Check Out John Constantine's Psych Profile: "A Real Charming Gentleman"

If you're still wondering whether John Constantine's rough edges are going to be smoothed out in his new TV show, this brand new featurette — exclusively at io9 — should help to answer the question. Hell no. Watch Constantine's therapist try to analyze him, only to wind up wigging out. » 10/30/14 3:36pm Today 3:36pm

What Supposedly Scary Story Made You Laugh Instead?

The line between terror and hilarity is kind of ill-defined at the best of times. There's a reason why we have so many horror comedies. But sometimes, a movie, TV show or book sets out to be scary... and just winds up making you laugh. What's the most unintentionally funny piece of horror you've ever seen? » 10/30/14 2:17pm Today 2:17pm

How To Create A Killer Opening For Your Science Fiction Short Story

A short story is like a chess game: The opening is a huge part of whether you win or lose. The first sentence of a short story doesn't just "hook" readers, it also sets the tone and launches the plot. So here are the seven major types of short story openings, and how to pick one. » 10/29/14 1:19pm Yesterday 1:19pm

Who's The Most Fascinatingly Self-Destructive Character Of All Time?

We love to watch heroes triumph over dreadful odds — but there's also something kind of irresistible about a hero who struggles with self-destructive impulses. Oftentimes the best characters are the ones who circle the abyss? But who's the best self-destructive character in science fiction or fantasy? » 10/28/14 2:38pm Tuesday 2:38pm

10 Reasons Why You Should Be Watching Marvel's Agents of SHIELD

Marvel's Agents of SHIELD has pulled off a better trick than turning a helicarrier invisible: This Avengers TV spin-off has quietly gone from "pretty decent" to "brilliant, must-watch television." If you're not watching the Agents of SHIELD, here are 10 reasons why you should absolutely start. » 10/28/14 10:11am Tuesday 10:11am