The Corn Maiden and Other Nightmares is very well written. As are the very well written reviews. Very. None of the stories are especially nightmarishThe Corn Maiden and Other Nightmares is very well written. As are the very well written reviews. Very. None of the stories are especially nightmarish or memorable, save one. I've read all of her work since college. I have championed her and been devoted to it. The last story Hole in the Head, is the nightmarish one because of the facts on trepanning. So if you're going in for brain surgery anytime, I recommend you read this first. And send a copy of it to everybody you know. And any kind of surgery actually.
Her stories here are a half-hearted performance. We go to her writing, because it's enjoyable to read and challenging. I think many of us also read her because we are in pain. She writes about that so eloquently, mystically.
Her book to writers is Faith of a Writer. It gives us everything , especially beginning writers, need of comfort and wisdom. But....there's this JCO which she uses in her fiction.
And in public appearances and finds it amusing that we think of her a certain way, dark, alone, mysterious, awkward and shy, of course it is because she paints herself that way in everything in fiction she writes, for instance, the cameo of her in her novel them. In non-fiction she is herself. If this is an act, who is she in A Widow's Story?
The tragic horrible death of her husband and how she survives is a cataclysmic thing, a study in sadness and bravery epic. I lost my deepest friend two weeks before I read this book. It saved my life. Unfortunately. Cold comfort. However, I can't tell her JCO character from Rosamund Smith, a pen name or others. Perhaps she does not know this is really her. Another writer I love did this sometime ago.
He wrote a passage of such sadness and then told us cold bloodedly how he made us feel what we did, as I was weeping over it. I felt like I had been hit in the stomach by a trusted friend. I don't trust him anymore. So yes in writing there are gimmicks.
Sadly writers can be very cruel. But if a minute of a lasting joke can tear a career apart, I don't care. In one of her stories the first line is a huge profanity. It was so funny and shocking. In the novella Corn Maiden, there is another opening of profanity. This time it's not funny. It's just tiresome. Some writers you entrust with your heart.
She writes deeply and complexly. And some of it is absolutely transcendent. But I approach it with a distance now. Writers owe us nothing. Not even their words. The pressure she faces, the hard work must be immense.
The vastness of it. The intense fearless writer of her. It's just that when a person you admire has told you a story that seems as though (s)he wrote it inside your bones, then turns around and laughs in your face, I'm sorry, but then they do owe you something. Nobody likes to get screwed over. Not by anyone.
A person can be a fine writer. Period. Watch your step, though. Read her journal for how far in depth she goes for one novel. Her Smith persona writes mystery novels about twins, so maybe like all of us, she is not sure most understandably who she is and is only playing games in her own expensive mind. ...more
This is my book about a serial killer. He would not hurt a fly. Happily, he hurts human beings or there would be no point to this book. Follow the disThis is my book about a serial killer. He would not hurt a fly. Happily, he hurts human beings or there would be no point to this book. Follow the disturbing trail of boy to man down nostalgia's darkest alleys. Nightmare of child dreams become reality of man's existence. Through university, to truck stop to jail. As old man, young man and boy try to unravel the mystery. But it's up to Chicki to provide the heart breaking answer....more
This review is from: Dystopia (Kindle Edition) Richard Christian Matheson makes words count. In DYSTOPIA, even for the third time reading most of themThis review is from: Dystopia (Kindle Edition) Richard Christian Matheson makes words count. In DYSTOPIA, even for the third time reading most of them, they still have power. They are mordant, humane, sad, horrific. Red is justifiably one of his finest stories. Reading it again, I see art work of such dexterity and timing and peeling back the label one step at a time. It should be taught in high schools and colleges. For the sheer construction of it, and most especially the ache we feel for this sad person and what happens. The fun of Canceled, Shutterbugs, The Screaming Man, Where There's a Will, and most especially the beauty, the touching of the heart in the last story. I hope anyone who has lost someone close,will read Who's You in America. You will want to say a from the heart thanks. He is extremely good. Extremely.
UNIDENTIFIED is stark and suspenseful. It tightens ratchets with each word. It will not let you go. It is pure fear. One of those great novels that yoUNIDENTIFIED is stark and suspenseful. It tightens ratchets with each word. It will not let you go. It is pure fear. One of those great novels that you just can't get enough of if you like to be frightened, also, if you like to read intelligent, taut stripped to the bone writing. It fits like a glove and Billie Sue Mosiman does not make one single slip. A good read for a cold winter night, it's fun to feel what words can do to you in the hands of a master, and that's what we have here. ...more
Thank you Amazon for helping a resurgence of the novels of Irving Wallace, through Kindle and the books. He was so good and it really was heartbreakinThank you Amazon for helping a resurgence of the novels of Irving Wallace, through Kindle and the books. He was so good and it really was heartbreaking because it seemed for so long he was being forgotten. I've re-read THE SEVEN MINUTES, THE PLOT, THE SEVENTH SECRET, THE PIGEON PROJECT and THE PRIZE and it has been an absolute joy.
