Posts Tagged Stephen King

From John: Master of Horror – Ramsey Campbell

Ramsey CampbellSome 25 years ago, in what I call my “dark period,” I was deeply into horror fiction. Of course Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and others lined my shelves, but it was a British author, Ramsey Campbell that truly inspired night chills. Incarnate, his 1983 masterpiece went a long way in defining the genre, and for me, had me sleeping with the light on for a long time.

Ramsey Campbell is considered by most everyone in the horror arena to be one of the best horror writers around. He’s respected and admired by readers and fellow writers alike, with each of his new books eagerly anticipated. Peter Straub considers him to be ‘one of the few real writers in our field. In some ways. . . the best of us all.’ Clive Barker‘s opinion is that ‘Ramsey Campbell writes prose as incisive and elegant as anything the mainstream can offer.,’ His press isn’t bad either, one paper proclaiming him to be ‘generally considered the nearest thing to God’ in horror fiction. (more…)


When Anne Rice exploded onto the literary scene with the tales of the vampire Lestat, a new genre took flight.  Her series dominated the bestseller charts for the years that followed, until she abandoned her New Orleans mansion, and the dark tales that haunted those shadowed hallways.  Lestat and his kindred lay quietly in their silk lined coffins waiting for a new dark night.

In 2005 they walked again with the release of Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight, and the popularity of that novel and the books and movies that followed, breathed new life into the undead and the forces of darkness.

When Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, he decided to use the journal as his guide and reconstructed the true life story of our greatest president for the first time-all while revealing the hidden history behind the Civil War and uncovering the role vampires played in the birth and near-death of our nation.  Although Abraham Lincoln is widely revered for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. (more…)

Ursula K. Le Guin wins sixth Nebula award!

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America declares young adult book, Powers, novel of the year

Ursula K Le Guin has added a sixth Nebula award to her trophy cabinet after winning the best novel prize at this weekend’s awards ceremony.

Le Guin picked up the award for her young adult novel Powers, the third in her Annals of the Western Shore saga which follows the adventures of a runaway young slave with amazing powers of memory. She beat a shortlist that also included Terry Pratchett for Making Money, Cory Doctorow for Little Brother and Ian McDonald for Brasyl.
Already the recipient of five Nebula awards, as well as five Hugos, a National Book Award and a Grand Master award, Le Guin, 79, is the author of 22 novels, more than 100 short stories, seven books of poetry and 12 books for children.

The Nebulas are voted for by the 1,500-plus author members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and together with the Hugos are seen as the most important of the American science fiction awards. The first ever Nebula was won by Frank Herbert’s Dune in 1965; other past winners include Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes, Ringworld by Larry Niven and The Gods Themselves by Isaac Asimov. Last year’s award was won by Michael Chabon’s The Yiddish Policeman’s Union.

This year’s prize ceremony also saw Stainless Steel Rat creator Harry Harrison honoured as a Grand Master for a career that spans more than 50 years and 62 novels. On learning of his win last year, Harrison said he could “recall with a tear in one rheumy eye” the moment when the SFWA was first mooted, more than half a century ago. “Enough! Let’s look to the future not the past as we go from strength to strength and march – banners flapping – into the SF future,” he said.

The Ray Bradbury award for outstanding dramatic presentation went to Joss Whedon, creator of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly television series. “Future is my business because I write fictionalised scientifics, or as the kids call it now, fi-sci,” said Whedon in a video acceptance speech sent to the ceremony. “There is no bigger influence on my writing than Ray Bradbury – he is the forefather of us in so many ways. Nobody made fi-sci more human, more exciting … It’s stayed with me my whole life even before Stephen King, Frank Herbert and so many people I admire – Bradbury was the first.”

The best novella Nebula went to Catherine Asaro’s The Spacetime Pool, the best novelette to John Kessel’s Pride and Prometheus and the best short story prize to Nina Kiriki Hoffman’s Trophy Wives.

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(, Apr 28, Alison Flood)

Michael Connelly – In the Shadow of the Master

(, Feb. 15, Diane Scharper)

For the 200th anniversary of Edgar Allan Poe’s birth, the Mystery Writers of America have published this collection of 16 of Poe’s best works with often-insightful commentary by well-known mystery writers. As editor Michael Connelly explains it, Poe’s death in Baltimore in 1849 is shrouded in mystery, as is much of his literary output. Ill, incoherent and dressed in clothes that were not his, 40-year-old Poe could have been mistaken for several of the protagonists of his short stories. Poe’s bad temper, excessive drinking and unpredictable nature would fit perfectly into the plots of narratives included here, like “The Black Cat,” “The Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Cask of Amontillado.” But Poe was much more than a reprobate. As Stephen King, Laura Lippman and others discuss their indebtedness to Poe, one realizes the extent of his greatness. Even literary giants like D.H. Lawrence, who admired Poe’s impassioned probing of the human soul, fell under his sway.

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