMo – you can do it for your as of yet undeveloped characters. Get a little development going!

I hope that you guys enjoyed the prompts. Make sure if you end up writing one of them that you link back to me! At the end of the month, I’ll get a compilation fo all of the prompts posted up, so that everyone can see what we’ve done together during the month!

Until next time…

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Great Resources: The Better Novel Project

KJ Middleton

better-novel-project-logoI suppose that every writer has their favourite resources because every writer needs a place to turn for a bit of help from time to time. A great resource could be anything from a non-fiction book about writing, to a website or a novel (or series of novels) that you turn to for inspiration, to just about any other source under the sun. This post is the first in a series I plan to post about once a month giving you my resource top tips.

This past week I have turned my back on my WIP and turned my attention to my NaNoWriMo project. It is only just over a week to go, after all.

My 2016 NaNoWriMo project is a Young Adult novel. I had this idea a little while ago and it just works so well in the genre. The only trouble is that I’ve never written in the…

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The Mythology Conference Is On!

The Life & Times of Miguel Olmedo Morell


It’s here!

It has started!

It’s the IV International Conference of Myth Criticism!

Do you like The Lord of the Rings? Do you like Star Wars? Do you like John William Waterhouse? Those were just some of the topics we have talked about today—come on in and I’ll tell you all about it!

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Kelly Link’s Magic for Beginners – Review

Monsters in Eden

9780007242009 Source: Harpercollins UK

Kelly Link’s award-winning short story collection, Magic for Beginners, whisks the reader along a meandering trail through several unique and inventive twists on the fantastical. Strands of myth, sci-fi and fable commingle with characters who yearn, mock, steal and bicker throughout these nine stories. That might not seem like many but, once read, they leave the reader with the impression of having travelled through twice as many worlds as they signed up for. It’s a collection that buzzes with ideas, sometimes whimsical, sometimes startling. Where another author may be content with one concept, stringing it out over a narrative arc of the same length, Link’s stories often juggle many notions at once, jettisoning a rich flood of dream-sparks that can live and die in the space of a page. Some of these ideas are given flesh and bone, others merely cast a lingering shadow, yet all…

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7 Spooky Tales from England’s Haunted Castles

Heritage Calling

Many of England’s historic buildings and monuments set an inspiring backdrop for mysterious tales of paranormal activity, their rich heritage feeding into narratives passed through generations. This Halloween we’re taking a look at how tales enjoyed at this time of year, of witches, ghosts, vampires and ghouls are knitted into English folklore, making their mark on our culture and historical places.

Here are 7 spooky stories linked to some of England’s oldest castles.

The Vampire of Alnwick Castle, Northumberland

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Writing in the 12th century, historian William of Newburgh chronicled how a former master of medieval Alnwick Castle would rise from his underground tomb and prowl the streets of the town at night, causing terror and disease. In panic, the local people dug up his shallow grave, revealing a bloated corpse which, when pierced with a spade, disgorged fresh blood, proving to them that it was…

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