These reviews explain and criticize and praise the books more than I am able. But, I can say, they are just so much fun to read. Wallace loved words and he had such a generosity of heart and mind, as shown by how he believed would be the result for the world with THE WORD. His books for the most part are long and so compelling. He was a writer who wrote big bestsellers and they were for real. I don't believe money deals were part of it then or chicanery.
He wrote such gigantic themes so huge, it is amazing. And simply good writing. He could conjure imagination and make them fact. THE PRIZE just towers by the words of a master. THE SEVEN MINUTES is still, I think, an excellent book on censorship and freedom of speech. The dialogue, the characters, are so intelligent. Sometimes, I will read bestsellers that try to fit in his domain, and I really felt stupid reading them.
It seems that he is very little dated, and that surprises me, but it should not. He wrote about sex, from Chapman to Freeburg, turning one book upside down for another. He seemed just immensely happy writing and I hope so. And fine non-fiction like THE SUNDAY GENTLEMAN, his early articles. Always entertaining and he taught with amazement.
He wrote about politics and an underground world where Hitler lived for decades afterwards we thought he had died, and Eva Braun living on. He did write predictive fiction. I think THE R DOCUMENT being published again because of the patriot act and the parallel started it..
He taught us so much about Alfred Nobel, the prize, medicine, science, history of books, trials, the newspaper business, how to make false papyrus, and he had the audacity to write the book of James himself, facts and dates and incidents, always putting human level and a man of immense knowledge and literate. He wrote books concerning world shattering. He dreamed gigantic.
I am just saying that is for me that's all and thank you for the wonderful books returning. Once, on the Tonight Show, Irving Wallace, with that trademark pipe, and a great smile and laugh, talked to Johnny about a party that Wallace had had for writers. He said, he was talking with Rod Serling, and Rod pointed at William Goldman and said "that is a real writer."
What a fantastic thing, such a huge compliment from one of the the best writers there has ever been, to another great writer, about another fantastic writer. And those were just three of the writers there. ...more
Some years ago on the Today show someone issued this statement, the tomb of James brother of Jesus had been found. The archeologist had discovered papSome years ago on the Today show someone issued this statement, the tomb of James brother of Jesus had been found. The archeologist had discovered papyrus by James written about Jesus. Whoever was the host of the Today show that morning was in golly gee wow mode. So I'm thinking of the 1970s novel THE WORD. As things developed over the week it seemed to me THE WORD was being used as a blueprint for this. Irving Wallace was a hugely successful writer, and an extremely good one. In his novel he writes the book of James. Only Wallace would be so daring. The way a forged papyrus could be made was also discussed in detail by a character in Wallace's novel. I won't tell you the plot because it's genius and I don't want to spoil it for you. It seemed obvious this one week wonder was using Wallace's book. I'm thinking if these learned men and women of the press did not remember the novel, maybe they remember the TV movie of it. Apparently not. On Friday of that same week was the tragic news that the papyrus had been destroyed in transit. What a shock. Anyway, it's a great novel. You should read it. Sadly Irving Wallace had died by then. ...more
I have lied. I can't buy this book. The prices ranges from $75 to $250. This is obscene. The people who are doing this are jackals. Jim Thompson was oI have lied. I can't buy this book. The prices ranges from $75 to $250. This is obscene. The people who are doing this are jackals. Jim Thompson was one of the greatest writers ever. He made less in total on this book than these idiots are charging for it. Is it because they revere Thompson? No! It's a Lancer book originally $.50 or $75. It's one of his last books and he wrote it just for money because he didn't have any. He was broke. His books were all out of print. He was successful. His books sold. But he never ever got the money he should have. I can't recommend him enough. I also recommend SAVAGE ART, by far the best biography of him. Want to get chilled to the bone? Read THE KILLER INSIDE ME. And that's my rant for the day. Thank you, Barry...more
It's fantastic having so many Richard Matheson books on kindle. Camp Pleasant is a study of interaction and how we subtly change each other. This is aIt's fantastic having so many Richard Matheson books on kindle. Camp Pleasant is a study of interaction and how we subtly change each other. This is a typical example of why he is such a great writer. It's involving and remembers us as kids in summer camp, starting with little moments, settling in. He paints it in sure strokes. Then the boy who is different, and a gradual escalation that ends in violence because there is something so wrong in that pleasant place. Whether you feel justification at the ending or just a sadness at what we can't retract, you will come face to face with yourself. It is up to us what we think then of that....more