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A promising cinema director in his long-lost youth, Hollywood mogul Gary Rivoli now finds himself at the helm of his 33rd low-budget horror flick, The Broken Man. But he seems to have hired a real-life witch to build his new creature. How long can Gary survive in a monster movie come to life — and at what cost? Finalist for the World Fantasy Award and the Shirley Jackson Award.



"The best, most useful craft book I think I've ever encountered, the most innovative and invigorating craft manual since Gardner’s The Art of Fiction, offering bold new taxonomies, graphic representations, and illuminating analyses of myriad literary strategies."

Stephanie Grant
American University
Rona Jaffee Foundation Award winner