I have a confession to make in regard to Ray Garton: he scares the shit out of me, and I mean that with the utmost respect and admiration. As a fan of horror and suspense novels, this is hard to come by these days. Lord knows Stephen King has given me some sleepless nights over … Continue reading Number Forty-Two: Review of Ray Garton’s Murder Was My Alibi
I’ve frequented numerous message boards over the years, the bulk of which contain information about books and comics (with some movies and music thrown in for good measure). While I’ve been fortunate enough to make some of my closest friends on these sites, the thing that keeps bringing me back year after year is the … Continue reading Number Thirty-Nine: Review of Deal Breaker by Harlan Coben
[Spoiler Note: I have done my best to review the book without revealing spoilers. I think I’ve succeeded, but if you want to go into the story completely blind, you may want to skip this blog entry.] Stephen King has been my favorite author since I read Misery close to three decades ago. While he’s … Continue reading Number Thirty-Eight: Review of Gwendy’s Button Box by Stephen King and Rich Chizmar
As readers of this site know, I was a huge fan of MTV (see my previous posts in which I introduce my essay series, talk about the music-related shows, and rank the five sexiest videos from the glory days). I was a wee lad when the channel started – somewhere in the neighborhood of six … Continue reading Number Thirty-Four: Review of I Want My MTV by Tannenbaum and Marks
Two Fridays ago I woke up to my daily-deal e-mail from Amazon Kindle, and what do I see? An anthology edited by the inimitable Lawrence Block, entitled In Sunlight or In Shadow: Stories Inspired by the Paintings of Edward Hopper, priced at $1.99. Being I’ve had my eye on the book since it came out … Continue reading Number Thirty: Abstaining From What?!
The Introduction Around 2001, I bumbled across the world of small-press publishing as I was looking for news on Stephen King's newest novel, From a Buick 8. While King news was what I came for, I stayed for the new-to-me authors who were being published in small-scale limited editions. Many of these authors did not … Continue reading Number Twenty-Nine: Catching Up With James Newman
Series fiction has been hit-or-miss for me over the years. On one hand, it can feel like coming home when a favorite character is featured in a new book (which is how I felt about F. Paul Wilson's Repairman Jack for most of his series); on the other hand it's all too easy to get … Continue reading Number Twenty-Five: Review of Robert McCammon’s MISTER SLAUGHTER