“The Amiable Fleas” and John Steinbeck in Paris, 1954

“The Amiable Fleas” and John Steinbeck in Paris, 1954 In 1954, living in Paris with his third wife Elaine, John Steinbeck was a comfortable man. He had recently completed difficult work: the film treatment for Viva Zapata! (1952); his third play/novelette, Burning Bright (1950, where characters struggle with notions of fatherhood—as did the man himself); […]

6 THRILLERS THAT FEATURE TOXIC PERFECTIONISM

6 THRILLERS THAT FEATURE TOXIC PERFECTIONISM It’s never been easier to appear perfect, all it takes is the right angle and filter. Yet, the pursuit of perfection doesn’t always push one to greatness, but rather to commit all kinds of ugly. My novel, The Retreat, is set on a wellness retreat where my characters are […]

Does The UK Music Scene Have a Dark Underbelly?

Does The UK Music Scene Have a Dark Underbelly? British rock music still, hopefully, holds a place in your American hearts. And if you like both British noir AND rock music, here are a seven excellent crime fiction books set in and around the UK music scene that all give you glimpse of music’s darker […]

My Top Ten Psychopathic Crime & Thriller Characters 

My Top Ten Psychopathic Crime & Thriller Characters    Everyone loves a story with a terrifying villain, as long as in the end justice is done. Psychopathic characters fascinate readers because while they can appear just like the rest of us, underneath the surface lurks an alien and dangerous creature. You might be surprised to […]

Revisiting Paris: The Story Behind Hemingway’s Previously Unpublished “A Room on the Garden Side”

Revisiting Paris: The Story Behind Ernest Hemingway’s Previously Unpublished “A Room on the Garden Side” Fans of Ernest Hemingway books well know the importance of Paris to his work. Arriving in the “City of Light” in late 1921 along with his new bride, Hadley Richardson, the aspiring writer immersed himself in the Left Bank’s expatriate […]

The Haunted Ceiling by H.G. Wells Analyzed by Patrick Parrinder

H.G. Wells’ “The Haunted Ceiling” published for the first time in The Strand Magazine

H.G. Wells’ “The Haunted Ceiling” published for the first time in The Strand Magazine (We had the pleasure of interviewing Professor Patrick Parrinder who discussed the recently published short story by H.G. Wells titled, “The Haunted Ceiling.”) Gulli: When do you think that Wells wrote this story? It seems like a very old manuscript. Parrinder: […]

Tennessee Williams’ previously unpublished “Crazy Night” and the Echoes of Later Works

“Crazy Night” and the Echoes of Later Works (Tennessee Williams scholar Augustin J. Correro was given access to a copy of “Crazy Night” by Tennessee Williams and writes a detailed analysis of the short story for strandmag.com.)Tennessee Williams wrote a lot. Describing him as prolific would be an understatement. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to […]

Lessons We Can Learn from Authors with Distinctive Voices

Lessons We Can Learn from Authors with Distinctive Voices As a writer, you’re often asked who influenced or inspired you. That’s not always an easy question easy to answer, because writers tend to be voracious readers, magpie-like in their tendency to incorporate snippets and stylistic details from a myriad of sources. I’m sure there are […]

Michael Sherborne on
 "The Haunted Ceiling" by H.G. Wells

Michael Sherborne on
 “The Haunted Ceiling” by H.G. Wells

Michael Sherborne on
 “The Haunted Ceiling” by H.G. Wells (We had a chance to chat with Professor Michael Sherborne about “The Haunted Ceiling” an unpublished story by H.G. Wells which we’re publishing in the holiday issue of the Strand Magazine. Professor Sherborne was kind enough to share his expertise with us and speculate on why […]

I TAKE THEE: Five Favorites with “Wife” in the Title

I TAKE THEE: Five Favorites with “Wife” in the Title For better or for worse, for richer or poorer… that’s how it’s supposed to go. Only it’s not always how it turns out in the long run. When soulmates often find themselves drifting apart and the most reliable spouse can turn out to be an […]

Serial Killers in Fact and Fiction

 Serial Killers in Fact and Fiction Five of the best serial killer thrillers – Margaret Murphy, “write” arm of Ashley Dyer Thomas Harris’s Silence of the Lambs must surely take pole position on any list of serial killer novels. Harris researched the background meticulously, including talking to FBI agents Robert Ressler and John Douglas, originators […]