L. Joseph Shosty

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L. Joseph Shosty is the most boring man alive. His books, however, are artfully written, with little explosions of excitement on every page. Go pay attention to them instead.

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L. Joseph Shosty I don't get writer's block. I've been keeping a story database for nearly twenty years. It contains over three thousand ideas, and so I never have a…moreI don't get writer's block. I've been keeping a story database for nearly twenty years. It contains over three thousand ideas, and so I never have a shortage of lies to tell people. I also don't work on one project at a time. I typically have anywhere from the three to ten shorts or novels going at once. If a scene doesn't flow, I'll work on something else, and come back later. Shifting creative gears frees my mind to dwell elsewhere. Most writers will agree that they're usually deluged with ideas for new projects while they're caught up writing the current one. It can be frustrating because you get impatient to start these new projects. I use this to my advantage. A solution to the scene I'm having trouble with usually comes to me while I'm working something else. It speeds up productivity and makes my writing time (of which I have very little) more efficient.(less)
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My character, Johnny Hardwood (Herbie's Diner), is influenced by several actors. Before World War II, Johnny, whose stage name was…more
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My character, Johnny Hardwood (Herbie's Diner), is influenced by several actors. Before World War II, Johnny, whose stage name was William Crisp, was a B-movie and radio actor. He was poised to move up in the world, but the war broke out first. I decided on this career trajectory after watching a documentary about Ronald Reagan which suggested WWII derailed Reagan's momentum as a star.

But, while Reagan would switch to television after the film roles dried up, Johnny discovered that, while he was serving his country, Hollywood had inexplicably typecast him. After returning home, he could only get roles playing detectives, heavies, or soldiers who throw themselves on hand grenades. Boris Karloff is an obvious influence here, as he was typecast playing monsters for much of his career.

While the Johnny Hardwood series owes a great deal to radio dramas like Boston Blackie, the template of the wisecracking, fast-talking gumshoe is more that of Mike Shayne. In fact, I use Richard Dennings, who played Shayne in the 60s TV series, as Johnny's physical lookalike.(less)
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One of Us, Old Boy

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Now on Wattpad

Big news, big news. I'm moving a number of my properties over to Wattpad. This includes both of my current series, Achilles & Swiss (sf) and The Hardwood Case Files (noir/mystery). These will be followed by two others, Lay of the Plagueflesh (sword & sorcery) and A Season of Worms (fantasy) when they are ready for publication. Other properties may get posted, as well.

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“And you will spend the rest of your life wondering if I have disciples to avenge me. Hire your tasters, Burbesh. Until the Master of the Sleeps comes for you, you’ll never know a taste of anything that has not touched another’s lips first. You’ll never sleep in a bed that has not been first tossed for vipers. You’ll never sit in a chair that has not been tested for poisoned barbs in its cushions. You shall never see a bath drawn for you that you will not at first fear is acid. And you’ll never have another dream where my face is not grinning at you from the shadows.” -- From "Morality for Alchemists and Thieves”
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“The gravedigger knew a fine trick. When the worms looked unhappy he would leave his place in the mausoleum and go up into the sunshine. He would go empty-handed, but when he returned, with him came a most exquisite corpse. The worms would rejoice, and they would feast upon the corpse until they were fat and could feast no more. The young would come with the old to see this trick and glory in it. No worm knew where the gravedigger got his corpses, but they were always succulent and nourishing. They praised the gravedigger’s generosity. -- From "Worms”
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“Lionel was filled with awful remorse. He asked where had Thomas been last seen, and the boy told him he was headed for the church. Lionel nodded and went home to fetch his shotgun. Throughout the crisis he had done no violence, preferring to preach the sanity of pacifism to the flock. This was different. This was a requirement of the father to the son. He prayed over the shotgun while Darla wailed with the children in the living room. He got in his truck and drove to the church. -- From "The South Fork Penance”
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“She’s at the Fall carnival because this is the South, and the South fetes the bleaker months because it has a heart more for the terrible beating of black wings than the song of a whippoorwill.”
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“Sometimes words were useless. It was the deed that would be remembered, anyway, long after the words had faded into the wind.”
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“My mother said she had me late in life because of Richard Nixon.”
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“When you no longer look like yourself anymore, that’s your body saying it’s time to punch out.”
L. Joseph Shosty, Gomes & A Murder of Confessions

“Just get me someplace safe, Miss Chase, and I’ll be happy to think of a new lie to tell you.”
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Grampy Hey, friend, I saw your "neverending book quiz" results, and they looked pretty impressive. I can't even imagine trying to answer over 3,000 questions about anything! Way to go!

Grampy Lee Ashford


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