Thriller Magazine Issue 2 Now Available!

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Our 2nd Issue is NOW AVAILABLE! 

We are proud to announce the release of the second issue of Thriller Magazine! This publication features short stories that will leave readers on the edge of their seat, amazing artwork, and interviews with published authors.

The short stories included in this issue are written by Chris Fortunato, Michael Bracken, Michael Mallory, Robert White, & John H. Dromey. This issue offers a wide range of tales, showcasing everything from physiological thrillers, to brutal tales of murder, to political thrillers, and much more!

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Review of GIVE PLACE TO WRATH (non-spoiler)

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Rating: 5/5 Stars

Give Place to Wrath is now available on Amazon

Premise:

Detective Roger Viceroy, divisional head of the Midwest Region Special Crimes Unit, awakes one morning to a bombing in a wealthy suburb of Milwaukee. As he and his team dive into the investigation, a mysterious clue launches a manhunt with scant other evidence to point them in the right direction. Over the coming weeks, the related murders unfold, each with a unique twist and the same clue left behind. Viceroy uncovers one other common thread – a seemingly random association with the small north woods town of Curwood, Wisconsin. As the death toll mounts, Viceroy has to connect the dots and stop the carnage before it reaches the final target, Governor Kay Spurgeon.

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Interview with John Raab (CEO of Suspense Magazine)

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We have a very exciting interview this week! The founder/publisher/CEO of Suspense Magazine took the time out of his busy schedule to answer a few of our questions. John founded Suspense Magazine in 2007. Since then, it has become a major publication of the genre, showcasing the work of many established and new authors. Be sure to check out their website HERE!

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Interview with Author Andrew Bourelle

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Today, I have the privilege of interviewing a very accomplished author, Andrew Bourelle! Andrew Bourelle is the author of the novel Heavy Metal (now available on Amazon) and coauthor with James Patterson of Texas Ranger (Now Available). His short stories have appeared in a variety of publications and have twice been selected for inclusion in The Best American Mystery Stories. Andrew’s short story, “Three Bullets”, was included in our first issue this past July, which you can read HERE!

Overcoming Writer’s Block

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Writer’s block is definitely something every writer faces (some face it more frequently than others). But there are some proven strategies authors can use to overcome writer’s block and not let it throw them behind schedule or off course! We posed a question on our Twitter page, asking writers to share some of their strategies on how to overcome wrtier’s block. We received some awesome suggestions, all of which you can read HERE, but below are some of our favorites:

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Definitely some great tips there! How about yourself? What are some ways you overcome writer’s block and get the ideas flowing? Let us know in the comments below!

Interview with Author Ingrid St. John

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Today we have the privelage of interviewing author Ingrid St. John! Ingrid’s debut novel, HaUNTEDwas published earlier this year and falls under the horror/thriller genre. Since her childhood, Ingrid has been in love with thriller, mysteries and horror. She grew reading many different authors/genres. However, it was after watching the classic horror film A Nightmare on Elm Street that she became inspired to write her own stories. In addition to her love of writing, she is the founder of 1287 Pictures, a production company that will produce horror and thriller films.

You can learn more about her on her OFFICIAL WEBSITE.

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Tips for Writing Flash Fiction

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We recently asked some authors what is their advice for writing flash fiction. Flash fiction is often described as a story that is less than 1,000 words (some magazines describe it as less than 800 words). Flash fiction is definitely a different animal than a short story, and it needs to have a different approach. Here’s some of the advice authors offered us:

  • Don’t add un-necessary details or lofty description. If something is red, tell us it’s red. Don’t tell us that it “as red as a tomato’s skin”. If you take too long with the description, you won’t have enough words to tell the story.
  • Flash fiction is often all about shock value. You don’t have a whole lot of time to tell a full story, so shocking or ambiguous endings are often a go-to.
  • Start the story in the middle of the action.
  • Use words that have a strong connotation. That way, you won’t have to describe things in as many details.

Submission Tips from our Editor-In-Chief

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Our Editor-in-Chief, Ammar Habib, was recently interviewed by Joan from “What Editors Want You to Know”. Joan asked Ammar about some tips and advice he could offer to authors considering submitting their work to Thriller Magazine.You can read the full interview HERE, but below is a part of it. It’s a great read for those who are planning to submit their work to our publication, but also don’t forget to check out our SUBMISSION GUIDELINES! 🙂

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Author Interview: Amy Grech

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Today we have the privilege of interviewing author Amy Grech! We had the honor of publishing her short story, “Fresh Finch” in our first issue earlier this summer, which you can read HERE!

Amy is an accomplished writer and has sold over 100 stories to various anthologies and magazines including: A New York State of Fright, Apex Magazine, Beat to a Pulp: Hardboiled, Dead Harvest, Deadman’s Tome Campfire Tales Book Two, Expiration Date, Fright Mare, Needle Magazine, Real American Horror, Shrieks and Shivers from the Horror Zine, Space and Time Magazine, Tales from The Lake Vol. 3, and many othersNew Pulp Press published her book of noir stories, Rage and Redemption in Alphabet City. She is an Active Member of the Horror Writers Association and the International Thriller Writers. Amy currently resides in Brooklyn. To learn more about Amy, visit her website and follow Amy on Twitter at @amy_grech!  

How Long Does it Take to Write a Short Story?

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We recently ran a poll on our Twitter account asking authors how long it takes them to write a short story. Below are the results:

It looks like most people take less than 4 weeks to write a short story. For a lot of people it takes less than 1 week. That makes perfect sense since a short story is normally less than 6,000 words, so it really only takes 1 burst of momentum to get a first draft done!

What about you? How long does it take you to generally write a short story? Let us know in the comments below!

Call for Submissions: Thriller Magazine

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We are excited to announce that Thriller Magazine is now accepting submissions for our 2nd issue until October 15th! We’re looking for great short stories, flash fiction, poetry, artwork, and some book reviews.

Here is the link to our site, where you can read more about us, our submission guidelines, and our full first issue: thrillermagazine.org.

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Dealing with Negative Reviews

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Negative/unfavorable reviews are a major part of any writer’s journey. Learning to deal with them in the correct way can definitely be the difference between quitting or having the tenacity to keep pushing forward. We recently polled a few authors on how they deal with negative reviews and this is some of the advice we got back:

  1. Keep it in perspective. No one review makes or breaks a story. If one person doesn’t like it, there are plenty who will. With a world population in the billions, there are bound to be people who love your work!
  2. Know the difference between a troll and a critic. Trolls are people who will blast your work with nothing but negative comments. However, a critic is a person who will mention what they liked, what they didn’t liked, and how they would have done it differently. Ignore the trolls, but take the time to read the critic’s review. You never know what you might learn.
  3. Be open to constructive criticism, but never let the negativity get to you. When four or five reviewers who aren’t related give you similar advice, there’s no harm in taking a good hard look at what they’re saying and deciding whether or not it needs to be applied.
  4. Never give up! Don’t let a negative review or two get you down. Don’t try to please anybody in your writing. Instead, be the best YOU possible!

This is some great advice that new writers can definitely learn from. Always keep moving upwards and onwards. Happy writing!