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Diabolical Plots is a Sci-fi/Fantasy zine that covers virtually every media related to the genre from books to movies to video games. This site also features regular content related to the craft of writing. Take a look around!

09 September 2009 ~ 0 Comments

Dragon*Con report by Lou Anders

This past Labor Day weekend was my very first time attending Dragon*Con as a publishing professional, and really my first “real” time at all. I say first “real” time because I went three years ago for a single day to see Jetse de Vries, who was there at the time with Interzone. I spent most of it with him at his table, watching the crowd pass him by for the guy next to him installing vampire teeth (at $60 a pair, using the same dental instrument and, seemingly, not bothering to clean it between applications). I left with the (mistaken) impression that it was a weird goth con with nothing to offer the book trade.

08 September 2009 ~ 2 Comments

Grand Opening Winner!

Congratulations to Keira Kroft of the great city of Chicago, Illinois is the winner of our Grand Opening contest. Keira, your free copy of Writers of the Future XXV will be in the mail soon!

30 August 2009 ~ 6 Comments

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Welcome to Diabolical Plots, a nonfiction zine focused on speculative fiction. Our goal is to provide interviews of industry professionals, reviews, con reports, editorials about writing, and anything else that may touch on the realm of science fiction, fantasy, or horror.

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30 August 2009 ~ 1 Comment

Exploring Canvas Caverns: Joey Jordan

joeyI had always seen myself as an artist and wanted to do it as a career till I was older and thought that it could only be a hobby. Then back in 2004 I decided that if I were to live a happy life I would have to do what I love, so I started to fiddle in art again. Then in 2007 I came into some “Luck money” and filled the studio that my husband made for me.

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23 August 2009 ~ 2 Comments

Cower, minions! It’s K. D. Wentworth!

K.D. WentworthK. D. Wentworth has reached an almost divine state in the eyes of many aspirants; especially those who participate in the quarterly Writers and Illustrators of the Future contest. K. D. is editor of the anthology, and first-reader for the writing portion of the contest. She reads, or at least starts to read, every entry that comes through the doors of Author Services, Inc; a colossal task that she completes not once but four times per year.

20 August 2009 ~ 0 Comments

Upcoming interview: Joey Jordan

Coming soon: an interview with artist and illustrator Joey Jordan Her illustration work has been printed in Jim Baen’s Universe, and you can check her work out at http://www.joeysrealm.com She’s a very talented artist who I’ve had the pleasure of collaborating with on more than one occasion.

If you have any questions for her, drop us a line and we’ll try to work them in.

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13 August 2009 ~ 1 Comment

Inferno by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle

InfernoI recommend Inferno as a great template on how to build on a familiar theme (hell) and insert characters that are larger than a wonderful plot. One of the recommendations that many ‘How to’ books stress is to make your character change from the experience in your story. Allen Carpentier changes like few others that I have read before.

09 August 2009 ~ 0 Comments

Jim Baen’s Universe Closing April in 2010

The death knell of yet another popular speculative publication rings loud and clear in this aspirants ears. What does the demise of Jim Baen’s Universe mean for those of us who still struggle to find a foothold in the writing world. Is short form fiction dying? What can other publications learn from what JBU did right and what they did wrong?

09 August 2009 ~ 0 Comments

SpoCon Report by Ann Wilkes

This year was … different. I should probably stop right there before I slam the poor con com. But now you’re curious, aren’t you? Well, when Dennis Gagaoin said that we were about to reap the benefits of the con com’s months of fighting, that was clearly not a good sign. I’m not sure if the program they had originally planned fell through because someone bailed or they never truly spent time organizing the opening ceremonies.

06 August 2009 ~ 0 Comments

DS Sale #2–The Utility of Love

untitledMore good news, I received another acceptance this morning from J.W. Schnarr who is editing the Shadows of the Emerald City anthology, a Wizard of Oz horror anthology. When I heard the theme, I knew I HAD to submit, and I’m glad I did.

The story is titled “The Utility of Love”, and it’s a retelling of The Wizard of Oz, but the Tin Man is 2 stories tall and… isn’t such a nice guy.