Jeremy Jack Bieber or Justin Bieber: What’s the Difference? An Author’s Written Disclaimer

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I get asked all the time: Craig, why did you write a novel about Justin Bieber? Aren’t you a bit old for that? My answer is always the same: I didn’t write a novel about Justin Bieber. True, my novel, Bieber’s Finger DOES have a character named Bieber. But you won’t find the words Justin […]

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Terrifying Lies: Why We Fight! (for alien demon vanquishers)

The Recruit - a Story by Craig Nybo

The Recruit
Read it in Terrifying Lies, a Short Story Collection by Craig Nybo
Mickey Atlas, professional fighter, suffers the effects of permanent brain damage. Owing exorbitant debts to a booky, he is forced to fight for money at the risk of death. Just before going into the ring against a formidable opponent, a stranger visits Mickey with an interesting proposition.

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Make it Scary with Method Writing

Cry Baby Bridge, Bear River, UT

As I near the mid-point of the second draft of my upcoming novel, I am reminded of something I did before diving into the first draft so many years ago. The novel I am working on is a ghost story. The book centers around two points of focus, a classic muscle car and a haunted bridge. In an attempt to make the story as scary as possible, I engaged in an exercise I often employ while writing.

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Boots On the Ground Writing Tip: Discovery Writing is for Chumps

Creative Writing

WRITE FROM AN OUTLINE AND FINISH YOUR NOVEL. There you go. The reason this sentence is in all caps is because if I shouted from where I am writing this article, you couldn’t hear me. Some authors write from the hip. This practice is called discovery writing. Some authors are successful at this method. I am not. And, based on what I have heard from writers who can’t seem to make it through a first draft, not many find success in this wandering-through-the-woods approach.

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Game Development: It’s All About World Building and Character Development

Panic Fire, a Craig Nybo game from 3 Headed Giant Games, a product line of Quirky Engine Entertainment.

The final result: a game that has been universally loved with every demo. We have sold tons of Shoot Your Friends. Considerate players often pass along compliments on how much fun they have playing. I believe much of the reason for the game’s early success is found in its humanistic character and in the world players get to visit when rolling up to the table to play.

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I Love Being a Writer. I Hate Being a Writer.

Craig Nybo

Is writing worth it? My answer: I’m not sure. There you have it, brutal honesty. All I know is, I have to write. I am compelled to it. Sometimes I enjoy it. Sometimes, not being extremely comfortable around people, I escape to it. Sometimes I even live to some degree in my stories. Sometimes I hate it but have to live with it.

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Using Witchcraft to Craft a Character – Craig Nybo

Craig Nybo

Click here for Craig’s Character Sketch.

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I Invite You to My Fantasy World – Follow a New Novel in Progress

Block Vang

Greetings all. I thought I would try something new. I am currently working on my 7th book. I am extremely excited about this novel. It is a supernatural investigative thriller that follows Block Vang, a newspaper man, as he unravels the story behind a small town secret that tends to kill people in its community. […]

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Craig Nybo – 2015 Creative Review – 12-28-2015

Craig Nybo 12/28/15

Craig discusses his projects from 2015, including his 6th book, Terrifying Lies, the Gangrene Film Festival, Rustmonster, and Freestyle Gargoyles. He also gives a brief preview of what he is working on for 2016.

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Review: Fantastic Mr. Fox

Fantastic Mr. Fox

Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl My rating: 5 of 5 stars Again, Roald Dahl delivers a story of pure imagination. I love reading Dahl to my kids before they drift off to sleep. Fantastic Mr. Fox is best if read aloud to kids. View all my reviews

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Review: Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand My rating: 5 of 5 stars Best book I have read all year. If you read only one book during your year, perhaps you should make it Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption. Laura Hillenbrand gets […]

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Review: Dreamcatcher

Dreamcatcher

Dreamcatcher by Stephen King My rating: 2 of 5 stars Not one of Kings best. As I read Dreamcatcher, I never found a sense of foundation, theme, or even direction. This novel wandered from one place to another without making up its mind on where it was going. It felt as though King was walking […]

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Review: Naked Lunch

Naked Lunch

Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs My rating: 1 of 5 stars I know this is a pop cultural classic. This is the first of the beat generation works I have read in its entirety. While I enjoy listening to Burroughs read some of his selected pieces, in reading Naked Lunch, I surmised that, for […]

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Review: In Cold Blood

In Cold Blood

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote My rating: 4 of 5 stars Many consider In Cold Blood the original non-fiction novel. Any way you look at it, this book is a classic in the true crime genre. It took Capote 6 years to write the manuscript. In Cold Blood follows the gruesome quadruple homicide committed […]

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Freestyle Gargoyles III: A Feature Halloween Special

The Bust of the Frowning Vampire

Here is my latest creation. I and the band contacted a few of my best friend authors. I asked the authors to write something Halloween related. We all converged at mediaRif studios. As the authors read their work, the band composed a spontaneous soundtrack. This ended up being far cooler than I expected. I think you will enjoy it.

