Catholic Imagination Series: How I started Writing Catholic Science Fiction And Fantasy

Created by Damon B. Shackelford

(I am delighted to introduce Karina Fabian who will become a regular contributor here at The Rogue. She is a fantastic writer who founded the Catholic Writer's Guild. In light of the Catholic Imagination that I'm going to be exploring at The Rogue, I thought it was appropriate this would be her first article here. Enjoy! J-)I never intended to write Catholic science fiction and fantasy. I didn’t even know such a subgenre existed. I had not yet read Canticle for Leibowitz or heard of Father A … [Read more...]

Musings on the Future of the Catholic Imagination Conference

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It’s been one year since I was confirmed in the Catholic Church with a bunch of junior high school kids. That glorious day brought to completion a long journey that began in my intense love for novels. While it’s true that my time with atheists at Ohio State had a significant impact on my faith journey, it was not the spark that ignited the inferno. Rather, my journey to Rome began in my own imagination when I realized that all my favorite fiction writers were either Catholic (Percy, O’Connor, an … [Read more...]

Ron Swanson, Meat, and the Art of Being a Real Man

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(We here at the Rogue are huge Parks and Recreation fans. On January 13, it begins its final season at 8:00 PM EST. Jo Schaffer writes about her favorite character on the show)Some say that gender roles are dead. The “new woman” can do anything a man does and the “new man” is allowed his feelings, to love shopping for clothes and even the occasional manicure. While some of this may be progress there are a few things happening as a result that may be less than an improvement.In the book Bo … [Read more...]

2015….The Year I’ll Become a Writer Again And Not Chase Hollywood

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I’m not sorry to see 2014 go. It’s been like riding a roller coaster ride conceived by Quentin Tarantino with enough violent twists to make anyone’s neck snap.A few of the turns include:I got a job as a book editor and moved to Notre Dame, Indiana. I love my job. I get to produce great books and help fellow authors hone their words. Is there a better job for a writer? I don’t think so. The whole thing about writers not being good editors is a crock of poo. Yes, writers shouldn’t edit thei … [Read more...]

A sci-fi for the holidays… with the BEST REVIEWS EVER!!!

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The best reviews EVER?  Well... yes! Please don't think I'm trying to be Mr. Fancy for sharing this. But struggling writers and filmmakers like me are locked in mortal combat with movie distribution and publishing industries that have a bigger appetite for dollars than for good stories. We need to remember that if we have something uplifting and interesting to say--the audience is indeed out there. And it is hungry!These are NOT reviews from sales agents (one of whom basically said my movie … [Read more...]

PIXIE PERFECT – the “wizarding world” meets It’s a Wonderful Life

Pixie Perfect Movie

Pixie Perfect (temporary movie poster)- directed by Tom Durham, starring Ali Durham I'm happy to finally announce my magical new movie project... Pixie Perfect.When pondering their next creative project, there are some novelists, filmmakers, and investors out there who ask: What's an imaginative, fun, highly original, entertaining, USEFUL story? What's a story that means something and can help people? Well, I'm a stinker in many categories, but I can honestly say that when I develop a … [Read more...]

HWA Scary Writers: Leigh Lane

Jane the hippie vampire

 (So, here is our next HWA writer. Leigh M. Lane has been writing for over twenty years. She has ten published novels and twelve published short stories divided between different genre-specific pseudonyms. She is married to editor Thomas B. Lane, Jr. and currently resides in the outskirts of Sin City. Her traditional Gothic horror novel, Finding Poe, was a 2013 EPIC Awards finalist in horror. Her other novels include World-Mart, a tribute to Orwell, Serling, and Vonnegut, and the dark al … [Read more...]

Horror Writer Goes in Seach of Michigan Dogman…Will Said Author Return Alive?

In search of Dogman

Sometimes, writers hit a wall. It happens to the best of us. I won’t call it “writer’s block”. This frightening tale is an urban legend used to scare young  and developing storytellers. Anyone with a work ethic can find a way to put words on a computer screen. Maybe what a person writes is bad, but it can always be rewritten. There's no such thing as not being able to write at all.However, at some point, a writer comes to a point where the Well of Imagination from The Mystical Realm of Creati … [Read more...]

HWA Scary Writers: Tom Calen

Tom Calen

(As everyone knows, I just became a fully active (and proud) member of the Horror Writer's Association. So, I thought it would be a cool way to celebrate Halloween by interviewing some writer's from the HWA about the genre. Tom Calen has some great insights below...) What made you want to write horror?By the fourth or fifth grade, I had made my way through Poe and was on to Shelley and Stoker. About a year after that, I “borrowed” my sister’s copy of SILENCE OF THE LAMBS. I was blown away … [Read more...]

Salt Lake City Comic Con to begin with a Press Conference

Tomorrow is Salt Lake City Comic Con! The madness begins.My day will start off at 11:00 P.M with the press conference at the Salt Palace Convention Center.What will this look like? From the official press release....The press conference is a chance for Dan Farr, the Show Producer and founder and Bryan Brandenburg, the Chief Marketing Officer and co-founder, to give updates and answer questions from the media about Salt Lake Comic Con. Farr and Brandenburg will be joined by a variety … [Read more...]


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