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L. Joseph Shosty was born in Texas City, Texas to working-class parents who divorced when he was still an infant. He spent the better part of his childhood moving from place to place, living in various parts of Texas, Louisiana, and Tennessee before finally settling in Winnie, Texas, a farming community seventy miles from Houston. He wrote his first story when he was three, but it wasn't until he was in teens that he realized his passion for storytelling could ever become a profession. He sold his first short story in 1998, and soon began amassing a following on the Internet. When his first story collection, Hoodwinks on a Crumbling Fence, was a disaster, he quit writing, intending never to publish another word again. He made good on this p ...more

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L. Joseph Shosty I don't get writer's block. I've been keeping a story database for nearly twenty years. It contains over three thousand ideas, and so I never have a…moreI don't get writer's block. I've been keeping a story database for nearly twenty years. It contains over three thousand ideas, and so I never have a shortage of lies to tell people. I also don't work on one project at a time. I typically have anywhere from the three to ten shorts or novels going at once. If a scene doesn't flow, I'll work on something else, and come back later. Shifting creative gears frees my mind to dwell elsewhere. Most writers will agree that they're usually deluged with ideas for new projects while they're caught up writing the current one. It can be frustrating because you get impatient to start these new projects. I use this to my advantage. A solution to the scene I'm having trouble with usually comes to me while I'm working something else. It speeds up productivity and makes my writing time (of which I have very little) more efficient.(less)
L. Joseph Shosty The piles of cash and the adoration of my millions and millions of fans. But mostly the piles of cash. I'm taking a cue from Uncle Scrooge and…moreThe piles of cash and the adoration of my millions and millions of fans. But mostly the piles of cash. I'm taking a cue from Uncle Scrooge and constructing a money bin where I can swim of an afternoon.(less)
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After checking in at the hotel Friday night, we went up to our room expecting to relax a little before bedtime. From the moment we opened the door, we noticed something was wrong. First, the hotel room was cold. Usually there's a default temperature for rooms not in use, like 75 F, and you make it colder or hotte... Read more of this blog post »
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“And you will spend the rest of your life wondering if I have disciples to avenge me. Hire your tasters, Burbesh. Until the Master of the Sleeps comes for you, you’ll never know a taste of anything that has not touched another’s lips first. You’ll never sleep in a bed that has not been first tossed for vipers. You’ll never sit in a chair that has not been tested for poisoned barbs in its cushions. You shall never see a bath drawn for you that you will not at first fear is acid. And you’ll never have another dream where my face is not grinning at you from the shadows.” -- From "Morality for Alchemists and Thieves”
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“The gravedigger knew a fine trick. When the worms looked unhappy he would leave his place in the mausoleum and go up into the sunshine. He would go empty-handed, but when he returned, with him came a most exquisite corpse. The worms would rejoice, and they would feast upon the corpse until they were fat and could feast no more. The young would come with the old to see this trick and glory in it. No worm knew where the gravedigger got his corpses, but they were always succulent and nourishing. They praised the gravedigger’s generosity. -- From "Worms”
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“Lionel was filled with awful remorse. He asked where had Thomas been last seen, and the boy told him he was headed for the church. Lionel nodded and went home to fetch his shotgun. Throughout the crisis he had done no violence, preferring to preach the sanity of pacifism to the flock. This was different. This was a requirement of the father to the son. He prayed over the shotgun while Darla wailed with the children in the living room. He got in his truck and drove to the church. -- From "The South Fork Penance”
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“When you no longer look like yourself anymore, that’s your body saying it’s time to punch out.”
L. Joseph Shosty, Gomes & A Murder of Confessions

“Just get me someplace safe, Miss Chase, and I’ll be happy to think of a new lie to tell you.”
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“I occasionally entertain guests in my office. There are too many things to do and see for them to spare more than a few moments for their professor. They certainly don’t have time for tea, and that’s a shame. I will not give in to cynicism and call them shallow, but they do concern themselves with trifles more than perhaps they should. They are so quick to be done with their education and out into the world they don’t stop to enjoy the pleasure of learning. I frequently hear the word “life” bandied about, and I wonder when they leave if they’ll truly know how to live at all.”
L. Joseph Shosty, One of Us, Old Boy

“The waitress came by with a pot of black coffee. She was a smallish woman, about forty, still had some of her looks left, but she had a hardness to her face. Money and bad men were the only things that left that much stone in a woman. I nudged my cup in her direction, and she served her purpose in life.”
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“And you will spend the rest of your life wondering if I have disciples to avenge me. Hire your tasters, Burbesh. Until the Master of the Sleeps comes for you, you’ll never know a taste of anything that has not touched another’s lips first. You’ll never sleep in a bed that has not been first tossed for vipers. You’ll never sit in a chair that has not been tested for poisoned barbs in its cushions. You shall never see a bath drawn for you that you will not at first fear is acid. And you’ll never have another dream where my face is not grinning at you from the shadows.” -- From "Morality for Alchemists and Thieves”
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Grampy Hey, friend, I saw your "neverending book quiz" results, and they looked pretty impressive. I can't even imagine trying to answer over 3,000 questions about anything! Way to go!

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