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Review: Rebecca

Rebecca

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier My rating: 3 of 5 stars Rebecca is a classic. Written in 1938 by Daphne du Maurier, who, as an author, struggled with her own identity in a changing world. She throws her personal conflicts into this novel and unravels a tense story. As you go into this novel, know […]

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Review: Doctor Sleep

Doctor Sleep

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King My rating: 4 of 5 stars Did you ever wonder what happened to young Danny Torrence after escaping the Overlook Resort back in The Shining? This novel answers that question. We all rooted for young Danny. But in Doctor Sleep, we learn that his psychic abilities have taken their toll […]

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Review: Frankenstein

Frankenstein

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley My rating: 3 of 5 stars I regretfully admit that it took me decades to finally get around to reading Frankenstein. Writing a review of this classic somehow seems futile. I suppose I have a dual-forked opinion of this novel. On one hand, I have to judge it by its times […]

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Review: Side Jobs: Stories From the Dresden Files

Side Jobs: Stories From the Dresden Files

Side Jobs: Stories From the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher My rating: 4 of 5 stars An excellent edition of the Harry Dresden Files. I was skeptical of a short story compilation. But in the end, I greatly enjoyed it. I especially liked the stories about side characters in the Dresden series. Butcher’s Dresden Files […]

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Review: UR

UR

UR by Stephen King My rating: 4 of 5 stars Great to have something Dark Tower related again. This story is best for people who are familiar with the tale of Roland (although the gun slinger does not make an appearance). I loved the low men in King’s epic series, and here they are in […]

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Review: The BFG

The BFG

The BFG by Roald Dahl My rating: 5 of 5 stars The perfect youth story. You have heard of Charlie and the Chocolate factory, but have you heard of the Big Friendly Giant? I have been reading Roald Dahl to my kids before they go to bed. He is absolutely brilliant. This story has everything […]

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Review: Throttle

Throttle

Throttle by Joe Hill My rating: 3 of 5 stars Some excellent writing here. This was my first experience with Joe Hill as an author. Although the prose flowed expertly, Throttle as a story felt a bit contrived. Some of the characterization seemed a bit archetypal. But, overall, I liked it. View all my reviews

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Review: Morality

Morality

Morality by Stephen King My rating: 3 of 5 stars Extremely cool story. King revisits the theme of money vs. morality. What would you do for money? How would it effect you in the long run. If you are a King fan, you should read this one for sure. View all my reviews

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Review: Blockade Billy

Blockade Billy

Blockade Billy by Stephen King My rating: 4 of 5 stars Great story. Loved it. King combines his love of baseball with killer character development and brilliant voice for an extremely cool story. If you are a King fan. Don’t miss it. View all my reviews

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Review: Changes

Changes

Changes by Jim Butcher My rating: 3 of 5 stars I love Harry Dresden. The character lasts, even after more than a dozen novels thus far. However, it seems like Butcher uses the same bag of tricks, no pun intended, in every story. There is some forward arching in the overall plot, but each novel […]

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Review: Duma Key

Duma Key

Duma Key by Stephen King My rating: 3 of 5 stars Stephen King is a self-proclaimed discovery writer. As such, sometimes it feels like he wanders around in his books until he discovers a story. Once he discovers it, he quickly figures out a way to end it. Duma Key had many positive attributes, including […]

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Review: The October Country

The October Country

The October Country by Ray Bradbury My rating: 5 of 5 stars Brilliant. Brilliant. Brilliant. Once again, Ray Bradbury proves that he is one of the greatest short story writers in all of time. This compilation is particularly terrifying. Some of the most chilling stories in this collection: The Next in Line, The Crowd, and […]

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Review: Crecheling

Crecheling

Crecheling by D.J. Butler My rating: 5 of 5 stars This wildly imaginative YA fiction novel kicks off a gripping adventure in an unexplored world. Butler does a great job of freshening the current YA dystopia trend with plenty of action, well-drawn characters, and an inventive story-telling style. Should you pick up a copy of […]

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Review: Blaze

Blaze

Blaze by Richard Bachman My rating: 4 of 5 stars I’m confused. In the author’s note at the beginning of this book, Stephen King disclaims it as a “trunk novel,” as in, this story wasn’t good enough to publish on its own merit, so it was left in the trunk. Yet, Blaze offers the same […]

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Review: Eric

Eric

Eric by Terry Pratchett My rating: 4 of 5 stars It’s hard to say which of Terry Pratchett’s books are the good ones because they are all good. Eric, however, made me laugh out loud more than may of the others in this delightful series. In this novel, Pratchett uses his wit and handle on […]

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Review: The Lure of Fools

The Lure of Fools

The Lure of Fools by Jason King My rating: 5 of 5 stars To all of you high fantasy fans out there. A new series is in town and it begins with The Lure of Fools. This book has everything one would want from great high fantasy, magic, swords, monsters, love, good, and evil. Jason […]

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Review: The Vanishing Game

The Vanishing Game

The Vanishing Game by Kate Kae Myers My rating: 3 of 5 stars This young adult fiction story tries to play in the same arena as The DiVinci Code, with riddles, twists, and turns throughout the narrative. The problem is–and The DiVinci Code shares this problem–the characters seem to have the instant ability to solve […]

