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Bernard, Visible

Apr 17, 2012 in Guest Posts, Mulholland Authors

In “River Secret,” a man called Baptiste plays his music setup at the entrance to the Tuileries Garden in Paris. He’s fictional, but a real-life one-man band plays there as well. I see him almost every day when I jog across the footbridge over the Seine to the park entrance. The melancholy wail of his […]

The Hotline: The Story Behind the Story

Apr 13, 2012 in Guest Posts, Mulholland Authors

Every story, long or short, is a series of fictional beads threaded onto a fictional necklace to make up the finished article. As readers, we’re all interested where an author gets the ideas for their beads from and the more we like a work of fiction, the more interested we are. In the case of […]

Everything Old Is New Again

Apr 12, 2012 in Guest Posts, Mulholland Authors

Decades ago, the mafia had a scam called the “bust-out.” They’d target a small business — the corner store, a machine shop, a soda distributor. After intimidating the owner into handing it over for a pittance, they’d order as much inventory as the suppliers would put on credit. They’d stop paying lenders, max out bank […]

When the Law Falls Short

Apr 10, 2012 in Guest Posts, Mulholland Authors, Writing

Francis Bacon said that “revenge is a kind of wild justice, which the more man’s nature runs to, the more ought law to weed out . . . . In taking revenge, a man is but even with his enemy; but in passing it over, he is superior; for it is a prince’s part to […]

On VENGEANCE and The General

Apr 06, 2012 in Mulholland Authors, Writing

Revenge has always been a human passion – as well as a problem for any civilized society. Early on, Jehovah reminded the Israelites that ‘vengeance is mine,’ while Aeschylus immortalized the blood feuds of the House of Atreus, which took a goddess to end, thus establishing the rule of law. Dramas of revenge were popular […]

Blood, Kin and Structure: A Conversation between Andrew Vachss and Joe R. Landale, Part II

Mar 28, 2012 in Guest Posts, Mulholland Authors, Writing

Missed Part I? Read it here. Joe Lansdale: It changed my life. Reading books and going to libraries. I mean we have so much that’s online now, but when I was growing up and you were growing up, libraries were very import, especially if you couldn’t afford books. And a lot of times I couldn’t. […]

Blood, Kin and Structure: A Conversation between Andrew Vachss and Joe R. Lansdale

Mar 27, 2012 in Guest Posts

Joe Lansdale: First of all, I love this new book, That’s How I Roll, by Andrew. And I was telling him this, in an earlier conversation, that I never read any of his books so terrifically well constructed. They all are, but man, this was is like a bomb builder putting something together very, very […]

A Conversation with Joe Lansdale: Part I

Mar 22, 2012 in Mulholland Authors, Writing

Joe R. Lansdale’s eagerly anticipated novel EDGE OF DARK WATER, which has already received tremendous praise and was selected by Publishers Weekly as one of its top picks of the Spring 2012, is working its way into bookstore across the country now. Joe recently took some time out of his day to take part in […]

Fact, Meet Fiction: On the Writing of Shake Off

Feb 21, 2012 in Guest Posts, Mulholland Authors, Writing

One of the pleasures of writing and reading fiction – and thrillers lend themselves to this rather well – is the weaving of fact and fiction. And a fact I happily weaved into the fictional world of Shake Off was that one of the few American fiction writers you could buy in English in the […]

The Lineup: Weekly Links

Feb 16, 2012 in Weekly links

Duane Swierczynski’s FUN AND GAMES has been nominated for a Barry Award for Best Paperback Original! Go Duane! Papers like the New York Times have been covering the shopping of Amanda Knox’s book proposal. What do you think? George Pelecanos’s WHAT IT WAS continues to receive great reviews–don’t miss coverage from the New York Times Book Review, which called […]