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Howdunit: Book of Poisons

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  • Thorough guide catalogs classic poisons, household poisons, poisonous plants and animals and more
  • Contains information on toxicity, reaction time, effects, treatments
  • Advice on how to create your own fictional poison

Mystery, thriller, and suspense writers have long turned to the Writer's Digest Howdunit series to find the accurate, detailed information that adds credibility to their work. In Book of Poisons, the first book in the new series, beginning and veteran writers will find the information they need to make their novel or short story compelling and realistic.

Whether you have hopes of becoming a screenwriter for a show like Grey's Anatomy, a crime novelist, or a short story author, you'll reach for this book over the technical medical references you've been used to wading through. The authors include chapters dedicated to explaining symptoms, administration, reaction time, and toxicity levels of everything from the classic cyanide and strychnine to household poisons, deadly plants, insects, snakes, medicine, industrial poisons, street drugs, chemical and biological weapons, and much more. Wherever possible, they've added bits of information that could provide even more interesting details for your lucky—and unlucky—characters. A glossary of medical terms and a handy cross-reference makes research fast and easy.

Today's savvy agents easily spot inaccuracies in a novel or short story submission. Get your facts straight by using Howdunit: The Book of Poisons. Otherwise, your manuscript will meet the trashcan faster than a dose of arsenic—without the old lace.

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Meet the Author: Anne Bannon

Anne Bannon has written for magazines and newspapers across the country, including Emergency Physicians Monthly and Homeland Protection Professional.

Meet the Author: Serita Stevens

Serita Stevens is a registered nurse who works as a clinical director and as a legal nurse investigator on medical-related cases. She also helps film companies medically bullet proof their scripts, and her book, The Forensic Nurse, has been optioned for a TV show.

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Details: Writing a successful mystery novel or screenplay is more than just keeping readers intrigued or making an audience jump out of their seats. Even the smallest of details has to be authentic and believable to evoke the intended effect.

You’ll learn the ins and outs of building a plot with heinous crimes, meticulous investigations and disturbing characters that surprise your audience around every turn. With this exclusive collection, you get 12 incredible resources to help you write the most cutting-edge and current thriller that the reader won't want to put down.