Author Archives: Lucy A. Snyder

About Lucy A. Snyder

Lucy A. Snyder is the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of the novels Spellbent, Shotgun Sorceress, Switchblade Goddess, and the collections Orchid Carousals, Sparks and Shadows, Chimeric Machines, and Installing Linux on a Dead Badger. Her latest books are Shooting Yourself in the Head For Fun and Profit: A Writer's Survival Guide and Soft Apocalypses. Her writing has been translated into French, Russian, and Japanese editions and has appeared in publications such as Apex Magazine, Nightmare Magazine, Jamais Vu, Pseudopod, Strange Horizons, Weird Tales, Steampunk World, In the Court of the Yellow King, Qualia Nous, Chiral Mad 2, and Best Horror of the Year, Vol. 5. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband and occasional co-author Gary A. Braunbeck and is a mentor in Seton Hill University's MFA program in Writing Popular Fiction. You can learn more about her at and you can follow her on Twitter at @LucyASnyder.

The Gen Con Writer’s Symposium

In mid-August, I attended Gen Con in Indianapolis. Hoosier horror authors already know all about this enormous convention, and many of them attend. I went for the first time last year; I didn’t really know what to expect, but I … Continue reading

Kindle Fire HD review

As many of you know, I have been the proud owner of a first-generation iPad for several years. Recently, my husband Gary got a job at a local library and needed something light and portable to take with him so … Continue reading

Alpha Males and the Reader’s Suspension of Disbelief

If you have been writing mainly horror but are interested in branching out into urban fantasy or paranormal romance, there are a couple of genre conventions you’ll need to keep in mind. You can get a basic introduction to many … Continue reading

On Urban Fantasy

On several occasions, I’ve heard readers bemoaning the comparatively small number of horror novels being released by major publishers. But the horror is out there; it just sometimes isn’t being marketed as such. In the case of supernatural horror in … Continue reading

Friends For Your Fiction

Very few writers are at a place in their craft and career where they can write in complete isolation, finish a story, send it off to an editor, and have that work see print. The vast majority of us need … Continue reading

Is LinkedIn Useful to Horror Writers?

Recently, I met a reader who, when he learned that my day job is in information technology, was shocked when I told him I wasn’t on LinkedIn. “No matter how secure you may feel in your job, you never know … Continue reading

On NaNoWriMo

It’s National Novel Writing Month, and I’d like to give a shout-out to everyone who is participating. You’re halfway done! Keep going. I’m there with you in spirit; even though I didn’t sign up for NaNoWriMo this year, I’ve been … Continue reading

On Working Graveyard Shift

I’m writing this column at 3:53am. If I didn’t check the clock, or notice that it’s pitch-black outside, I’d have no clue. My body is pretty sure it’s early afternoon. I have always been a bit of a night owl. … Continue reading

A Guide to Binge Writing

As I’ve noted before, I am not a slow and steady author. My life would probably be a bit simpler if I were. I see Facebook updates from writers such as Nicole Cushing who apply derriere to chair each and … Continue reading