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Clark Thomas Carlton

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Clark T. Carlton is an award winning novelist and playwright and has worked as a journalist, screen and television writer, and as a producer of so-called reality television. He was born in the South, grew up in the East, went to school in the North and lives with his family in the West. As a child he spent hours observing ants and their wars and pondered their similarity to human societies.

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Clark Thomas Carlton I never got to meet my paternal grandmother. I only met my paternal grandfather once! He was a cattle rancher who was married three times and apparent…moreI never got to meet my paternal grandmother. I only met my paternal grandfather once! He was a cattle rancher who was married three times and apparently he was a very difficult husband and a terrible father to my dad. When we were growing up, my father told me that this mother died when he was seven years old. Years later, we learned my grandmother was very much alive and when my dad was in his fifties, he was still getting a yearly birthday card from her with a five dollar bill in it, as if he were still a little boy. We learned her name was Alma and she wanted to visit our family after we moved to California in hopes of meeting her grandchildren. My father never answered her letters and to the very end of his life he refused to answer any questions about her.

I likely will never know why my dad wanted nothing to do with his mother, my grandmother. My guess is that she abandoned him to my grandfather who I know was a terrible parent, an illiterate and violent man who left my dad alone for weeks at a time when he was a small child and refused to enroll him in school until he was eight years old.

Some dark, terrible story is there and it's set in what is called "Old Florida" near the Gulf Coast when it was a very Southern state and a rural backwater. It's strange not to know someone with whom I share 1/4 of my DNA. (less)
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The Big Idea

This piece originally appeared as a guest blog at John Scalzi’s Whatever. Thank you, John!

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The Big Idea: Clark Thomas Carlton


Yep, it came to me in a dream, the Big Idea about a far-flung future where mini-humans live as the parasites of insects.

I was exploring the Yucatan, climbing to the top of an ancient pyramid where the hearts of human sacrifices had bee Read more of this blog post »
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“No idol, book, word, place or relic should ever be held sacred. Only human life is sacred.”
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“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.”
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“Conservatism is not about tradition and morality, hasn't been for many decades... It is about the putative biological and spiritual superiority of the wealthy.”
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“Fat’ is usually the first insult a girl throws at another girl when she wants to hurt her.

I mean, is ‘fat’ really the worst thing a human being can be? Is ‘fat’ worse than ‘vindictive’, ‘jealous’, ‘shallow’, ‘vain’, ‘boring’ or ‘cruel’? Not to me; but then, you might retort, what do I know about the pressure to be skinny? I’m not in the business of being judged on my looks, what with being a writer and earning my living by using my brain…

I went to the British Book Awards that evening. After the award ceremony I bumped into a woman I hadn’t seen for nearly three years. The first thing she said to me? ‘You’ve lost a lot of weight since the last time I saw you!’

‘Well,’ I said, slightly nonplussed, ‘the last time you saw me I’d just had a baby.’

What I felt like saying was, ‘I’ve produced my third child and my sixth novel since I last saw you. Aren’t either of those things more important, more interesting, than my size?’ But no – my waist looked smaller! Forget the kid and the book: finally, something to celebrate!

I’ve got two daughters who will have to make their way in this skinny-obsessed world, and it worries me, because I don’t want them to be empty-headed, self-obsessed, emaciated clones; I’d rather they were independent, interesting, idealistic, kind, opinionated, original, funny – a thousand things, before ‘thin’. And frankly, I’d rather they didn’t give a gust of stinking chihuahua flatulence whether the woman standing next to them has fleshier knees than they do. Let my girls be Hermiones, rather than Pansy Parkinsons.”
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Clark Carlton Hey Magenta. I saw that we had really similar tastes after you liked my review of David Sedaris's book. You have the best taste in books! Have a great week, thanks for liking!


Majenta Hello, Clark! Thank you for contacting me! Happy Monday, have a great new week! Congratulations on your book--and your series--"Antasy," perfect name! Happy reading, writing, and everything else. Blessings!

Best wishes from Majenta


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