Category Archives: Essays

Genna Rivieccio: Fiction and Opinions from The Opiate’s Editor – by M. Talley

I have a lot of admiration for people like Genna Rivieccio who start up a literary journal. There is no town crier shouting from the rooftops, “Give us more literary magazines!” While a few people working together can manage a … Continue reading

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The Fiction and Humor Process of Margaux Dunbar Hession by M. Talley

I met Margaux Hession at the Santa Barbara Writers Conference during the summer of 2007 in her previous identity as Margaret Dunbar. I got to know her better in a writers group that formed that fall. Margaux’s writing has always … Continue reading

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Maryanne Knight’s Future Visions and Worldbuilding by M. Talley

I met Maryanne Knight four or five years ago at the Santa Barbara Writers Conference, and was immediately impressed by the science fiction novel chapters she read in Matt Pallamary’s workshop. Her writing is dense and intelligent. I did worldbuilding … Continue reading

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The Fervid Imagination and Writing Process of Rick Shaw, by M. Talley

Rick Shaw has been part of the Southern California writing community for over a decade. Though I have known him for roughly five years, we both attended the Santa Barbara Writers Conference for the first time in 2005, when it was held at Westmont College in Montecito. When I read Rick’s work, I think, this is a guy who could actually make money off his books. His genre writing (sci-fi, horror, crime/mystery, etc.) is commercial, not in the sense of watered-down, generic speculative fiction, but in the manner of writers like Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and Michael Crichton. Anyone attending the writers conference over the last years has undoubtedly seen Rick in the main lounge typing away on his laptop with a slightly distracted look, as if he has mentally transported to another planet, but left his physical body behind to anchor him to our world. Rick is married to Laurie (La), an incredible baker of cakes, has four sons, and works at Antelope Valley College. It is an honor to present an excerpt of his novel in progress, The Tunguska Deception, in Luna Review. Continue reading

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