I remember the first time I read Susan Hill’s now-classic ghost story, The Woman In Black. I was transported to a northern coastal village in England at the turn of the last century, and I was mesmerized by the tale. The novel was published in 1983, and it was soon adapted for TV, radio, and the stage. The play is still running in London’s West End after more than 20 years. I’ve never seen it, but I was interested to see the recent film version. Continue reading
Happy New Year! I wish everyone a happy, healthy, and productive 2013. I’m getting an early start on it, myself–I’m finishing up a new novel, planning the next one, and working to get the rest of my backlist available as e-books before the next New Year’s Eve is upon us. And, in what has become an annual tradition, a few close friends and I saw in the new year together here in NYC, not in Times Square (ugh!) but in a movie theater, followed by dinner at a favorite Greenwich Village restaurant. The dinner was great, the movie…not so much. Our pick this year was SKYFALL, the new James Bond movie, and I must say I was a bit underwhelmed. Continue reading
I’ve just finished reading GONE GIRL by Gillian Flynn, which is currently a top bestseller in America. The book has made several end-of-year Top 10 lists for 2012, including the New York Times. It is Flynn’s third published novel, and its enormous popularity has catapulted her two earlier books, SHARP OBJECTS and DARK PLACES, back onto bestseller lists everywhere. It is the “breakout” book for the former journalist, who was a TV critic for Entertainment Weekly. Now, everybody in the world is talking about it.
Why all the fuss over a suspense novel? Continue reading
This is a very sad day. The appalling news from Connecticut has stunned the nation, and we’re all talking (again!) about guns in America. The only decent question is: Why are we still talking about it?
I write stories about crime and criminals. I’ve invented creeps and losers and lunatics who commit all sorts of mayhem in my mysteries. But that’s where they belong–in mystery stories. How do we keep them there, and out of the real world? I don’t have an answer for that, but I know one solution that would slow them down considerably. Continue reading
My first interview in 10 years is on Lisa Greer’s wonderful Gothicked blog. Lisa is an author of Gothic and romantic suspense novels (her website is here), and she also runs this terrific blog for everyone who’s interested in the Gothic style of mystery. Since most of my books fall into that general category, she invited me over for a Q&A session. You can read it here.
DATELINE: Greenwich Village, New York, Thursday, November 1, 2012
It is now three days since Hurricane Sandy, and three days since the lights went out. I am wriiting this post by candlelight, which isn’t as horrible as it may seem. It’s actually rather pleasant. Any writer who’s never written this way is missing a marvelous opportunity to imagine she or he is Jane Austen or Charles Dickens, and what writer wouldn’t want to be one of them?
The storm has come and gone, and we are only now beginning to learn the extent of the damage. Continue reading
This morning, while holed up in my NYC home waiting for the arrival of Hurricane Sandy, I was saddened to learn of the imminent merger of two of America’s largest publishing concerns, Random House and Penguin. As if the storm weren’t enough to worry me, the headlines about the alliance managed to depress me even more than the dangerous weather. Whither publishing in America? That’s a very good question. Continue reading
I love the Criterion Collection, and here are two reasons why. These are my reviews on Amazon (where I’m a “Top 1000” reviewer), and I explain why I love this wonderful DVD/Blu-Ray company in the text. So… Continue reading
Here are two more lesser-known faves of mine, a book and a film. As with my first post on the subject, these are works that can only marginally be called “mysteries,” though they are definitely suspense stories. I recently revisited both of them, and I posted customer reviews on Amazon. I reprint them here for your consideration. Continue reading