Raymond Chandler is the author I'm obsessing most over these days, and here's just a few of the reasons why: 1 - His prose Here are examples just from the start of The Little Sister, which I am now reading. The pebbled glass door panel is lettered in flaked black paint: 'Philip Marlowe... Investigations'. It… Continue reading Raymond Chandler – A Growing Obsession
If you haven't read The Silence of The Lambs you are in for a treat. I am going to assume you've seen the movie, right? Well, there's a surprising element to the book, one that I had not expected when I read it. Since reading it, something I did to study how Thomas Harris pulled… Continue reading The Silence of the Lambs and the Surprise it Holds for Writers
If you are on Instagram, you should take a look at something called #circleofbookishfriends It's booky-thing (of course) where you get a prompt like "Favorite author" or "Women Wednesday". The posts are, more often than not, Stephen King or horror-related, as the people who started the Circle of Bookish Friends (I think it was mother.horror)… Continue reading Just Some Fancy Books – Instagram
I was tagged in a thing about inspiration on Twitter but instead of replying there I decide to write a blog post. Here's the original tweet: https://twitter.com/IngaMBeck/status/995990530608828417 These have recently inspired me in my writing: Book The Long Goodbye and The Silence of the Lambs. I'd read Chandler's first book, The Big Sleep, a few… Continue reading What Inspires You?
Okay, here's a deal you might want to take a gander at. It's a deal I have a special interest in. You see, I was in a rather smashing book once. Well, a tiny story of mine was in the rather illustrious Apex Book of World SF 4, and now that collection is part of… Continue reading Oh Fancy! THE WORLD SF BUNDLE (You really should take a look at this)
A few days back, Bloodshoot Books' publisher Pete Kahle wrote a post on Facebook where he challenged himself to list his favorite horror books that aren't by Stephen King or Dean Koontz. King and Koontz get so much attention (and money) and there are a lot of great, under appreciated books out there. Pete's list… Continue reading 42 Great Horror Books (That Aren’t King or Koontz)
Here's Max Booth III's Isaac, the main character in the book The Nightly Disease, to tell us. "This is my take on it. Hotels are the kind of places you don’t mind bringing your family to—you can expect good service, a nice breakfast. Motels, on the other hand, are where people take cheap dates for… Continue reading What’s The Difference Between a Hotel and a Motel?
Eileen is a well-written and strange little book, that is hard to recommend. But stay with me. It's slow. Fully three fourths of the book are just a few days in the life of Eileen, a rather odd young woman with no ambition and a social recluse by choice. She just goes to work at… Continue reading Eileen – Book Review