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What do Favorite Books and Characters Give Us?

John Hemingway once said, “there is no friend as loyal as a book.”  I am a firm advocate of reading books.  I believe, as both an avid reader and writer, that knowledge is power and that there is always something to learn which will in some way make you a better person or perhaps a better writer.  Books can be motivational and inspiring or draw us into a magical world that takes us far from our often hectic and lackluster world.  Many of us have certain books that are like an old friend we can always rely on for encouragement or allow our minds to become creative.

Sci-fi author Ray Bradbury’s favorite books that most influenced his career were those in Edgar Rice Burroughs’s  “John Carter: Warlord of Mars series.  “They entered my life when I was 10 and caused me to go out on the lawns of summer, put up my hands, and ask for Mars to take me home,” Bradbury said. “Within a short time, I began to write and have continued that process ever since, all because of Mr. Burroughs.”

It’s interesting that Bradbury would be a fan of Edgar Rice Burroughs, since the same author is the one that started it all for me with the book “A Princess of Mars.”  I have a very old hard cover of it sitting in my office in a glass enclosed case, in addition to a large number of his earliest paperback books that are prized possessions.

 

My favorite character from his books that I’ve read would have to be John Carter from the Barsoom novels.  He was the most singularly minded person I’ve ever encountered.  He was always in control, never faltered, was open and honest and refused to give up no matter how hopeless the situation seemed.  He openly loved the heroine of the story and was willing to move heaven and earth to be with her.  He inspired me as a child and the books inspired me to become an author.  How much more could anyone ask out of a series of science fiction books?  Don’t get me wrong, I’d like to be more like him, but I cannot in good conscience say that I find myself in that person’s character.  It’s just someone that I desired to emulate.  He didn’t remind me of anyone in particular.  A character of his caliber was larger than life, and inadvertently caused me to raise the bar of expectation to an unhealthy degree, at least so I’m told.

“What an astonishing thing a book is. It’s a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and you’re inside the mind of another person, maybe somebody dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, an author is speaking clearly and silently inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs. Books break the shackles of time. A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic.”

Carl Sagan

Grab a book and Keep Reading!

Solitaire

www.solitaireparke.com

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HORROR Books to Keep You up at Night!

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One of our oldest and strongest emotions as human beings is fear.  Strangely, the mind seems to look for things that are scary; we build haunted houses, spend our hard-earned money on Horror Movies, and read Horror Novels.  It does seem a bit macabre that we as humans tend to frequent this genre.  Life is filled with fearful moments – we fear death, being alone, a lack of money, losing a job, losing a family member, and the list goes on and on.  Yet there is that adrenaline rush that the darkness and the unknown can produce which is like no other to make us feel alive.  So why does horror mystify and almost entrap us?  Maybe it is our unending curiosity or we are attempting to test our courage in an increasingly unpredictable world.  Whatever the reason, it attracts millions of people, especially around this time of year at Halloween.  So here are a list of some of the authors of classic Horror books that evoke the emotions of fear, surprise, and terror to keep you up at night!

Mary Shelley – Frankenstein

Bram Stoker – Dracula

Stephen King –  The Shining, Pet Sematary, Carrie, Salem’s Lot, Cujo, Misery (to name a few)

Edgar Allen Poe – The Fall of the House of Usher, The Black Cat, Murders in the Rue Morgue,

The Pit and the Pendulum, The Masque of the Red Death

Clive Barker – The Hellbound Heart,  The Damnation Game, Coldheart Canyon, Cabal,

                           Demons and Deviants

Dean Koontz – Odd Thomas, Phantoms, The Bad Place, The Taking, Dark Fall, Watchers,

                             The Demon Seed

Anne Rice – Interview with the Vampire, The Witching Hour, The Queen of the Damned

Jack Ketchum – The Girl Next Door, Off Season, The Woman, Hide and Seek, Offspring

H.P. Lovecraft – Dreams of Terror and Death, The Road to Madness, Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos,

                               Bloodcurdling Tales of Horror and the Macabre

Peter Straub – The Floating Dragon, A Dark Matter, Ghost Story, Koko

Ray Bradbury – Something Wicked This Way Comes, Dark Carnival, A Memory of Murder

Ramsey Campbell – The Face That Must Die, The Darkest Part of the Woods, Ancient Images

There are, of course, many more authors in this genre that you can check out at Barnes and Noble, Amazon, and many other online stores.

Also available on my website is a horror/thriller – “VENGEANCE OF THE WOLF”  

Vengeance of the Wolf by Solitaire Parke

www.solitaireparke.com

Have a Horror-ific Holiday!

Solitaire

 

 

 

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Damyanti Biswas is an author, blogger, animal-lover, spiritualist. Her work is represented by Ed Wilson from the Johnson & Alcock agency. When not pottering about with her plants or her aquariums, you can find her nose deep in a book, or baking up a storm.

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