Posts Tagged Stephen King

21 Of My Favourite Short Stories

You won’t find me doing this very often, but I am actually going to give a list of my favourites of something. The reason I don’t do this very often is that tastes change and as soon as I write my favourite down I’m sure another is going to come along and replace it. I […]

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My Favourite Book Scene

Written works – much like movies – are made up of scenes. Some are short, some are long, but it requires all of these scenes put together as a whole to make a full coherent story, and a story that works. In that regard, it is often hard for people to pinpoint a certain scene as […]

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5 Favourite Movie Adaptations of Books / Stories

In general, in my opinion, books are better than movies. There are numerous reasons for this, but the main one is that what I see in my mind’s eye is generally better than what I am presented with on the screen. I guess that the vision of the film-maker is what we’re given, and that […]

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5 Favourite Characters

I recently looked over an online ‘course’ on “developing characters” designed to – to quote the sales pitch – “make your characters come alive and jump off the page into the reader’s reality.” Needless to say, for $US75 and a nebulous sort of outcome as well as vague promises of writing riches, I never went […]

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Review: Six of the Best

This is going to sound terrible. If you read this, it seems like everything I read is wonderful or I only know how to write sycophantic reviews. Well, that’s not the case… Honestly. You see, I had the displeasure some years ago of attending a local wrestling ‘super-show’ and I wrote how bad it was […]

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WRITING HORROR

 Horror is based on one simple thing – fear. These fears can be universal (the most common is the fear of death; the second is the dark), common (spiders, cockroaches, snakes, etc), or personal (a fear of machines taking over the world). Without that sense of fear, horror does not work. Its themes are ones […]

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RIP James Herbert

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-21870413 James Herbert, long-time horror writer, has passed away, aged 69. For those who don’t read horror, his name is probably not one that springs immediately to mind. He certainly has not achieved the level of celebrity of Stephen King or Clive Barker, or considered a classic author like HP Lovecraft or Bram Stoker. But […]

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Australian Publishers… sigh!

My wife and I are both avid readers. We are also proud Australians. We try to read books by Australian authors. And there have been some fine books published. Anthologies by new authors, self-published books, POD books, classic Australian books – there are some truly strong Australian books.  However, the main publishing houses in this […]

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So… Where Do The Ideas Come From?

I’ve started hanging out with a few writers. Some are well-established, some should be well-established (because their work is really that good), some write a lot but little comes of it, while many are relatively new to this whole writing thing. And, being writers, we talk about writing and stories. I have also in the […]

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Book Review – ’11/22/63′ by Stephen King

Before I begin, I should say Stephen King is one of my favourite authors. His short stories rank amongst the best I have read, and his novel Christine has been consistently in my favourite three books for the past twenty or more years. Having said that, I have been disappointed in many of his novels […]

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