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The Dan thread (12 new)
Aug 25, 2011 03:30PM

108 To back up the dumbed down idea, what of books that are written for an adult market but perform badly, so are repackaged as YA books? Apparently this is what happened with Twilight. It was originally an adult book, but couldn't get picked up, so it was pitched as a YA, achieving success with a teen audience. And let's face it, if something is popular with teenagers, a huuuuge chunk of adults tend to follow suit. Just look at Bieber.
The Dan thread (12 new)
Aug 25, 2011 12:00AM

108 I remember having an interview at what is now Waterstones in the UK, and at the end, when they ask you if you have any questions (most people who don't have a clue at interviews here ask "How much do I get paid?"), I asked them about laws to selling books to children, just out of interest.

If I'm on the counter and a kid wants to buy, I dunno, something as extreme as Keene's Urban Gothic, or Ketchum's Weed Species, can I sell it to them knowing the content?

Turns out I can, but may wish to recommend something more suitable. There are no laws/ratings on books, and like a colleague who teaches English says to her students, there's stuff in books that will never appear on film. Ever. They wouldn't allow it. (Serbian makes me wonder though).

My gripe with YA is the language. Fifteen year olds don't go around saying 'darn it' and things like that, at least the teenagers I know don't (I'm a teacher too). But how can you get around that?

I was surprised by the level of gore and violence allowed in YA now a days. I thought back in the day that Point Horror could get pretty close to the bone, but these are tame in comparison to some of the latest YA horrors.

Would I let my kids (when they're older, my eldest is 7) read some of this stuff with the sex and the rape and the blood? Certainly. I grew up on Laymon and it never did me any harm (hehehe, perhaps. Some of my scenes beg to differ). The thing I would NOT allow my kids to read are the magazines that cater for the teenage market that have more sex in them than a bloody Mills and Boon. I would not want my 13 year old daughter to be reading about position of the week or any of that awfully trashy stuff, as I feel it encourages without consequence.

If she wanted to read my copy of Ed Lee's Brides of the Impaler, which is full of sex and hallucinogenic masturbation, it would still be a no. It's signed and therefore closely guarded. She could get her own and that's fine ><. Horror can have sex in it, often with nasty repercussions, but doesn't actively promote it. So it's fine with me.

And I too giggled over naughty scenes when I was younger, particularly with Koontz for some reason...
The Dan thread (12 new)
Aug 24, 2011 01:41AM

108 Okay, this is not an ego thing, let's have a thread about me. This is me being both disorganised, short on time and eager to return to great discussions on all things horror book related.

I get so lost with all these threads. I don't have much time left either (I'm not dying or anything. I just have an early bedtime). At least I can come back here daily...if I can find it again.

As threads tend to digress and spin off...here's a thread where exactly that can happen! So...let's get things rolling.

Considering the current generation, what would you find inappropriate to be in a YA novel? As in, if I knew my 13 year old was reading this, we'd need a talk...
Mar 28, 2011 04:52PM

108 Leisure books are great and I've discovered many brilliant horror authors through them. I have shelves' worth right here...mostly bought at a discount. Books are so expensive here in Australia, so access to cheap Leisure titles was a breath of fresh air.

But now...obviously you can't get the cheap trades anymore, so I don't need to make a decision over a boycott. It's been done for me!

But authors complaining that they can't afford legal help because they don't have any cash due to not being paid for their books? Do what everybody else does. Get a job, get money, hire a lawyer, if it means that much. I like Jennbunny and 1412's ideas too. Publishers do get away with this kind of thing if they aren't legally challenged.

I went through it with Wildchild Publishing, exact same thing of ebooks being sold without the rights and royalties not being paid (even when I bought my own book as a test!). Being in another country it was very hard to make legal threats, but threaten them I did (along with Amazon, whose legal department actually sorted the mess out). Seems there's a lot of bitchiness going on, but not any real steps to sort this out. Pah!
Graham Masterton (209 new)
Feb 26, 2011 07:35PM

108 Ah, come on Scott! Everyone catches a lucky break once in a while!

Will, I liked Walkers quite a bit. Graham seems to hit the haunted house vibe on the head every time.

