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Seven Things Screenwriters Should Know About Writing Novels

Mar 22, 2011 in Film, Guest Posts, Writing

After the unprecedented success of yesterday’s column, I decided I would flip it around and provide you the converse list of things screenwriters should know as they switch from Final Draft to MS word to scratch that prose itch. 1.  Publishers Want To Sell Books. It’s a common misperception that screenwriting is for commercial aspirations […]

The Dark 13: Noir in Horror and Other Adventures that Made Us Evil

Mar 14, 2011 in Film, Guest Posts, Mulholland Authors, Mulholland News

We have a theory that most movies and books in the noir mode actually aspire to be horror movies and books.  And we think that a lot of horror films desperately want to be noir.  Come to think of it, a lot of your action/suspense/thriller-type-things tend to feel an awful lot like they want to […]

A Conversation with the Breakout Kings: Nick Santora and Domenick Lombardozzi

Mar 04, 2011 in Guest Posts, Mulholland Authors, Television

Nick Santora is the author of SLIP AND FALL and FIFTEEN DIGITS both forthcoming from Mulholland Books. He is also the co-writer, co-executive producer and co-creator of Breakout Kings which premieres this Sunday, March 6th at 10PM on A&E. Here, Santora and Domenick Lombardozzi (star of Breakout Kings, The Wire, Entourage and more) discuss their […]

Music Speaks

Jan 04, 2011 in Guest Posts, Writing

The irony was not altogether lost on me. Though irony—possibly—was not the right word. Perhaps it was just another example of the way in which life can sometimes double back, can turn suddenly and reflect itself every once in a while. A variation of déjà vu. An echo. I sit in a darkened film-editing suite. […]

Dog to Dog: A Conversation with Scott Bakker and James Sallis

Dec 03, 2010 in Books, Guest Posts, Writing

[Our two radical nonconformists begin in mid-leap] SB: …which begs the question of just what “this” is? Should we just make “it” into a conversation, wanker to wanker? JS: Well, I love begging questions. Sometimes you do have to slap them around a bit to get a proper answer. Or they lawyer up. I think […]

Why does an Englishman write American crime?

Nov 23, 2010 in Books, Guest Posts, Writing

This is a question I have been asked so many times.  Enough times for me to take a long look at it, if for no other reason than to have an answer next time I am asked. Paul Auster said that becoming a writer was not a “career decision” like becoming a doctor or a […]

Darkness in the East

Nov 12, 2010 in Guest Posts, Writing

Noir is a French word meaning dark. It’s used to identify a certain type of grim fiction or film. Don’t let the French name fool you. There’s plenty of noir right here in East Texas, though it’s mixed with Southern Gothic and Western and all manner of stuff; it’s a gumbo boiled in hell. I […]

A Conversation with Andrew Vachss

Nov 05, 2010 in Books, Guest Posts

On the occasion of the publication of Andrew Vachss’s new novel The Weight, Ken Bruen and Andrew Vachss talk about the blues, justifiable rage and writing for the streets not the critics. Ken: Would you consider Two Trains Running your seminal work? Andrew: Retro-seminal, in that it dissects events which have already occurred. Seminal was […]

Midnight Oil

Oct 31, 2010 in Short Stories, Writing

As a special Halloween treat, we have a short story from Xeric-Award winning graphic novelist Neil Kleid. The perfect fit for the occasion. Enjoy! Patrick Checker lost his mind sometime between final count and lights out. Frank Day, horror novelist and convicted Communist sympathizer, wouldn’t have minded except that he was sitting across from Checker […]

What Ya Readin’ for?

Oct 25, 2010 in Books, Guest Posts

The best explanation of the difference between nonfiction and fiction, I feel, is that nonfiction’s primary purpose is to convey information, whereas the purpose of fiction is to evoke an emotion in the reader. I think great books work on an emotional level. Fear is an emotion, a very powerful emotion. Perhaps people read thrillers […]