TIH 168: Livia Llewellyn on Long vs Short Fiction, Bad Writing Advice, and Horror Misconceptions

TIH 168: Livia Llewellyn on Long vs Short Fiction, Bad Writing Advice, and Horror Misconceptions

In this podcast Livia Llewellyn talks about long vs short fiction, bad writing advice, horror misconceptions, and much more.

About Livia Llewellyn

Livia Llewellyn is an award-winning writer of horror, dark fantasy and erotica, whose fiction has appeared in ChiZine, Subterranean, Apex Magazine, Postscripts, Nightmare Magazine, as well as numerous anthologies. Engines of Desire: Tales of Love & Other Horrors received a 2011 Shirley Jackson Award nomination for Best Collection, “Omphalos received a 2011 SJA for Best Novelette, and “Furnace” received a 2013 SJA nomination for Best Short Fiction. Her latest collection, Furnace, won This Is Horror’s ‘Short Story Collection of the Year’ in 2016.

Show notes

  • [02:00] Boxwino, via Patreon, asks about short stories to dissect if ran a master class course on the art of story
  • [11:50] Forthcoming novel
  • [17:00] Writing long vs short fiction
  • [29:30] Advice to eighteen-year-old self
  • [33:20] Widely given popular writing advice Livia disagrees with
  • [36:00] Horror misconceptions
  • [44:00] Most important things in life
  • [48:25] Connect with Livia

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