Currently got Basilisk and 5th Witch on the shelf to read from Graham. Might have to chip away at my Keene and Ketchum piles first though...
Richard Laymon (1041 new)
Feb 02, 2011 03:08AM

108 Maciek wrote: "Daniel, the whole adaptation is on youtube."

Yeah, we have issues with our IP at the moment fooling with our limit...so excessive youtube has been suspended!
Richard Laymon (1041 new)
Jan 29, 2011 06:17PM

108 Loved Intensity and wish Koontz would write more like that, rather than overly long technical thrillers with cop out endings!

Wish I could see this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9qxiM...

Intensity starring Scrubs' Johnny C? Amazing.
Richard Laymon (1041 new)
Jan 29, 2011 12:59AM

108 I think it's because the books are largely as shallow as a tinker's pot (what ever that means, but I guess it's pretty shallow) and there are some stinkers out there. I know a few people that make a judgment from a single read.

I'd LOVE a copy of In Laymon's Terms, but to be honest, I don't trust Cemetery Dance enough at this point to come up with the goods.
Richard Laymon (1041 new)
Jan 27, 2011 03:42PM

108 I think that's one of the reasons I love it. It was very risky, and because of it, the book sticks in your mind.

In particular, I love it how the book gets to the action in the first few pages and doesn't let you stop for a breather for a long time. It's a stand out for pacing.
Richard Laymon (1041 new)
Jan 26, 2011 06:26PM

108 I can take the breasts. It's the camping that gets on my nerves. I'm not the outdoors type.
Richard Laymon (1041 new)
Jan 25, 2011 06:19PM

108 I have cuts on the shelf to read.

My recent gripe with Laymon is the sheer number of books in which a family, couple or group of friends go camping in the mountains and always find a lake.

My favourites have been One Rainy Night, Beast House trilogy (I still see it as a loose trilogy with Friday Night as an expansion pack) and Out Are the Lights (my first taste).

#1 spot has to be Endless Night.

Stinkers? Alarums because nothing happens, Night Show, and The Traveling Vampire Show (which everyone else seems to love).
Feb 22, 2010 11:14PM

108 The review is up.

Now for something with something supernatural to cleanse the palette. Traveling Vampire Show by Laymon.

Although I don't really classify his other vampire novels to be supernatural, or include vampires, really. Maybe this will be the one.
Feb 20, 2010 03:50AM

108 With Keene, I've read The Rising, which was great but had a bad ending (which is continued in City of the Dead, which might get around that ending) and Castaways, which I enjoyed in a 80s B movie lets just have some fun way.

I have a copy of Urban Gothic on the way which is personally signed, all thanks to one of publishers who is good mates with Brian. Ah, the fringe benefits...

Currently reading Pressure, by Jeff Strand. On the third act. I hope the ending is satisfying as so far this is one hell of a book! Please, no one mention the ending until I read and review it...
Feb 17, 2010 10:19PM

108 Let's see...reading...reading...reading...

I just finished the Tabloid Terrors series, They Bite!, Triage and am now down to one at a time with Jeff Strand's Pressure. Reviews of all the others are on my page.

I do so love doing the reviews, and don't pull the punches!
Feb 01, 2010 07:36PM

108 I got Necroscope on my shelf. Have lots to get through before I get to it though...
Feb 01, 2010 03:56AM

108 I take girls down the tunnels to get lost every weekend. I never get sex though, just another mess to clean up.
Graham Masterton (209 new)
Jan 28, 2010 05:54AM

108 House That Jack Built.

Expect my review this week, that is if I can find 10 minutes free. I'm 2 chapters off finishing book #6...and that takes priority!
Graham Masterton (209 new)
Jan 24, 2010 06:54PM

108 I loved Ritual and am currently reading The House That Jack Built. Walkers is on the shelf.

One scene in Ritual actually made me a little squeamish...which says a lot!
Graham Masterton (209 new)
Jan 24, 2010 06:54PM

108 I loved Ritual and am currently reading The House That Jack Built. Walkers is on the shelf.

One scene in Ritual actually made me a little squeamish...which says a lot!
Richard Laymon (1041 new)
Jan 16, 2010 03:27AM

108 For me, Endless Night. I think I read it in a day and it's close to 500 pages or something? (Don't have my copy to hand).

Finally have a copy of Traveling Vampire Show on my shelf awaiting a read, with Leisure and not Headline for the first time in my life (sorry. As a writer, shit like this is a big deal!).
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