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Fear in a Handful of Dust by Gary A. Braunbeck
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Jul 05, 07

bookshelves: non-fiction, horror
Read in April, 2005

As Publisher's Weekly wrote this book "gathers a good chunk of the Bram Stoker nominee's provocative writings on film and fiction, most of which appeared in Eldritch Tales, The Scream Factory and other small-press venues." What it didn't mention is that this is not a mere collection of reviews. It has those reviews but sprinkled in the context of the author's life -- which informed them -- and his look at the horror genre in general. Like King's On Writing which came later, it is not one thing but a slice of the author's life and personality which gives you the illusion you know him intimately. It took months for me to shake that illusion but I still know Gary better than any other writer.

The book suggested I read a pair of Jack Ketchum stories (which I dutifully did) and then reprint his own Stoker award winning "Duty" and discussed the real-life event that it was based upon.

This is one book I'll be reading a second time, or more.
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