The artist deals in what cannot be said in words. The artist whose medium is fiction does this in words. The novelist says in words what cannot be said in words.

—Ursula K. Le Guin

The standards for horror fiction should be no less than those for ‘serious literary’ fiction in which originality of concept, depth of characters, and attentiveness to language are vitally important.

―Joyce Carol Oates

Hey there, spooky ones! I’m The Countess, and I’m here to give writing advice, especially in the realm of horror. However, I will also focus on all manners of speculative fiction. Writing is one of the greatest types of alchemy, and the great thing about the Internet is that there are hundreds of brilliant writing resources. How is this one different? Rather than focusing on general fiction (though other genres may come into play), the genres that will be mostly explored are horror, fantasy, and science fiction. There will be posts with advice and case studies about what make certain books and films effective, often with a macabre sense of humor. This is a bit different from my more official author site here.

So, if you’re into writing and reading the genres I listed, if you love the likes of Mary Shelley and Clive Barker, polish your wand and clean your cauldron! Don’t worry if you summon the Devil; we’re all friends here.

About the Writer

Name’s Emily. I am a published poet and short story contest winner. While I have written fiction for years, my professional work involves copyediting for my university department, and I previously worked as a social media coordinator. I have a B.A. in English with a minor in professional writing, and I am currently in grad school for applied writing and creative writing. I am also a co-editor for Exhume, a literary magazine that focuses on queer and trans trauma survivors. I like things that are grotesque and pretty, preferably both.

I am bisexual and use she/her and they/their pronouns; I also deal with chronic illness.

My distant relatives executed people, I just execute my characters.