26 Wed November 20 2013 - 18:41:31
Comments: Read THE DEVIL ALL THE TIME by Donald Ray Pollock. Very, very good. I highly recommend it. Gonna have to read KNOCKEMSTIFF now. Just finished Graham Joyce's HOW TO MAKE FRIENDS WITH DEMONS. Another great one from the master. He really is one of my favs. Has anyone read Daniel Woodrell? I've read TOMATO RED and just started GIVE US A KISS. He's good. Kinda has a Cormac McCarthy thing going on. If you like Pollock, you should like him
27 Tue November 19 2013 - 01:15:05
Comments: Greetings, All.
Hope the seasonal shift is treating you all well.
What's everyone been up to? I've been reading Harry Crews (always unsettling) as well as Gary Mcmahon,Jeremy Shipp and finally, got to read I AM SAM. Which was amazing.
Also been busy helping put the finishing touches on Shock Totem's next issue as well as some of our non-magazine releases.
Hope all of you are well!
28 Sun November 17 2013 - 19:18:53
Comments: Hi Jack,
Just been catching up on your boards as ive not been around lately, having a bad time. 3 months ago i found out that i have cancer for the second time and this time its incurable, hoping they can keep it under control with chemo again. Life sucks!
Just ordered 'Knockemstiff' by Donald Ray Pollock' as reccomended by others here so looking forward to that arriving. Keep safe x
29 Mon November 11 2013 - 23:50:18
Comments: Hi Jack and All,
you'd be happy to hear I finally gave in halfway through Pontypool and am not regretting having done so.
I am now reading "The watcher" by Charles Maclean. A completely different kettle of fish. So far, brilliant.
Have you read it? Your thoughts? Cheers
30 Sun November 10 2013 - 22:12:00
Fullname: ilene kaplan tamburri
would love to catch up again.
Best wishes always.
31 Sun November 10 2013 - 20:17:38
Comments: Hi, all...IAN -- I'm probably not a bad teacher because I genuinely like to teach, plus I'm a bit of a ham. FREE PUSSY RIOT indeed! I share your thoughts on all this. DIRK -- I haven't read Franklin but he sounds interesting. COWS was disgusting but I read the damn thing in two sittings. Still, I think I've read enough of this guy. As to Ed Lee, his output is huge, and you can't be amazing ALL the time...FEDY -- life is too short and there are too many great books out there to bother with one that doesn't measure up for you. I dump 'em. AMET -- sorry about the spelling...amazing to me that Halloween should have such teeth over there! Somebody should write about it. We never hear about any of this in the States. How about you? And yes, I did sell the rights to OFF SEASON and OFFSPRING, not for much, but I got paid...JIM -- thanks for the recommends. I've read most of these, actually, and I keep meaning to get the restored THE WOODS ARE DARK, since that was the first Laymon book I hever read. I saw its flaws, but man, was it different! Picked up THE CELLAR subsequently and that sealed the deal for me...FATHER SHEEHAN! I always thought you'd play the White House one of these days! Good to hear from you, old friend. Happy Birthday to me and best to all, D.
32 Sun November 10 2013 - 17:27:48
Comments: Happy Birthday!
Your health, sir. Thank you.
33 Sun November 10 2013 - 10:20:22
Fullname: John Sheehan
Comments: HAPYY BIRTHDAY! I'm on my way to Washington today - breakfast atthe White House on Monday morning and a box at the ceremony at Arlington - but at some point I will raise in your honor a celebratory glass of something appropriately intoxicating. Have a GREAT day!
34 Sat November 09 2013 - 03:51:15
Comments: Man, I wish I had as much free time to read as Jim and Dirk, but I don't, which is why I'd like to recommend another movie 'The Purge'. I'd love to see some other authors such as you Jack take up this idea and write a story around it since it's such a great premise that could be fleshed out in a lot of interesting ways. I wouldn't be surprised if one of the tea party's platforms is to institute 'The Purge' for real.
