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1 Fri October 31 2014 - 09:50:04
Fullname: ROUSSELLIER
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Comments: Dear Graham,

I have done some researches about Boudicca, both a historical and a legendary character who appears in novels, films, videogames... s
She is doing a spectacular come back in THE DOORKEEPERS, and I would be interested to know the reasons of this choice (her double statute of queen and priestess? The different versions of her death? Her legendary grave under King's Cross... ???).
But maybe I am to curious...

Thanks,

Christophe


2 Fri October 31 2014 - 09:35:58
Fullname: Graham Masterton
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Comments: Wendy, you're absolutely right about those oversights. I have always known that the US spelling is "curb" and that "parking lot" or "parking structure" is more correct in US usage. I have looked back over the UK and US editions of the book even though it was published quite a long time ago and I can see what happened. It was published first in the UK and the British editor changed the original text to suit a UK audience, and then my US publisher simply used the UK typesetting (probably for reasons of cost). I think you will find that in most of my novels set in the US, US spellings and usages are used. Thanks for pointing it out, anyway. You are the first person in 23 years to have noticed it! I hope it didn't spoil your enjoyment of the book too much.


3 Fri October 31 2014 - 06:40:50
Fullname: Wendy Wilson
Email: Gwilson1173@gmail.com
Comments: Mr. Masterton,

The most glaring example of British English in Hymn is the continual use of the word kerb instead of curb. And in the first chapters you use the word car-park instead of parking lot. I have lived in the West, the deep South, the Midwest, and New England and no one ever said "carpark." There are other, less glaring, examples: calling gasoline "petrol", spelling checkered "chequered". There were also some nonstandard sentence structures. I find it interesting that your editor wouldn't have commented on it.


4 Thu October 30 2014 - 22:49:19
Fullname: Campbell Milton
Email: boucaria@inbox.com
Comments: Thanks Graham.
You articulated how I feel perfectly. I was crushed when I lost my Nan in 1994, but losing Karen Sue has been mind numbing. I think few people understood me the way she did.
Best regards
Campbell.



5 Thu October 30 2014 - 13:00:09
Fullname: Graham Masterton
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Comments: I am interested that you thought HYMN was not written in American English, Wendy. Is there any particular example which struck you? I have set the majority of my novels in the United States and have always been careful to use US colloquial expressions, although it is very interesting how muich they vary from state to state or even from city to city. In parts of the South, for example, many words are used which still sound English rather than American, and of course French, too.


6 Thu October 30 2014 - 12:55:25
Fullname: Graham Masterton
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Comments: You have my sympathy, Campbell. I lost my own wife three years ago and I completely understand how painful and how bewildering it is. I think about her every minute of every waking hour and still light a candle for her every day. Whatever people say about time being a great healer, that isn't true. You just have to learn to live with your loss.


7 Thu October 30 2014 - 01:11:34
Fullname: Wendy wilson
Email: gwilson1173@gmail.com
Comments: Mr. Masterton, I am just reading you for the first time, Hymn. I'm wondering why you set the story in the U. S. but do not tailor your language to American English. This threw me off initially but then it just became irritating. Was there a particular reason you chose to do this? In spite of this I'm enjoying the book immensely.


8 Wed October 29 2014 - 21:26:14
Fullname: Campbell Milton
Email: boucaria@inbox.com
Comments: Hi Graham, sounds like Scarlet Widow is worth the pledge. I think I mentioned last time I wrote that my wife was in hospital. Well, they discovered pancreatic cancer, and one month after diagnosis, last Friday in the morning, she passed away peacefully when I was there. As Doug Bradley said in a different context, I feel somewhat dislocated now. I have not read The Third Katie Book yet, and Drought, both which I have. I also have Deliver Us from Evil, which I hope is fairly good( I loved the movie).
Anyway, I may have to give myself a little time to get back to , well, some place, but I am sure your books will be great therapy.
Thanks for the great Reads I have. Those and the new Led Zeppelin re-releases will I hope be a distraction.
Campbell.


9 Wed October 29 2014 - 15:35:29
Fullname: Graham Masterton
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Comments: I'm afraid that's the way I feel about it, too KR. I can't remember which writer it was, but he said he simply threw his book over the wall into Hollywood and so long as they threw a large check back, he was perfectly happy.


10 Wed October 29 2014 - 12:53:37
Fullname: KR
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Comments: There's always a lot of hope by Masterton readers that more of his books will be made into films, with the realization that there is a great likelihood that, if such films were made, they'd completely **** them up.

I remember hearing one author talking on the radio, and I just can't remember which one, but he was asked how he felt about his book being ****ed up (they used a more delicate phrase) when the film version was made. His response was that they did no damage to his book whatsoever. The book still existed in its original form. So that's one way to look at it.



11 Wed October 29 2014 - 09:37:50
Fullname: Graham Masterton
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Comments: Publication date will depend on the speed in which pledges come in, Kevin! I shoul;d be able to tell you a firm date quite soon. Unbound's books are very handsome editions and the names of those who have supported their publication are very well displayed in the back of the book.


12 Tue October 28 2014 - 19:13:10
Fullname: Kevin Etheridge
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Hi Graham

Signed up for 'Scarlet Widow' with Unbound, I wish it luck. Any idea of a publication date?

Sounds like a unique idea.

Best, Kevin



13 Tue October 28 2014 - 11:19:16
Fullname: Graham Masterton
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Comments: This is your chance to be part of a great new publishing experience. My spooky 18th century crime novel SCARLET WIDOW is to be crowd-funded by Unbound publishers. If you make a donation towards its publication, your name will appear in the book when it comes out. I have seen Unbound's books and they are the very highest quality. They are a prestige list with very good authors and one of thier titlews was longlisted for a Booker Prize. I would love to see your name printed in one of my books so follow this link and take a look at the promotional video.

http://unbound.co.uk/books/scarlet-widow



14 Mon October 27 2014 - 19:07:51
Fullname: Matt Williams
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Comments: See the news page for details of a new Polish interview to promote White Bones.


15 Sat October 25 2014 - 09:27:42
Fullname: Graham Masterton
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Comments: Mr Formica, I would love to see a TV series based on Det Supt Katier Maguire. I have already had some approaches about it. As a novelist, you can't be too fussy about what a TV producer or a movie director does to your work...it's a different medium and you have to cross your fimngers and hope they don't make a complete bish of it.

As for Native Americna timekeeping, Christophe, different tribes had different ways of calculating time so this didn't literally come into my thinking when I was writing BLIND PANIC. I set it in LA because there is more chance of a movie adaptation if you set it somewhere that is more economical for movie producers. Cynical, I know, but practical.



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