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Subscribe to the free newsletter at DouglasClegg.com to make sure you'll get to read every episode of The Locust by Douglas CleggHere's the cybercover for my upcoming serial that will begin its run this summer.

It's called The Locust, and it begins when a little girl runs up to the screen door of a house on the edge of a small rural community.  She's escaped someone in a black delivery truck, and the family that takes her in discovers that there is more to this child who calls herself "Myra Coates," than meets the eye.

I hope this supernatural thriller (read: horror/dark fantasy)  is the first of several about a specific kind of creature that you may never want to meet -- except in fiction.

Please join me for this serial novel of horror that launches during the summer of 2009.

With best wishes,

Doug

DouglasClegg.com

p.s. Caniglia provided the cover photograph of the girl at the door. To see a larger image of the cover, click here.

Ask Me Thursday

This is "Ask Me" Thursday. If you have questions about writing, publishing, technique, etc., this is the day to ask.  Preferably one question per person, but hey, if you ask two in one post, I'll tackle them.

If I can't answer the question, I'll tell you.

-- Doug

http://www.DouglasClegg.com

Movie Night in Manhattan

http://shocklinesfilms.com/index.html

My friend Matt Schwartz and his company Shocklines present a film series with very cool horror movies on the big screen in Manhattan. Next one up:

A Tale of Two Sisters.

I've seen it, and it's worth the watch if you love gothic horror.  If you're in or near Manhattan, here's the information from Matt:

I can't vouch for how THE UNINVITED will be -- I'll certainly be seeing it. But two days before it opens, come see the original K-horror film it's based on, A TALE OF TWO SISTERS, as part of the Shocklines Film Series at 92Y Tribeca in NYC.

I truly think A TALE OF TWO SISTERS remains one of the most chilling -- and most fascinating, story-wise -- K-horror films ever made. I hope you'll come out and see it. This is your chance to see it on the big screen before the remake comes along. If you ARE coming, let me know -- I would love to keep an eye out for you.

We're also showing the incredible short film BLOODLINE, a modern day look at Jack the Ripper which has been getting a lot of critical acclaim on the festival circuit.

Click here for details:
http://shocklinesfilms.com/index.html

Wednesday, January 28, 2008, 8:00pm
92Y Tribeca, 200 Hudson Street
New York, New York 10013


See A Tale of Two Sisters in NY City

Your Literary Hero?


The way you play this game -- if you want to -- is to link to this blog entry from your blog and ask your blog readers the same question.

In the answer, put a link to some information on the internet about your literary hero (this can be to Wikipedia or any webpage).  Your hero can of course be male or female, dead or alive. Also, if you've got a book cover of your favorite book of theirs, put that up, too. You could also simply comment here with your favorite, if you prefer.

Who's your literary hero?

I have a few, but I would say the top of my pile is Isak Dinesen AKA Karen Blixen, author of Seven Gothic Tales, Out of Africa, and many others. Seven Gothic Tales is my favorite of hers.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karen_Blixen

Isak Dinesen AKA Karen Blixen

Best,

Douglas Clegg
http://www.DouglasClegg.com

Snow Day

I try not to work on snowdays. I like looking out the window and thinking, "No school today."

A treasured friend sent us as a wedding gift a phenomenally beautiful art glass sculpture. You've got to see this stuff.  Here's a link to some of the work that has come out of this studio (we received a duo-jellyfish lighted sculpture -- really stunning.)

http://www.mendocinostories.com/ART_GlassFire2.html

When I get the camera out, I'll try and get a good photo of the one that's currently on my desk. I now want to collect at least one more of these. Makes me love jellyfish.

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Over the weekend, we went to hear one of our favorite "groups," the Alturas Duo. If you ever get a chance, go see them live. Here's their website:

http://www.alturasduo.com/

Here's their YouTube page, although after listening to some of these, unfortunately the recordings done here don't capture the vibrant sound these two create. Still, you'll get an idea of the style of music:

http://www.youtube.com/user/alturasduo

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As some of you know,  I've spent the past 2 years primarily studying classic drama and fiction and focusing on the techniques of some of the great writers and dramatists -- and re-examining what story is, what it can mean, and ultimately, why I'm a storyteller. Every few years or so I feel it's important to focus again on the fundamentals of fiction and drama itself, and this tends to slow down my writing a bit.

As a result of taking this time, and continuing to write, I've got about 3/4 of a novel done, and three novella/novelettes finished.

I suspect I'll have some good announcements in the coming months about upcoming fiction, but I wanted to express my thanks to the readers out there who have supported my writing all these years (by buying and reading it), which has allowed me to focus my working life on books, fiction, and drama in general.

I do not take this for granted -- writers' careers can go away easily, and I have been thankful that mine still exists after 2 decades.

And before I forget, I'm not sure how much longer I'll leave Afterlife online as a free read, so if you've missed it, go check it out now, right here:

http://www.DouglasClegg.com

Best,

Doug

p.s.

After having seen about half-a-dozen Hamlets, I think the best filmed version is the Kenneth Branagh one -- worth renting. Watch it slowly, over several nights. And there's a Greek production of Iphigenia (the one with Irene Papas in the cast) that's also powerful.

And, if you haven't gone out to see the movie, Let the Right One In, you are missing a great horror film.

As for reading? I've been re-reading The Great Gatsby this week. It still proves to be a perfect novel. I would love to track down any notes Fitzgerald may have left about the writing of it -- was this an effortless tale, or did he edit it endlessly? I'd really love to know.  I'm guessing he edited it endlessly, but I may be wrong.

What book are you reading? What movie can you recommend that you've recently seen?




Two Grooms, No Bride

Just married, November 17th. That is all for now.

Election, Marriage in CT, and Crichton

Congratulations to our new President -- as of January.

But on top of that, my partner of just about 20 years and I ....will get married. We can now legally do this in the state of Connecticut, where we reside. I'll report back after the event occurs.

I am sorry to see that it looks California's voters have amended their constitution toward bigotry and exclusion, but the final votes aren't all in, so I'm still holding out hope.


 

And in very sad news, my colleague Michael Crichton has died. He will be missed. I am a fan of his fiction.

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