• Discovering the Short Story: Writing Suspense & Speculative Fiction

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Tue 21 Mar

Time: 10am - 12 noon

Venue: King's Manor - R K/033, Exhibition Sq,York,YO1 7EP

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Discovering the Short Story: Writing Suspense & Speculative Fiction

Popular philosopher Noël Carroll places the discovery plot at the centre of horror fiction and discovery is equally – if not more – important to mystery fiction.  As such, it is no coincidence that Edgar Allan Poe is a crucial figure in the development of both genres.  In this workshop we will apply some of Poe’s basic techniques to the writing of short suspense and speculative fiction, using guidelines drawn from the work of two of his most influential successors: Conan Doyle’s list of his favourite Sherlock Holmes stories and H.P. Lovecraft’s famous essay on supernatural horror. The workshop is led by Dr Rafe McGregor, Associate Lecturer for the Centre for Lifelong Learning, University of York.