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Robert Dunbar

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Robert Dunbar is the author of the THE PINES TRILOGY, a series of supernatural thrillers – THE PINES and THE SHORE and THE STREETS. These novels have garnered extremely positive reviews, attracting a great many readers, and the author often blogs about his adventures in the genre world here at Goodreads.

Dunbar has written for television and radio as well as for numerous newspapers and magazines. His plays and poetry have won awards, and his short fiction has been widely anthologized. You can find an interview with him here:

Dunbar has been called "the catalyst for the new literary movement in horror" and "one of the saviors of contemporary dark fiction," which h

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Just as there are broken people, there are broken places on this earth.

Some have always been broken.

All cities have such neighborhoods at their edges, and this city is all edges … block after block of bleakly hopeless outskirts.

People don’t bury dead cities. They abandon them. They abandon them to the poorest of the poor, to the lost and the doomed.

A few streetlights may still glimmer, but the...
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“Every hunchback has his gypsy, each phantom his diva, and flames of passion consume witches and martyrs alike. For any lonely monster, tradition demands that one sacrificial soul seek immolation.
Ashe to ashes.
It remains the ultimate, transformative act of love.”
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message 43: by Josh

Josh Caporale Thank you for adding me as a friend. I hope to become more active in Literary Darkness once things begin to calm down with my college work. I have a copy of The Shore that I hope to read when I get the opportunity as well. I can definitely relate being from the Jersey Shore! I will be interested in keeping up with book and writing discussions!

PanzerBunny Do you tweet?(*ducks* just in case the subject is grating) :D

PanzerBunny Who! What! Where! Yeah yeah I know, those need a question mark, but you know me... I'm gonna exclaim, raise my tone like a crazed dolphin chasing summer interns at Sea World for sardines... Hey hey Robert, what's shakin? Hope that book is bookin, and the pizza boxes are stackin up, next to the coffee cups, and anything else that piles up while unleashing the goodstuff on that next opus of yours! Just checkin up on you my dear...

Hugs & Hisses!

message 40: by Robert

Robert Dunbar Best of luck with the book, Rusty.

message 39: by Rusty

Rusty Nugent Hello,

Hopefully, we will become great buddies. I am an 42 year old southern gentleman author. I am working on my third novel. It's an paranormal, horror, adventure, magical, romantic, urban, dark fantasy book series, named Moonwarriors. Come by and we'll chat, leave a comment.

Until Next Time . .

message 38: by Rusty

Rusty Nugent Hello There,

I am glad to meet you. How are you doing as of lately?
I have been writing on my third book, Moonwarriors: In An Blackened Dawn. You should check out my new website, then leave your thoughts and ideas on it.

Keep On Reading . . .

message 37: by Robert

Robert Dunbar Thanks, Chad. Wishing you the same. That's right -- it's still the New Year, isn't it? The weather has been so harsh, I feel like we're six months into winter.

message 36: by Robert

Robert Dunbar On it. Thanks, Isis. Right back at you!

message 35: by Isis (last edited Dec 23, 2013 03:25AM)

Isis Sousa Hey Robert, enjoy your Holidays with much inspiration and fun! :)

message 34: by Robert

Robert Dunbar Thanks, Liz. Good to meet you.

message 33: by Liz

Liz Thank you for the friend request! Happy reading and writing! :)

message 32: by Robert

Robert Dunbar Nice to meet you, Frank.

message 31: by Francis

Francis Franklin Hi - thanks for the friend invite! :-)

message 30: by Robert

Robert Dunbar Thank you so much. WILLY is such a strange and personal work -- it means a lot to me when people respond to it. It's good to meet you.

message 29: by Robert

Robert Dunbar Good to meet you.

message 28: by Jo

Jo Robert,
Thanks for letting me in! I'm looking forward to the discussions on Literary Darkness.

Jo Ann

message 27: by Robert

Robert Dunbar Nice to meet you, Lucinda.

message 26: by Lucinda

Lucinda Dear Robert,
I would like to thank you so much for being my friend here on GoodReads. As an avid reader of science-fiction and fantasy genre i do hope to have the chance to read some of your work at some point, as it is of much interest to me.Thank you once again
Kind Regards
Lucinda x

message 25: by Eric

Eric Birk Thank you for being my goodreads friend.

message 24: by Robert

Robert Dunbar I'm so glad you enjoyed it -- truly one of my favorites. Thanks for letting me know.

Pisces19 Robert, I finally read The Vampire Tapestry which you had added to my Best Vampire Horror Novels list a while back and at your recommendation. I have to give you a big thanks for suggesting it! It is really one of the finest novels of the genre that I have read so far! Thanks so much for suggesting it to me! It is one I am sure I will return to again in the future and will recommend to others.

Savannah Robert,thank you for the friendship.

Christine Hatfield Good evening

message 20: by Robert

Robert Dunbar Kari wrote: "Thanks for the add :) And for the message from the Literary Horror group ;)"

Nice to meet you, Kari. I hope you'll drop by.

message 19: by Kari

Kari J. Thanks for the add :) And for the message from the Literary Horror group ;)

message 18: by Stacy

Stacy Eaton Robert - Thank you for the friendship!

message 17: by Betryal

Betryal Thanks for the accept.

message 16: by Cheryl

Cheryl Landmark Thanks for accepting my friendship, Robert. I love reading horror and thriller type books, so I've put "The Pines" on my wish-list.

message 15: by Robert

Robert Dunbar I hear you.

Nice to meet you.

♥Laddie♥ (Lee Lee) Thanks for the request, Robert. I'm a transplant to Jersey and The Pines looks intriguing. I want it but since my wallet is light I have to wait. Stupid rent and electric bill.

message 13: by CAS

CAS Hello Robert,
Nice to meet you here on Goodreads. Thanks for the freindship invitation.

message 12: by Evan

Evan Nice to meet you, Robert.

All the best,

message 11: by Jesse

Jesse Hanson Thanks for including me among your friends, Robert.

message 10: by Robert

Robert Thank you for the kind invitation, Robert. Best of luck with your projects!

message 9: by Ruth

Ruth Khanna HiRobert, thanks for including me in your friends list! I look forward to reading your work..

Louise Thanks for the invite to Lit Horror! :-)

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Nick Cato Check out an ALL NEW interview with Robert, all ye who enter here:

Andrea Kulman It is NOT tacky to recommend your own book! You should check out ~The Drama Unfolds~ by Me/Andrea M. Kulman
hahaha... :~D

Jeannie Faulkner Barber Hey Robert, not tacky at all! Sounds like a real nail-biter!

Jeannie Faulkner Barber Hi Robert and thanks so much for adding me as a friend. I visited your web site...very cool! If you have time, I'd love for you to visit mine, I'm a novice writer so feel free to make any kind of suggestions, ideas or thoughts to correct it. I’m co-authoring a novel with Patty Wiseman, who I see is also one of your friends. We’ve known each other for over 30 years. While you're there, please sign the guestbook, too! There’s also a link to our book you can click on… This site is brand new and in the editing stage as is our story. Please visit it as well.

Louise Thanks for the add, Robert. :)

Many good wishes,


message 1: by Beth

Beth Thanks for befriending this fellow mystery/suspense author, though my cozies are tamer than your thrillers!

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