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Review: Everything’s Eventual: 14 Dark Tales

Everything

Everything’s Eventual: 14 Dark Tales by Stephen King My rating: 5 of 5 stars As a huge Stephen King fan, I have to say that, perhaps, I like his short stories the best. King excels at character development and getting readers right down into the gritty worlds he creates. Everything’s Eventual offers 14 different worlds […]

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Review: Weird Tales of Horror

Weird Tales of Horror

Weird Tales of Horror by David J. West My rating: 5 of 5 stars I am a big fan of short fiction. It takes a certain sensibility to write good short form work. David J. West has that sensibility. Weird Tales of Horror offers a wonderful collection of stories and poetry that range from turn […]

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Review: Storm of the Century: An Original Screenplay

Storm of the Century: An Original Screenplay

Storm of the Century: An Original Screenplay by Stephen King My rating: 3 of 5 stars Great read. Although, Stephen King released this as a novel, it is nothing more than a screenplay. I think it was an innovative notion for him. But screenplays just don’t have the internal reflection and character development of novels. […]

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Review: Miss Peregrini kodu ebaharilikele lastele

Miss Peregrini kodu ebaharilikele lastele

Miss Peregrini kodu ebaharilikele lastele by Ransom Riggs My rating: 3 of 5 stars An interesting book for sure. But I expected a bit more. I have to hand it to Riggs for his innovative use of creepy old photos to craft his story. But it felt a bit gimmicky. I would have liked the […]

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Review: Speckled

Speckled

Speckled by Scott William Taylor My rating: 5 of 5 stars Scott William Taylor shows his chops as an author with this brief and wonderful, debut book. This collection of short stories and some poetry has a very human feel to it. It is a pleasure to read. I found myself laughing out loud at […]

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Creative Update – 05/28/15 – Ringing Rob’s Bell

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What happens to the mighty Rob Griffin when you try to put him down? The answer: Nothing at all.

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Review: Nightmares and Dreamscapes: Volume 1

Nightmares and Dreamscapes: Volume 1

Nightmares and Dreamscapes: Volume 1 by Stephen King My rating: 4 of 5 stars I am a constant fan of short stories. And when it comes to short horror, Stephen King continues to be the reigning master. This book contains many facets of fear and fantasy. King drops readers into a new world with every […]

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Review: The Tommyknockers

The Tommyknockers

The Tommyknockers by Stephen King My rating: 3 of 5 stars I didn’t enjoy The Tommy Knockers as much as some of Stephen King’s other stories. The Tommy Knockers was a bit over-written for my tastes. It seemed every time King introduced a new character, he felt inclined to write a complete back-story. I think […]

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Craig Nybo Creative Update – 04/29/15 – The Silence of Finishing

Craig Nybo daily creative update

Celebrating a silent, solitary victory when finishing a large creative project is part of an author/musician’s routine.

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Craig Nybo Creative Update – 04/28/15 – Finished Freestyle Gargoyles II

Craig Nybo composing

There is no feeling like the sense of completion on a creative project. I and several friends, authors and musicians have put out another offering to the world: The Freestyle Gargoyles II, an album/video, fully improved and taped live at mediaRif studios.

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Craig Nybo Creative Update – 04/21/15 – Freestyle Gargoyles II Final Mix

Craig Nybo - Creative Update - 02/09/15

On finishing the final mix of Freestyle Gargoyles II a new album by the Gangrene Band and friends.

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Review: Needful Things

Needful Things

Needful Things by Stephen King My rating: 3 of 5 stars Great book by Stephen King. King does a masterful job of juggling a huge cast of characters. Perhaps the main character is the town in which all of the players live.This story is a pretty compelling, if bleak, glimpse of human nature. Perhaps a […]

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Craig Nybo Creative Update – 04/17/15 – Freestyle Gargoyles Recap

Craig Nybo video log

Talking about the second Freestyle Gargoyles album recording session with special guest authors and director.

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Craig Nybo Creative Video Log – 04/15/15 – Freestyle Gargoyles and The Space Balrogs

Craig Nybo Video Log

Talking about recording a new album with the Freestyle Gargoyles and The Space Balrogs. The worlds of writing and music collide for one night of fun and creativity.

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Craig Nybo’s Creative Log – 04/13/15 – Playing Bass and Singing

Craig Nybo video log

Playing bass and singing can be difficult. Slowing it down and working it out is the key.

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Craig Nybo – Creative Update – 04/08/15 – The Steampunk Tango (cont.)

Craig Nybo VLOG 01/09/2015

Continuing to compose the steampunk tango. Adding horn lines, bass, and phonetic vocals.

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Craig Nybo – Creative Update – 04/06/15 – Steampunk Tango

Craig Nybo - Creative Video Log

Composing the last song for the Rustmonster steampunk album, a tango.

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Review: Dolores Claiborne

Dolores Claiborne

Dolores Claiborne by Stephen King My rating: 5 of 5 stars If you read only one Stephen King novel in your life, perhaps you should chose Dolores Claiborne. King, since his first novel, has been a master at writing strong characters. This one stands out as one of his best. Not often does an author […]

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