Increasing Your Odds of #PitDark Success

This article first appeared as Increasing Your Odds of #PitMad Success. The general principles can be applied to any pitch event. Always refer first to the event’s published guidelines and ensure you follow those guidelines first! Until March 7, 2019, I had only participated in #PitMad as a writer. Before participating as an editor I […]

Respect Your Art, Respect Your Audience

Back in the aughts, I had three police procedurals published by Dorchester, two of which were also translated and published by SHUEISHA. The books are still available, via Thomas & Mercer, but I rarely hype them up or try to solicit sales. I haven’t revisited them in over a decade, but even my mid-life memory […]

How to Write a Sizzling Synopsis

Once your novel is written and edited it is time to start thinking about your submission package. This typically involves writing a synopsis. This is a task that fills many writers with dread, but it shouldn’t. Your synopsis performs a very specific job. It guides an editor or agent through the core plot of your […]

Matt Baume’s History of Queer TV

I’ve recently discovered a series of Youtube videos that are fun, entertaining, well researched, and informative. Matt Baume writes about pop culture often through a queer lens. He has a series of videos looking at the queer history of TV (and sometimes movies). What I’ve come to learn is that the history of TV is […]

Five Books Featuring Unholy Hungers

Looking for some alternative Valentine’s day goodies? Christina Ladd offers up some insights on cannibalism and books. By Christina Ladd Cannibalism may not be that effective in terms of survival, but it sure does work for making people afraid. Here are five novels that amp up the creep factor; if you can stomach them, they’re […]

For the Love of Short Books

Anyone active on book twitter is aware of the controversy that inspired this post. We won’t talk about the tweet or the response. Instead, we’ll draw inspiration from the discussion and share some of our favorite shorter works. The Possession of Natalie Glasgow The Possession of Natalie Glasgow is one of those stories that starts […]

Winter 2022 Onsite Issue

Our Winter 2022 Onsite Issue is now live, and you can read all the content for free! Featuring short fiction by R. J. Joseph, Christina Ladd, and Angelique Fawns. The issue also has nonfiction articles by R. J. Joseph and Michelle Mellon, and a review of Ashes of Gold by J. Elle. Winter 2022 Issue […]

Favorite Books of 2021

Book(s) of the year: Legend of the Condor Heroes series by Jin Yong (A Hero Born, A Bond Undone, A Snake Lies Waiting, A Heart Divided Notable Reads: Afro Puffs Are the Antennae of the Universe by Zig Zag Claybourne – A vital funkified, absurdist, P-Funk and Sun Ra voice in the genre. The language […]

Favorite Film Discoveries of 2021

After looking at the movies that I liked the most in 2021 I decided to break them up into a couple of smaller lists that I’ll make sure to link to here when they are all finished: 2021, Discoveries, Crime, Indian, One Inch Tall. Discoveries are usually older movies that I saw for the first […]

Interview: Eric LaRocca talks about Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke

Christina Ladd has Eric LaRocca in the hot seat today, chatting about LaRocca’s latest work, Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke. Christina Ladd: Thank you so much for agreeing to answer some questions for Dark Dispatch! I absolutely adored Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke, although—or especially because—it’s not for the […]


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