Sunday, July 15, 2012

Lost Horror Films Article in Rue Morgue Magazine (and a Book Pitch)

To bastardize Poltergeist: I’m baaack. Where have I been? Working on a magazine piece that I’m particularly proud of, a five-page feature that Rue Morgue laid out just beautifully. I'm thrilled with how it turned out, so if you’re near a newsstand this month, take a look at “The Ghosts of Horror Past: 25 Films Lost to the Sands of Time” in issue #124. 

Rue Morgue magazine, with a feature article by your Book Dirt hostess.

But wait, you say. If the issue is already out, couldn’t you have returned to blogging sooner? I could have, but while deep in the middle of researching missing films I remarked that I had enough information on each title that I could practically write an article on each one. I honed each one down to a neat paragraph, but the idea weighed heavily on me: could this be a book?

I think it could. So, while I’m still high on the subject matter, I’m putting together a pitch package for a book on lost films. Pitching non-fiction, while it doesn’t require writing the book ahead of time, does require writing enough to show your chops. I’m close to finishing the introduction and sample entries, and aim to start seriously pitching in a few weeks.

In the meantime, if anyone has tips on maintaining a blog while meeting magazine deadlines (and pitching a book), I’m all ears.