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Michael McDowell

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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 pendant 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 ability to
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The Elementals

4.02 avg rating — 15,213 ratings — published 1981 — 18 editions
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The Flood (Blackwater, #1)

3.97 avg rating — 4,959 ratings — published 1983 — 13 editions
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4.39 avg rating — 3,439 ratings — published 1983 — 11 editions
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The Levee (Blackwater, #2)

4.07 avg rating — 3,453 ratings — published 1983 — 9 editions
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Cold Moon Over Babylon

3.97 avg rating — 3,239 ratings — published 1980 — 10 editions
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The House (Blackwater, #3)

4.30 avg rating — 2,907 ratings — published 1983 — 9 editions
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The War (Blackwater, #4)

4.24 avg rating — 2,533 ratings — published 1983 — 9 editions
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The Fortune (Blackwater, #5)

4.24 avg rating — 2,289 ratings — published 1983 — 9 editions
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Rain (Blackwater, #6)

4.29 avg rating — 2,197 ratings — published 1983 — 9 editions
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Gilded Needles

4.02 avg rating — 1,700 ratings — published 1980 — 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

“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.”
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

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