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Development Hell

3.3  ·  Rating Details ·  30 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Cemetery Dance Publications is proud to announce the first-ever novel from Mick Garris, acclaimed director of Desperation, Riding The Bullet, The Shining, The Stand, and many others!

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Hollywood, California: the Bermuda Triangle of art, sex, and commerce. The beautiful people make their daily deals with the devil on the sun-dappled patio at the Ivy, not in a f
Hardcover, 307 pages
Published February 1st 2006 by Cemetery Dance Publications
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Mick Garris is a talented and extremely likable movie director best known for having adapted a whole slew of Stephen King novels into film. THE STAND, BAG OF BONES, RIDING THE BULLET, DESPERATION, SLEEPWALKERS, and the miniseries version of THE SHINING are all Mick Garris films based on King's work. Additionally, Garris is known for his dual role as producer/contributor to Showtime's MASTERS OF HORROR anthology. With so many movies to his credit, few people realize that Garris started out his ca ...more
David Agranoff
Feb 23, 2011 David Agranoff rated it really liked it
OK as a fellow horror writer it is easy to green with envy of any writer who has a blurb from Clive Barker, or Stephen King. You might be jealous if a writer has a blurb from director Frank Darabont (the walking dead, Shawshank Redemption) or maybe Richard C. Matheson. Yeah this book has blurbs from all those genre heavyweights. I was jaded about that because Mick Garris is a filmmaker, who has toiled in the B movie and Stephen King made for TV salt mines for years. I assumed his first novel wou ...more
Ade Grant
Jan 28, 2013 Ade Grant rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I was a youngster I watched Stephen King’s The Stand on television. I remember it was during the great mad cow disease scare and due to the combination of that apocalyptic film (and the hysterical news coverage) I got it into my head that we’d soon all be dropping like flies and I’d have to smother my family with pillows before the end.

Fortunately this never actually happened, but I was left with a love for that adaptation of The Stand, which years later I learned was directed by Mick Garri
Alison C
Mar 13, 2015 Alison C rated it did not like it
Development Hell, by Mick Garris, features a nameless antihero who works, lives and dies in Hollywood; he's a screenwriter and director whose work is very poorly received. He falls in love, then loses everything when his wife has a stillborn child, after which he commits suicide in a very public manner; from that time on, he is a disembodied spirit looking for flesh to inhabit. Whenever he finds a host, however, he manages to ruin that individual's life as well.... I really, really hated this bo ...more
Dec 21, 2014 Jack rated it liked it
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How do I rate this book? It seems nearly impossible. I'll start by saying that Mick Garris is an extremely talented prose writer. He has a very literary style. I highlighted several passages in the book that were excellent. He crafts beautiful sentences. But the plot of the book itself is a disjointed mess. This isn't a novel so much as a group of short stories with thinly-written transitions to paste them together. As short stories, they would be pretty good. Each individual story is competent ...more
Jan 06, 2008 Donald rated it really liked it
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Stephen King recommended. He says: "Mick Garris writes like a combination of Robert Bloch and James Ellroy, hardboiled noir with a ghastly little prick of the devil’s own pitchfork."
Jul 29, 2012 Scott rated it it was ok
Very meh. I recall reading the opening chapter as a short story at one time. Did not get much better really. Good thing I got it 1/2 off as a mobi file from Cemetery Dance.
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Mick Garris is a producer, director, screenwriter and novelist specializing in the horror genre. He has had his hand in dozens of films and television shows, published several works of fiction, and is perhaps best known for his long and fruitful association with author Stephen King.

Garris was born in Santa Monica, California, and grew up in the San Fernando Valley. He began making home movies at t
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