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Revisiting Paris: The Story Behind Hemingway’s Previously Unpublished “A Room on the Garden Side”

Revisiting Paris: The Story Behind Ernest Hemingway’s Previously Unpublished “A Room on the Garden Side” Fans of Ernest Hemingway books well know the importance of Paris to his work.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 ParrinderH.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 […]


Book Review: Paper Son: A Lydia Chin/Bill Smith Novel

Book Review: Paper Son: A Lydia Chin/Bill Smith Novel   Paper Son is the latest in S.J. Rozan’s Lydia Chin series, about a Chinese-American private detective based in New York who works with her investigative partner Bill Smith.  In this book, Lydia is drawn out of her familiar metropolis when her mother pressures her to […]


Five things that Foreign Writers get wrong when they write about Russia

Five things that Foreign Writers get wrong when they write about Russia   This blog post was born in trauma. Never miss an opportunity to write for money, they said. So when an assignment came out of the blue to read through a newly-written novel set in Russia and makes corrections on authenticity for a […]


DVD Review: Luther: Season 5

DVD Review: Luther: Season 5   By Chris Chan   Warning: Some oblique spoilers for this season of Luther and previous seasons follow!   Luther, the series that helped make Idris Elba an international star, is back for a fifth but hopefully not final season.  This season continues the series’ trademark of having the brilliant […]


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