Winner of the April 2021 Fan Fiction Short Story Contest: J.M. Stephens

Author J.M. Stephens wins the April Fan Fiction writing contest with Batman and Robin: The Chinese Connection, a hilarious, fun-filled romp through the golden-age of television. April 2021—Prose Opiate’s most prolific and frequent contestant, J.M. Stephens, has completed a new e-book and won the April Fan Fiction contest.  Batman and Robin: The Chinese Connection readsContinue reading “Winner of the April 2021 Fan Fiction Short Story Contest: J.M. Stephens”

The Mystery of Mysteries

Writing a good mystery is tough. Mysteries are probably some of the toughest projects I’ve ever undertaken as a writer because I wanted to do it right, and they’re so easy to do wrong. A lazy mystery writer will produce a story that’s technically a mystery, but wrongly relies on unpresented information, esoteric information, convenientContinue reading “The Mystery of Mysteries”

Winner of the March 2021 Science Fiction Short Story Contest: Clark Endicott

Amateur author Clark Endicott wins the March science fiction writing contest with “Moksha,” an action-packed tale that interrogates reality, identity, and loss. March 2021—We received a few good entries for our science fiction short story contest, but Mr. Endicott’s speculative sci-fi action piece, Moksha, stood well above the rest. He declined the author spotlight interview,Continue reading “Winner of the March 2021 Science Fiction Short Story Contest: Clark Endicott”

Winner of the February 2021 Romance Short Story Contest: J.M. Stephens

This month I corresponded with amateur writer J.M. Stephens, winner of the February 2021 Romance Short Story Contest. Stephens is a mysterious figure who prefers to write erotica but recently branched out into other genres. Most of his work is available on Bookrix.com. Admin: What can you tell us about the process or inspiration behindContinue reading “Winner of the February 2021 Romance Short Story Contest: J.M. Stephens”

What is Love?

It’s time to talk about the romance genre, and I want to start by dropping a bit of a bomb on you (a big bomb if you’re really into romance novels): Romance Novels are just like High Fantasy novels. Seriously. Not only are romance and high fantasy two of the oldest sub-genres known to mankind,Continue reading “What is Love?”

Winner of the January 2021 Fantasy Fiction Contest: J.M. Rivers

This month, I corresponded with writer J.M. Rivers, winner of the January 2021 Fantasy Fiction contest. Rivers is a journalist who pursues fiction writing and poetry as a hobby. She prefers to write romance, fantasy, and erotica, which can be found on Bookrix.com. Admin: So, first question: Who is J.M. Rivers? Do you write professionally,Continue reading “Winner of the January 2021 Fantasy Fiction Contest: J.M. Rivers”

Is this just fantasy?

Fantasy, you could argue, is the oldest of the literary genres, starting some four or five-thousand years ago when Gilgamesh and Enkidu formed the first party of adventurers and set out to slay Humbaba the Terrible in the name of glory. Ancient peoples told stories of gods that influenced their lives and monsters that layContinue reading “Is this just fantasy?”

Winner of the December 2020 Young Adult Fiction Contest: J.M. Stephens

This month I corresponded with amateur writer J.M. Stephens, winner of the December 2020 YA Fiction contest. Stephens is a mysterious figure who prefers to write erotica but recently branched out into other genres. Most of his work is available on Bookrix.com. Admin: Hey, Mr. Stephens. Thanks for joining me and thank you for submittingContinue reading “Winner of the December 2020 Young Adult Fiction Contest: J.M. Stephens”

Winner of the November 2020 Historical Fiction Contest: J.C. Laird

As the only author to submit a story for the November 2020 Historical Fiction contest, J.C. Laird becomes the first two-time winner on Prose Opiate. Since I already covered his personal and professional history as a writer in a previous post, this month, I stuck to questions only about his winning submission, A Destiny Fullfilled.Continue reading “Winner of the November 2020 Historical Fiction Contest: J.C. Laird”

“Kids These Days”

What a terrible phrase. Of the many failings that adults have, I find the in-group mentality and our pattern of forgetting who we used to be among the most upsetting. It’s tiring, really. There are records of people complaining about “kids these days” dating back thousands of years, and I guarantee that we’ve been regurgitatingContinue reading ““Kids These Days””