Michael McDowell

Michael McDowell


Born
in Enterprise, AL, The United States
June 01, 1950

Died
December 27, 1999

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Michael McDowell is a prolific horror writer who has distinguished himself with a varied body of work within the genre. He was born in Enterprise, Alabama, in 1950 and died of AIDS-related illness in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1999.

His first horror novel, The Amulet, relates the tragedies that befall various individuals who come in possession of a supernatural bracelet in a small town.

In McDowell's second novel, Cold Moon Over Babylon, a murdered woman's corpse is dispatched into a river, but her spirit roams the land, and in the evening hours it seeks revenge on her killer even as he plots the demise of her surviving relatives.

Don D'Ammassa, writing in the St. James Guide to Horror, Ghost & Gothic Writers, noted that McDowell's abilit
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The Elementals

4.05 avg rating — 4,229 ratings — published 1981 — 9 editions
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Cold Moon Over Babylon

3.98 avg rating — 1,083 ratings — published 1980 — 7 editions
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The Flood (Blackwater, #1)

4.18 avg rating — 694 ratings — published 1983 — 5 editions
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The Levee (Blackwater, #2)

4.26 avg rating — 528 ratings — published 1983 — 4 editions
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The House (Blackwater, #3)

4.37 avg rating — 484 ratings — published 1983 — 4 editions
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4.50 avg rating — 554 ratings — published 1983 — 9 editions
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The War (Blackwater, #4)

4.33 avg rating — 444 ratings — published 1983 — 4 editions
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Rain (Blackwater, #6)

4.38 avg rating — 433 ratings — published 1983 — 4 editions
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The Fortune (Blackwater, #5)

4.32 avg rating — 430 ratings — published 1983 — 4 editions
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The Amulet

3.84 avg rating — 523 ratings — published 1979 — 6 editions
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“Someone once asked me what I thought horror fiction did. What its purpose was . . . I replied that when I wrote horror fiction, I tried to take the improbable, the unimaginable, and the impossible, and make it seem not only possible--but inevitable.”
Michael McDowell

“In the hour before a thunderstorm, the color of the forest deepens: the pine needles take on a dense vibrant greenness they possess at no other time, the slender trunks go black, and the leaden sky above sinks lower by the minute.”
Michael McDowell, Cold Moon Over Babylon

“I would be perfectly willing if a publisher came up to me and said, "I need a novel about underwater Nazi cheerleaders and it has to be 309 pages long and I need fourteen chapters and a prologue.”
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