Continuing the adventures of his new series character Nameless (first seen in the novella, In the Heart of the Fire), Dean Koontz returns to the California stomping grounds he knows so well with Photographing the Dead. This time, we get a new psychopath in the form of Palmer Oxenwald, a lad with a senator for […]Read more "Still Death: Dean Koontz’s Photographing the Dead"
In November, Dean Koontz kicked off a new relationship with a new publisher and did so in a big way. This time he is teaming up with Amazon.com for a series of original short stories and several novels. The stories are now available, and it turns out that they are not independent tales but a […]Read more "Burn, Baby, Burn: Dean Koontz’s In the Heart of the Fire"
The adventures of John Archibald Dortmunder (the beleaguered and bewildered crook who hates his middle name and ends up in the oddest escapades) have taken some strange turns (starting in the first volume of the series, in fact). The Hot Rock might have been slender in terms of page count, but it was no less […]Read more "Considering Westlake: What’s The Worst That Could Happen?"
I never would have expected Donald E. Westlake to tackle a Universal Monster movie for one of his comic crime capers. Sure, he made mention here and there about Dracula, Frankenstein, etc., often using old horror movies as a method of comparison for some of his characters or their behaviors. However, with Smoke he tackles […]Read more "Considering Westlake: Smoke"
For whatever reason, Donald E. Westlake stopped his publication of multiple books per year for a while starting around 1990. Where previous years had seen two, three or, in some more prolific times, as many as six or seven volumes finding their way into print (often employing numerous pseudonyms), he moved away from this model. […]Read more "Considering Westlake: Baby, Would I Lie?"
Picture it: A drive through Welsh mountains, a terrible storm, flooded roads, no way to turn back no real way to proceed. But there! A house perched in the dark, a few windows ablaze with flickering electric light and at least a flutter of hope. Will the occupants provide shelter to weary travelers? Surely, they […]Read more "We Are For the Dark: J. B. Priestley’s Benighted"
The publishing imprint Hard Case Crime (which originally released its titles under the Leisure Books banner and has long since moved to Titan Books) is not known for their traditional horror stories. Oh, they have plenty of tales about desperate folks behaving badly in their extensive backlist of reprints and original novels as well as […]Read more "Sweets to the Sweet: Daniel Kraus’s Blood Sugar"