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Michael A. McLellan

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Sacramento, Ca, The United States



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Michael’s love of books began with Beverly Cleary’s The Mouse and the Motorcycle when he was seven-years-old. Later influenced by the works of John Steinbeck, Harper Lee, Stephen King, James Baldwin, and Cormac McCarthy, Michael developed his style of storytelling. A self-proclaimed blue-collar writer, he draws on his experiences and observations to bring relevant and compelling topics to life.

Michael lives in Northern California and when he’s not writing, he can usually be found wandering around the Sierra Nevada and Cascade mountain ranges.

His body of work includes the 2014 novel After and Again, the 2015 novel American Flowers, and the 2017 novel, In the Shadow of the Hanging Tree, as well as various shorts and essays.

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I always wanted to write horror. Recently it occurred to me that I already do.
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The Rats in the Walls by H.P. Lovecraft
"This short story, one of the first dark jewels of Lovecraft's corpus, is a horror genre elaboration on the famous Pied Piper of Hamelin medieval legend. It has the mouldy smell of twilight, of gothic nightmare and rotten ruins, distinctive of its aut" Read more of this review »
The Bad Death of Eduard Delacroix by Stephen King
"What a page turning installment. The death of Del is terrible, Percy a real devil. The characters are extremely well drawn and the story evolves like a movie. I think this is the best execution scene on Old Sparky I ever read. The comparison of the n" Read more of this review »
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The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James
"Great compelling murder mystery with supernatural elements! Carly tries to find out why her aunt Viv vanished from Sun Down Motel 35 years ago. Was she murdered? Did she really die? When working as night shift at the Sun Down Motel herself, Carly com" Read more of this review »
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I felt a twinge of shame for drinking as much as I had, but the feeling was more than offset by the lovely feeling of emptiness inside my head. Staggering to my feet, I stumbled out to the garage and placed the empty bottle with the rest of the recycling. Squinting into the bin, I counted another four bottles, one for every night I’d run panicking from my bed in the past week. As I stared at them, the thought occurred to me that I could become an alcoholic. At that precise moment, it did not seem like an unreasonable solution to my problems.
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“I should have" is one of the most tragic phrases in the English language. Live while you can.”
Michael A. McLellan

“Break the rules; there are no boundaries.
Conformity strangles the spirit.”
Michael A. McLellan

“You go to hell!” the old man spat. “Yes yes, if such a place exists, I will surely go there someday.”
Michael A. McLellan, After and Again

“...I think that the past is all that makes the present coherent, and further, that the past will remain horrible for exactly as long as we refuse to assess it honestly.”
James Baldwin, Notes of a Native Son

“A sickness known as hate; not a virus, not a microbe, not a germ - but a sickness nonetheless, highly contagious, deadly in its effects. Don't look for it in the Twilight Zone - look for it in a mirror. Look for it before the light goes out altogether.”
Rod Serling

“I was hostile to the white man…We preferred hunting to a life of idleness on our reservations. At times we did not get enough to eat and we were not allowed to hunt. All we wanted was peace and to be let alone. Soldiers came…in the winter..and destroyed our villages. Then Long Hair (Custer) came…They said we massacred him, but he would have done the same to us. Our first impulse was to escape…but we were so hemmed in we had to fight. After that I lived in peace, but the government would not let me alone. I was not allowed to remain quiet. I was tired of fighting…They tried to confine me..and a soldier ran his bayonet into me. I have spoken.”
Crazy Horse - Sioux Chief

“...the worst aspect of our time is prejudice... In almost everything I've written, there is a thread of this - man's seemingly palpable need to dislike someone other than himself.”
Rod Serling

“Happiness is not a possession to be prized, it is a quality of thought, a state of mind.”
Daphne Du Maurier, Rebecca

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Michael McLellan Lol. Thanks Graeme. My better half insisted that I ditch the sunglasses.

Graeme Rodaughan Nice photo update. Looking relaxed.

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