To Each Their Darkness
2010 Stoker Award Winner for Superior Achievement in Nonfiction
Explore the world of writing horror from a Bram Stoker and International Horror Guild award-winning author's point of view. Gary Braunbeck uses film, fiction and life experience to elucidate the finer points of storytelling, both in and out of genre. This part-autobiographical, always analytical book looks at how stories develop and what makes them work--or not work--when they're told.
Be warned: reality is as brutal as fiction. Rob Zombie, police shootings, William Goldman and human misery are all teachers to the horror neophyte, and Braunbeck uses their lessons to make To Each Their Darkness a whirlwind of horror and hope for the aspiring writer.
- "When Gary Braunbeck writes about writing he richly knows whereof he speaks, and you who are new to the game would do well to listen. When he writes about the darkness in his own life he's harrowing. He does both in this book, intertwining them eloquently. And his clarion call—"go for broke—just don't go for the easy out"—should be heard, understood and absorbed by writers everywhere."
—Jack Ketchum , author of The Girl Next Door and Off Season
- "Gary A. Braunbeck is, quite simply, one of the best storytellers working in this genre—or any other. His brooding, poetic prose reaches a deeper level, and impacts both the characters and the reader. Well worth the emotional investment. Braunbeck knows what scares us—and what hurts us too. And it hurts so good..."
—Bram Stoker Award-winner Brian Keene, author of The Rising, City of the Dead, and The Conqueror Worms
- "This isn't just a how-to manual for writers or an opportunity to swap stories with a fellow horror geek. It's also a harrowing journey through the life and soul of the writer."
—Shroud Magazine, Anton Cancre
About the Author:
Gary A. Braunbeck is a prolific author who writes mysteries, thrillers, science fiction, fantasy, horror, and mainstream literature. He is the author of 19 books; his fiction has been translated into Japanese, French, Italian, Russian and German. Nearly 200 of his short stories have appeared in various publications.
Gary's fiction has received several awards, including the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Short Fiction in 2003 for "Duty" and in 2005 for "We Now Pause for Station Identification"; his collection Destinations Unknown won a Stoker in 2006. His novella "Kiss of the Mudman" received the International Horror Guild Award for Long Fiction in 2005. He can be found on the web at www.garybraunbeck.com.