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Address to a Pumpkin

by E.M. Swift-Hook   Hail the harrowed pumpkin! Tormented, scraped and cut Your entrails ripped out from within, To bake pies with your guts.   Hail the hallowed pumpkin! Thy glorious grinning face, Carved from the orange of your skull, Brings grim mirth to this place.   Hail the hollowed pumpkin! Upon the doorstep set Your eldritch light and feral look Will guard the household ...
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Racing the Inferno

by Sky Kelly   The metropolis burned It brightened up the sky the scorching flames ignited so high The people fled the animals too racing the inferno the faster it grew The blazing orange illuminated the night despite its destruction it was quite a sight How did this happen? Everyone was shaken looking to the distance praying no one was taken The enraged sky above rained down the ashes circling ...

How to get permission to use song lyrics in your books

by Maria R Riegger If you have ever wondered how to request permission to use song lyrics in your fiction and nonfiction books, then this blog post is for you. First, nothing in this post constitutes legal advice. Generally speaking, an author does not need to request permission to use the title of a song ...
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The Bay Sirius Witch of Atchafalaya Basin

by Holly Rae Garcia   Nestled deep in the heart of the Atchafalaya Basin in Louisiana is the Bay Sirius Swamp. At the bottom-most edge of Butte La Rose Parish, the swamp used to be home to Bayou Chene, a thriving logging community. After the flood of 1927, twelve feet of silt ...

Stand Out or Sell Out

By Seb Reilly  A few months ago a writer presented two book ideas to me and asked which, in my opinion, they should write. I was one of many contemporaries this writer approached, and whilst I cannot state what the other responses were, I know both what I said, and what ...
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The Willow Man

by Jane Jago   The willow man’s breath fogs the window He scratches the glass with twiggy fingers You hide your head under the pillow But the voice of the wildwood lingers It follows you into the edges of sleep And echoes in the spaces of your head Under your straining eyelids ...

Meet the Romantic Novelists’ Association

By Jean Fullerton ( this article can be seen in Write On! 2 https://pentoprint.org/product/see-write-on-edition-2-here/) Hi, I'm Jean Fullerton, author of fifteen East London novels but today I’m wearing my Romantic Novelists' Association’s Educational Officer hat. You may not have heard of the Romantic Novelists' Association or if you have you might think of us as a ...
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Times Have Changed, My Friend

by Victoria Taylor   Times have changed, my friend. When will these troubles ever end? Do you remember when we were young and sweet? When kids were safe to play out on the street. When they were happy to have sweet and buns, Now all that they want are knives and guns. They hang in gangs and look ...