Monday, September 29, 2014


Bram Stoker Award-winning editor and author, Michael Knost will be conducting three days of FREE writing workshops for the public. Michael won the 2009 Bram Stoker Award while in Brighton, England for his Writers Workshop of Horror (Woodland Press 2009), a how-to book on writing.

No matter if you are a beginner, an amateur, or a professional, you will benefit from these FREE classes. You do not need to be a writer to attend—maybe you are just interested in the writing process.

Michael teaches these classes all over the country, charging hundreds of dollars, but wanted to offer the residents of Logan County an opportunity to learn the craft of writing without having to travel all over the country. “When I started writing, I had to pay thousands of dollars for workshops in New York, Kansas, Pennsylvania, and Maryland,” Michael said in a recent interview. “I want the talented folks in Logan County to be able to get the same quality classes right here at home at no cost to them.”

Sponsored by the Logan County Commission and the Logan County Public Libraries, the classes are not only FREE to the public, but will also include certificates of completion for each attendee.

Michael’s most recent book, Return of the Mothman (Woodland Press, 2013) is getting tremendous international reviews, and is a fan favorite in the horror/thriller genres.

The class schedule is as follows:

Buffalo Creek Public Library
Friday, Oct 24, 2014 - 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.
511 East McDonald Avenue
Man, West Virginia 25635
(304) 583-7887

Enjoy these FREE classes:
  • ·       Plot
  • ·       Point of View/Dialogue
  • ·       Creating Great Characters

Chapmanville Public Library
Friday, Oct 31, 2014 - 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.
299 Vance Street
Chapmanville, West Virginia 25508-9423
(304) 855-3405

Enjoy these FREE classes:
  • ·       Flashbacks & Backstory
  • ·       Foreshadowing
  • ·       Suspense & Tension

Logan Public Library
Friday, Nov 7, 2014 - 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.
16 Wildcat Way Logan, WV 25601
(304) 752-6652

Enjoy these FREE classes:
  • ·       Show, Don’t Just Tell
  • ·       Writing the Action Scene
  • ·       Plot vs. Character

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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Buy Return of the Mothman and get FREE copy of LampLight Magazine

Use the BUY NOW button below to pay via credit card or PayPal:

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Barbers & Beauties copies for Active and Lifetime HWA members for Bram Stoker Award® consideration.

In accordance with the Bram Stoker Award® rules, I am pleased to offer copies of Barbers & Beauties, the flip-book anthology co-edited by Michael Knost and Nancy Eden Siegel to Active or Lifetime HWA members for consideration.

Specify desired version (PDF, MOBI/KINDLE/EBOOK, or TRADE PAPERBACK) when making your request. Contact Michael Knost with your information and format preference at:

Barbers & Beauties is a flipbook anthology with four stories from male writers on one side and four stories from female writers on the other side, each exploring the dark possibilities of beauty.

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Friday, November 1, 2013

I'm having a product sale to make room in my office. (FREE U.S. Shipping!)

I have the following products available in case you are interested. Shipping is FREE to U.S. residents. I can autograph or personalize each. The DVDs are not from the online classes...I specifically produced them for DVD. Pay via credit card or PayPal with product-specific links:






Michael Knost

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

New Online Writing Class: The Art of Subtlety in Fiction

The Art of Subtlety in Fiction
Friday, November 1, 2013 – 9:00PM EST.

Finesse elements you can use to turn good writing into great writing.


Use the following link for credit cards or PayPal:

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Astronaut for a Day

I don’t remember how old I was, but I do know that I was very young. It was getting close to Halloween, and my mother and father were working hard on my costume. I wanted to be an astronaut, so they worked at piecing together what looked very much like a spacesuit. It was fantastic. Every detail was perfected and looked authentic—including the space helmet.

We had an old space-age television set that didn’t work. It was a perfect white sphere with a plastic screen that looked just like an astronaut’s face shield. Dad gutted all the electronics from the set and cut a hole in the bottom so it would fit over my head—it as perfect of an astronaut’s space helmet as you’d ever see.

On Halloween night my next-door-neighbor’s father took his children and me trick-or-treating near the rich part of town. We absolutely racked up on candy and goodies. I had a shopping bag practically full, and was still ringing doorbells when we reached the house that turned everything upside down.

As my chubby little finger moved closer to the warm, glowing button that would ring the doorbell, the front door opened very quickly. Jumping nearly out of my skin, I found an old witch—complete with green skin and all—standing at the door and cackling eerily. We were all so terrified that we slowly began backing up to get off the porch, when all of a sudden another witch came running from around the side of the house, screaming wildly and heading straight for us!

I turned around so fast that my space helmet stayed in place—meaning it was now on backwards and I couldn’t see a thing. But that didn’t stop me from running! I was screaming with everything in me, and running as fast as my little fat legs would carry me. Candy and goodies were flying everywhere as I was literally running for my life.

I didn’t know it at the time, but I’m told I was heading blindly for a huge tree when my friend’s dad finally caught me. Well, I thought one of the witches had grabbed me so I kicked and fought like a wild man. Mr. Shepherd could barely hold me because he was winded from running after me, but probably more so because he was laughing so hard at the whole situation.

“It’s okay, Mike,” Mr. Shepherd said. “Those are people dressed up like you.”

“Are you sure?”

“I’m positive,” he said. “Now where is your bag of candy?”

“Huston, we have a problem.”

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013


If you could sign up early, I would appreciate it. I cancelled the last course because I didn't hear from anyone until the last minute, and by that time, I'd cancelled the class. Thank you.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013 9PM EST
STRUCTURE AND STRUCTURE - Workshoppers will learn many techniques in structure, as well as ways to allow great passion to come through without losing the elements needed for the story to work
Class cost: $30.00
Pay via credit/debit card or PayPal with the following link:

Michael Knost

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