35 Fri November 08 2013 - 19:03:02
Comments: Dirk- I am a huge Graham Joyce and Ian McEwan fan. Both are favs. of mine. I actually rented a Donald Ray Pollock novel on your advice from my friendly neighborhood library (THE DEVIL ALL THE TIME). Looks good....Hope you like THE THICKET. If you can get your hands on Landale's THE NIGHTRUNNERS, you wont regret it.....Just a random list of books that I think are appropriate for dudes that hang out at this site (besides Jack's which I hope you are well versed on....well, I will mention HIDE AND SEEK, which I think is a hidden gem): John Shirley's WETBONES, Laymon's NIGHT IN THE LONESOME OCTOBER, Matthew Stokoe's HIGH LIFE (Dirk mentioned that one) and COWS (if you have the stomach), Edward Lee's COVEN, George R.R. Martin's FEVRE DREAM, Graham Watkin's KALEIDOSCOPE EYES (that's a deep cut), Philip Jose Farmer's IMAGE OF THE BEAST, Michael Green" THE JIM-JAMS and DRY SKULL DREAMS, Ian McEwan's ENDURING LOVE (don't let the title fool you) and THE INNOCENT and THE CEMENT GARDEN and THE COMFORT OF STRANGERS etc., Graham Joyce's DARK SISTER.....Gosh I could go on....more later
36 Thu November 07 2013 - 18:37:57
Comments: Oops, I meant 'The Woods are Dark'.
37 Thu November 07 2013 - 13:31:03
Comments: Thanks Jim! Just added 'The Thicket' to the list. Finished 'Hell at the Breech' last night, great book. I love reading the really rough stuff like Ed Lee's 'The House', Jack's 'Weed Species', and can't wait to get a hold of 'Cows', but you have to come up for air once in awhile and thanks to this board I have really broadened my horizons. Probably some of my favorites that I would have never heard about otherwise are Graham Joyce, William Gay, Ian McEwan, and Donald Ray Pollock. Thanks to Dallas recommending authors like these we all benefit.
By the way 'Into the Woods' one of my favorites.
38 Thu November 07 2013 - 10:49:01
Comments: Dirk- By the way, COWS might be the single most disgusting thing I have ever read
39 Thu November 07 2013 - 10:33:36
Comments: Finished Lansdales' THE THICKET. Very good. Lansdale got alittle nasty again...Then re-read Laymon's THE WOODS ARE DARK. I read it years ago when it was butchered by the publisher. Kelly Laymon (his daughter) put it back together (which is something Laymon didn't think was possible. The intro is very interesting) and it is a doozy. Gosh! I missed Laymon!I am half way through his INTO THE FIRE and having a good time. Do I need a life?.... Jack- You had a hard time with the publisher of OFF SEASON. I'm sure you can relate.
40 Mon November 04 2013 - 21:44:28
Comments: Its interesting to hear about how Halloween is celebrated in other countries. I was surprised to see how similar it is in Canada, but Canada is basically just like the U.S., except no one has guns and everything is more expensive. That's pretty sad that a government would ban a holiday because they're scared of a few punk rock girls protesting a church. A government should be afraid of its people, not the other way around. FREE PUSSY RIOT!
41 Mon November 04 2013 - 19:59:46
Comments: Hey Fedy. I dont know if you are aware of it but Pontypool was made into a movie. I thought it was relatively intertesting. The author wrote the screen play, but from what I hear the book and the novel are very different except for the main premise
42 Mon November 04 2013 - 01:05:25
Comments: Hi, Dallas.
Sorry, but I'm not Ahmet, just Amet:)
I've had a great Helloween party with my friends, but the situation with this holiday here really struck me this year. H. is not widely celebrated in ex-USSR, but its popularity grows; and the more it grows, the more hysteria it causes: this year it's celebration was banned in Russia because of protests of those church idiots; there was also protests by some pseudopatriots and so on. In my town there was even a fight between its supporters and their opponents. I just have no words. Idiots. Please, don't think that I've found this MB a good place to complain:)
Rereading Off Season/Offspring now, 'cause I've received my copy of The Woman recently.
Did you sell any rights to publish Off Season/Offspring in Russian? I wonder if you did, cause there had been published millions books without any permission in nineties.
43 Mon November 04 2013 - 00:39:46
Comments: Hi Jack,
No, Tony Burgess is not Anthony Burgess, they are two separate people.
I am still struggling with “Pontypool changes everything” as we speak. I shall probably leave it and declare defeat, cos I know life is too short to waste time on bad books. But I am still trying to make some sense of it and find what prompted my friend to suggest it to me…
And you Jack, what do you normally do if you come across a promising book which you realise doesn’t deliver to your expectations? Do you endure as I do or do you give in?
