Interesting thoughts to apply to fantasy and horror, eh?
Is the Western way of raising kids weird? – BBC Future
Applies to fantasy and science fiction, too. How do human and alien races raise babies? What impact does that have on culture and characters?
Think about it.
And a quote from him for all creators:
“I’ve told people that I feel I earn my place here on Earth each day when I am able to create something that wasn’t there before, and, in turn, some of these things enter stories that influence people.”
Interesting discussions about world-building, from a diverse collection of writers – Alastair Reynolds, Nnedi Okorafor, M. John Harrison, etc.
From one owl to everyone!
In fiction, we remember the deaths that make us sad — ScienceDaily
Meaningful deaths (death of someone that redeemed themselves or sacrificed themselves for someone else).
Happy deaths (The hero finally kills the evil villain).
Varies by genre, but across all genres, people tend to remember meaningful deaths more than others.