Beyond the Dark and Stormy Night

You find the story that pours from your pen like blood from a wound. The words are a blueprint to your soul. It consumes your life, invading your dreams and nightmares. You yearn for relief, for the world to share your joy and sorrow. And you want to get paid doing it.

Welcome to the Dark Calamus. We are writers who love fantasy. The kind of stories that transport you to a different world. That make your heart pound and your stomach flutter. That haunt and delight you. And we want to help you get better at making them.

Kit has six years professional writing experience, nine published (ghostwritten) novels, and a B.S. in Biology for some reason. They’ll be the one offering writing tips and professional editing and writing services.

Emily is a voracious reader of fantasy and mystery fiction, and she is working on her own novels. She’ll be doing book reviews and marketing.

Together, we hope to give aspiring writers, and even a few veterans, new ways to improve their creative process and share their personal universe with the world. We want to focus on concrete advice with modern examples that can be understood by those of us without training in classical literature.

Stories Have Never Been More Important

Narrative is the poetry that connects the numbers, the music to go with the math.

Casey Seiler, journalist

The Universe is made of stories, not atoms.

Muriel Rukeyser, poet and social activist

Only thin, weak thinkers despise fairy stories. Each has a true, strange fact hidden in it…

Diana Wynne Jones, Fire and Hemlock

Let’s create worlds together!