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Jodi Renée Lester

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Jodi Renée Lester is a writer, editor, and transcriptionist. Her stories “Casting Lots” and “The Guixi Sisters” appeared, respectively, in Aaron J. French’s SONGS OF THE SATYRS (2014) and Lisa Morton’s Stoker-nominated MIDNIGHT WALK: Fourteen Original Tales of Terror and Suspense (2009). Jodi honed her skills as an editor with indie crime publisher UglyTown and has since worked with award-winning authors, mostly in the horror genre. She has just recently joined the ranks of Probably King as an editor of literary works that have been translated from Italian to English and, in her spare time, transcribes for SERIAL KILLER MAGAZINE. Jodi studied creative writing with Dennis Etchison and is a member of the Horror Writers Association. She lives ...more

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Midnight Walk
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“A writer must stand on the rock of her self and her judgment or be swept away by the tide or sink in the quaking earth: there must be an inviolate place where the choices and decisions, however imperfect, are the writer’s own, where the decision must be as individual and solitary as birth or death.”
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“My dis-interest in what people speak of as "women's problems," "women's literature." Have women a special sensibility? No. There are individuals uniquely talented & uniquely equipped to interpret the complex symbolism of the world but they are certainly not determined by gender. The very idea is astonishing. [...] Energy, talent, vision, insight, compassion, the ability to stay with a single work for long periods of time, the ability to be faithful (to both one's writing and one's beloved)--these have nothing to do with gender. [...] The sensibility of a Virginia Woolf, for instance. It's her own, it's uniquely hers. Not because she is a "female" but because she is, or was, Virginia Woolf. Not more sensitive than Henry James or Proust or James Joyce, consequently not more "feminine" in the narrow & misleading sense people use that term today....But then I suppose critics must have something to write about. [...]”
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message 7: by Jodi

Jodi David wrote: "...I cannot understand how such a great writer doesn't have more fans, so its always good to find one. It is also always nice to hear from a writer."

I wonder the same thing. I once asked Ramsey Campbell about Stephen Gregory because he had blurbed one of Gregory's books, but I seemed to catch him by surprise. But I did hear Ramsey Campbell bring him up recently and favorably, and just as he was about to talk about the elusive writer, he got cut off by a question that redirected the conversation.

We're doing a December read on The Waking that Kills over at the Literary Horror group. You might want to check that out.

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David Thanks for the friending. I love Gregory's books. I cannot understand how such a great writer doesn't have more fans, so its always good to find one. It is also always nice to hear from a writer.

vivliovision Thank you Jodi for your kind comment on my review:

vivliovision I'm really glad you've liked my review []

Thanks Jodi! Jodi Renee Lester

vivliovision I'm glad you've liked my comment on Murakami's Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World Thank you very much, indeed.

message 2: by Jodi (last edited Jul 22, 2012 03:28PM)

Jodi Getting bored with your summer reading?

More from from The Readers' Advisory Guide to Horror 2nd Ed. by Becky Siegel Spratford, American Library Association, 2012, P. 134-35:


Short Story Collections
Horror is alive and well in the short story format. Horror readers seek out short stories not only to enjoy their favorite established authors but also to identify new voices. It is a format popular with many horror fans and should not be overlooked...

The most important advice for the readers' advisor who is helping readers with horror story collections is to become familiar with the top editors in the industry. Considered the best editor in the horror community, Ellen Datlow is without peer...Another editor on the rise is Lisa Morton. Both women are represented in box 13.7.

The list in box 13.7 is focused on acclaimed collections containing horror short stories of which you should be aware...

Christopher Conlon, ed., He Is Legend: An Anthology Celebrating Richard Matheson
He Is Legend  An Anthology Celebrating Richard Matheson by Christopher Conlon
Ellen Datlow, ed., Inferno: New Tales of Terror and the Supernatural
Inferno  New Tales of Terror and the Supernatural by Ellen Datlow
Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio, eds., Stories: All-New Tales by Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio
Stories  All-New Tales by Neil Gaiman
Del Howison and Jeff Gelb, eds., Dark Delicacies series
Dark Delicacies  Original Tales of Terror and the Macabre by the World's Greatest Horror Writers by Jeff Gelb Dark Delicacies II  Fear  More Original Tales of Terror and the Macabre by the World's Greatest Horror Writers by Del Howison Dark Delicacies III  Haunted by Del Howison
John Langan Mr. Gaunt and Other Uneasy Encounters
Mr. Gaunt and Other Uneasy Encounters by John Langan
Joe R. Lansdale, ed., Retro Pulp Tales series
Retro Pulp Tales by Joe R. Lansdale Son Of Retro Pulp Tales by Joe R. Lansdale
H.P. Lovecraft Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos
Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos by H.P. Lovecraft
Lisa Morton, ed., Midnight Walk
Midnight Walk by Lisa Morton
Peter Straub, ed.,Poe's Children: The New Horror: An Anthology
Poe's Children  The New Horror  An Anthology by Peter Straub
Douglas E. Winter, ed., Prime Evil: New Stories by the Masters of Modern Horror
Prime Evil  New Stories by the Masters of Modern Horror by Douglas E. Winter

message 1: by Jodi (last edited May 09, 2012 11:00AM)

Jodi Grey Matter, a Stephen King short film adaptation, is screening at the Los Angeles Fear and Fantasy Film Festival on Thursday, May 17th at 8:15. Tickets are $15 and available online or at the door IF it doesn't sell out.

Produced by my dear friend Andi Hamamoto Kowal, directed by the uber talented James Burgess Cox and with chilling performances by Tyler Chase and Rob Patterson.
May 17 - 8:15 PM - Mimesis & Stephen King's 'Grey Matter'

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