Editor’s Journal If you’ve listened to any of the Writing, Books, & Bourbon episodes of The Screw, then you’ve heard a bit about my novels. This is an update that won’t be in our upcoming podcasts. As a matter of fact, it’s a deviation from what we’ve previously recorded and will be posting in the […]

If you pay attention to this site at all, you’ve probably noticed that it’s gone through a few facelifts over the years. Some of that has been in an effort to make the content more readable while some has been merely aesthetic. What I’m after is that place that would help me bridge the gap […]

One of Scrutiny‘s past contributors, Quentin Norris, sent a tweet about distraction and procrastination a few days ago and it got me thinking about the writing process. Specifically, how much of writing is not writing? How often is writing happening when we aren’t putting a single word down on the page? Some people would say […]

The story of the original Scrutiny and some Christmas stuff… I’ve been thinking about tradition a lot lately. I guess I’m just trying to make this Christmas special. Someone accused me of trying to reclaim the magic I experienced in my youth. I thought that was an astute observation, but inaccurate. What I’m hoping to […]

Our first newsletter-only story! Like everybody else, we like to slow down around the holidays. It’s a time for celebration and tradition. In order to take a little bit of a breather, Scrutiny is going to take some time off this season. There won’t be a January story, but we’re happy to announce that there […]

Sitting around a fire this Christmas? One of the writers who has contributed to our journal, Callum McSorley, has a book coming out just in time for this holiday season. As a matter of fact, it will be available tonight. Something was Stirring: Seasonal Tales of Horror will be available right here.  If you’re into horror, […]

Scrutiny was recently thinking about how great it would be if we had the budget to create short films based on the stories we publish. Whereas that’s not possible right now, we were able to make the iPhone movie you see above. It’s not exactly what we had in mind, but maybe it’s a start. Until […]

Pushcart Prize XLII You can read María Entrialgo’s story “The Red Light Room” or listen to it on The Screw. It’s such a great little story I’m thinking of making a short video as a kind of promo. It’ll be like a mini-music video but for a short story. That’s coming soon. – Justin Meckes Photo by nick […]