Dennis Etchison


Born
in Stockton, CA, The United States
March 30, 1943

Died
May 28, 2019

Genre


aka Jack Martin.

Dennis William Etchison was an American writer and editor of fantasy and horror fiction. He is a multi-award winner, having won the British Fantasy Award three times for fiction, and the World Fantasy Award for anthologies he edited.

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The Dark Country

3.71 avg rating — 421 ratings — published 1982 — 15 editions
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The Fog

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The Museum of Horrors

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Cutting Edge

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3.80 avg rating — 192 ratings — published 1986 — 6 editions
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Masters of Darkness III

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3.81 avg rating — 57 ratings — published 1991
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The Death Artist

3.56 avg rating — 72 ratings — published 2000 — 5 editions
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Shadowman

3.25 avg rating — 63 ratings — published 1993 — 7 editions
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Red Dreams

3.54 avg rating — 57 ratings — published 1984 — 7 editions
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MetaHorror

3.55 avg rating — 65 ratings — published 1992 — 4 editions
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Darkside

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More books by Dennis Etchison…
“He pressed bravely ahead with his story, the outlines and preliminary versions of which by now filled two thick notebooks, reorganizing, redrafting, and obsessively re-polishing lines and paragraphs with a jeweler's precision.

But it was not good enough.

He wanted the pages to sing with ideas that had once seemed so important to him, all and everything he knew, and yet they did not, and no amount of diligence was able to bring them to life. The story came to be a burden and weighed more heavily in his hands each time he lifted it out of the drawer. After a few weeks he was reluctant to open the desk at all.

("Talking In The Dark")”
Dennis Etchison, Shadows 7

“Art isn't life, you know. It if were, the world would go up in flames. It's artifice. By definition.

("Talking In The Dark")”
Dennis Etchison, Shadows 7

“I'm living in a horror movie, all right. Only the horror doesn't have anything to do with necrophilia or black masses or crosses hung upside down, or with vampires who can't swim or zombies who work in sugar cane fields and can't stop shambling off cliffs when some guy with a jawbreaker accent says so, No, this is real life. It was running out all around him. the footprints of assassins and neo-fascists and government officials with secret closets full of tutus, private armies training in ships named after the wives of oilmen, of drunken presidents in bed with the mob and the cartels that slice up the world and stick FOR SALE signs on the pieces; while the real kings of earth lie moldering in their graves, their brains stolen away in the night and their bullet wounds altered to match storybook plots that would be laughed out of any preschool classroom. And all this while the billions sweat and grow old like the living dead, their lifeblood sucked dry by the takers of souls who need our labor to feed a hunger for power without end. The undead? What a cheapjack explanation for so much misery. There is more than enough to account for it all without falling back on the unnameable. It's already here. The trick is to see it and not flinch- there's no future in denial. It's as simple, and as enormous, as that. The truth, however bleak, was almost comforting.”
Dennis Etchison, California Gothic

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