Cheers from Oz
44 Sun November 03 2013 - 16:28:29
Comments: Hi D, hope all is well back east, we have went from summer to winter over night, already one blizzard under our belt! Gotta love Wyoming. I wanted to pass along some good reads:
I'm about to finish 'Hell at the Breech' by Tom Franklin, awesome book, also try 'Poachers', Franklin's first. His stories take place in the deep south with vivid characters, both humorous and dark. His style reminds me a lot of William Gay. (for those of you out there that haven't picked up Gay you are really missing out)
Also for something really dark and dirty try Mathew Stokoe's 'High Life', I'm anxious to read 'Cows' but so far it is not out for the Nook yet.
'Brides of the Impaler' by your pal Ed Lee, he never let's us down, a good ride but not quite up there with 'Witch Water' or 'The House'.
One more and I will stop rambling, 'Knockemstiff' by Donald Ray Pollock', great, gritty, and bleak.
I know you probably originally recommended some of these but I can't keep track, sorry if some have been redundant, take care, Dirk
45 Sat November 02 2013 - 20:35:41
Comments: Hey Jack, I spent Halloween up in Vancouver B.C. and I can report that Canadians are very humorous and creative with their costumes. They also light off fireworks the way we do for 4th of July! I should've dressed as a Canadian fire marshall. I like learning about your writing process, I'd love to take a writing class of yours someday, I bet you're a great teacher.
46 Sat November 02 2013 - 16:19:09
Comments: AHMET, everybody...hope you had a good Halloween. I know I did. Hundreds of kids and their parents on three closed-off blocks of 69th Street. I saw a dog dressed as a dinosaur and a weeping willow tree made out of condoms, among other things...RUSSELL -- when I'm writing a long piece I rewrite what I've done the day before, before going on to new stuff. That way I keep on track, and instead of a rough draft, I've got a first draft when I'm finished. Then I print out and hand-correct, enter the corrections, print out again and hand it to my lady friend Paula, who's my best, toughest reader. We go over her criticisms or corrections and I either enter them or I don't, depending on whether I agree with her. I print that out and that's it. The only time I rewrite while doing my first draft is if I get an idea that I need to foreshadow or support before I introduce it. Then I'll go back and pop whatever that is in. JIM -- Lansdale's a fine writer and I've read a lot of him, both novels and short stories. I loved NIGHTRUNNER -- that was the book that introduced me to his stuff. Haven't read FREEZER BURN yet. As to works in progress, I've got a couple more stories to write for a new collection. Been too long since CLOSING TIME AND OTHER STORIES. FEDY -- haven't read PONTYPOOL or Tony Burgess. Is he any relation to Anthony Burgess? That may be the reason you're having trouble with him. I always found his stuff intolerable...best to all, D.
47 Sat November 02 2013 - 15:37:46
48 Fri November 01 2013 - 04:13:25
Comments: Hi Jack,
Sorry for our massive detour towards movies, I guess we got a little carried away.
Back to literature then. I am reading a book a friend of mine suggested, normally he is very reliable. Tony Burgess’ Pontypool.
It is absolutely well written but I find it quite erratic and it does not explain all as it should. I’d love to hear your thoughts on it if any of you has read it…
Ps did you all have a scary Halloween? Hope so!
49 Thu October 31 2013 - 17:09:03
Comments: Happy Halloween!
50 Wed October 30 2013 - 20:08:18
Comments: Jack- Point taken on the movie thing...As I've mentioned before just got done re-reading Graham Joyce's THE TOOTH FAIRY. Man he is really good. I am now reading Joe R. Lansdale's new novel: THE THICKET. It's another of his Texas crime thrillers. Are you a fan of Lansdale. I've read about 6 of his novels and some of the short stories and they have all been very good. He is quite the diverse writer. His early novel: THE NIGHTRUNNERS remains a personal fav. of mine. Man, that horror novel packs a real wallop. A true "extreme" classic. Another novel of his that will probably be up your fan's alley is FREEZER BURN....As for you, is there anything new coming up on the horizon? I think I remember you saying that you don't really like discussing works in progress. If true, just ignore.
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