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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Definitely Odd

One of my favorite authors is Dean Koontz. To settle down with one of his works is to enjoy hours of pure fun and satisfying reading.  As an author he has developed a skill at plumbing the spiritual side of human nature.  This is an often unrecognized aspect of human activity, motivation, and strength.  It is easy to present such in scathing tones of incredulous disdain. It is easy to go for the negative and lowest bar on the ladder of writing. Shelves are crammed with literary prat-falls, cheap thrills and fast food approach to plot. Koontz' broader palette is as welcome as rain to a parched field. It is also more challenging to have an author entice the reader to climb above the foul miasma of the road to hell we often call life and go higher to see the flicker lights of hope, the noble self, or the light of goodness.

No, Koontz does not write 'goody' works.  His horror is  real enough to make you gasp because it reflects the abyss being plumbed by daily human activity. We dare not look over the side, as Nietzsche so aptly warned, when we look into the monster of the abyss...surprise, it is looking back at us and assessing how we can help it escape or provide a small snack. Perhaps to do both.

Koontz keeps bushing us to the edge of the abyss, daring us to look in and stare down the evil lurking there and keep it in place.  For a little longer, anyway.  If we can...

If you have not read Odd Apocolypse do so now!  Then, get ready to read his next work, Odd Interlude, due out in early January.  

If you dare.

Forget Sparkly Blood Suckers

The Passage by Justin Cronin ( is a grand story. In the tradition of such hallmark works such as King's The Stand it presents a believable apocalyptic world.  Part of a broader story arch spanning at least two volumes, it captivates from the first page.  It awesome 800 pages of text are lapped up like milk by a stray cat who had given up all hope of a square meal.  

Taking on a mythic quality, the story weaves a spell at one haunting and satisfying. Through the tale is a vein of mystery and the unknown.  As the security of a technological world collapses in the wake of the disaster, these take on deep meaning and significance.  

The creatures are vampiric in nature but so much more in creation and development. Monsters are so often painted with broad strokes and caricature, Cronin uses fine detail to offer creatures horrific but with nuances and layers providing creatures of deeply disturbing threat.

Thursday, December 6, 2012


Popular author Steven E. Wedel shares some exciting news. "In October, Graveside Tales released a new edition of my novella Murdered by Human Wolves," said Wedel. "It was inspired by true events that happened in 1917 Konawa, Okla. Plus, Graveside will be re-releasing all the books of my Werewolf Saga, including the new book. They'll be broken into novellas and released quarterly."

In addition, Bloomsbury just released (in mid-November) the trade paperback edition of his After Obsession, a YA paranormal romance he has co-authored with best-selling author Carrie Jones.

For more on this exciting and popular author, and exciting upcoming news from Publisher's Weekly, checkout his website.