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“It had been a very bad night. The rain was blasting away and the wipers and lights were hardly worth the trouble. It had been a sudden rain and I had failed to check the weather report. That had been stupid of me. It should have been a priority. I was considering this bit of…

Shameless Plug

Here is a plug for my friend Russell Rowland’s new book, which is a finalist in this year’s Amazon Breakthrough Novelist Competition. Better still, why not just go straight to my review here.

The Craft of Lovecraft

“The open book lay flat between us, with the picture staring repulsively upward. As the old man whispered the words, “more of the same” a tiny spattering impact was heard, and something shewed on the yellowed paper of the upturned volume. I thought of the rain and of a leaky roof, but rain is not…

John D. MacDonald on Stephen King

My 1991 edition of Stephen King’s story collection, Nightshift, begins with an introduction by John D MacDonald (most famous for his detective Trevor McGee and for his story, The Executioners, which provided the basis for the film Cape Fear (1962, 1991). MacDonald tells it straight. In order to write well you need: 1. Compulsive Diligence…