In her course emphasizing punchy, to-the-point writing, Crestwood Community College Professor Sandra Finn strongly advises her students to avoid using adverbs, but found she had trouble completely barring them from doing so.
“I tried to tell them...
Adverbs everywhere have vocally and publicly come out against best-selling author Stephen King, blaming him for their summary dismissal by many modern-day writers.
“Thanks to him, we’re being edited out of the game,” lamented adverb Beverly Passio...
A vintage red-and-white Plymouth Fury with Maine license plates is responsible, authorities say, for setting fire to the Sierra National Forest near Yosemite National Park.
The vehicle, which has been traced to Arnold “Arnie” Cunningham, was damag...
Police supervising a TV documentary murder reconstruction of an unsolved slaying that happened 20 years ago, have egg on their faces this evening, after a second murder took place in exactly the same manner as the first one.
In Epsom, back in 199...
It all started very normally. It was a usual, quiet evening with the Rock Bottom Remainders setting up their equipment for another gig.
OK, actually, the Rock Bottom Remainders are not really so very normal. Their roster is made up of all famous literary and artistic people like Dave Barry the humor writer, Stephen King the horror novelist, Amy Tan the fictionalist, Mitch Albom an author, Matt...
Unannounced to most of us, one of the most incredible rock and roll groups has passed before us and we didn't even notice it. Maybe most of us were too stoned to catch it.
This group was named The Rock Bottom Remainders and should have made the cover of the Rolling Stone except for one problem- it was made up of mostly literary figures. The thought of listening to people involved heavily with...
Few realize that head of North Korea, Kim Jung Un, was one of the financial backers of the Sony production The Interview, a film depicting a humorous attempt at his assassination.
After viewing a private screening, Mr. Kim Jung Un quickly realize...
A few years ago in the second Twilight movie series a director used several tricks, not trick photography, for some scenes that are going to be used in the next Stephen King movie, "Dr. Sleep".
If you remember some of the expressions, you'll love...
The recent death of James Hubbert robbed the UK of one of its most enduring authors. Though Hubbert spent the last twenty years writing milder thrillers, his notoriety rests largely on the shoulders of the violent horror novels he wrote in the late seventies and early nineties, especially the shocking "rats' series: Bloody Damn Rats, Big Bloody Damn Rats, and Even Bigger and Bloodier Damn Rats. Th...
Dean R. Koontz, known (by colleague and competitor Stephen King) as "the Stephen King of the West Coast," dissociates himself with horror, saying, "To be a horror writer, one must be a horrible writer." He is not to be confused with his fictional alter ego, horror writer Dean Koontz.
Koontz was born in Pennsylvania, under a host of pseudonyms, and conceived the plots of his first 33 novels whi...
Dave Barry wrote a book about bad songs.
Fully 2/3rds of the songs he writes about are songs that I love.
Dave Barry is now on my excrement list.
First off, let me explain who Dave Barry is.
Dave Barry is a comic god.
Not a comic genius. Not a comic professional. Not a comic expert.
A comic god.
Let's get that straight right from the beginning.
I know he looks pretty geeky for someone...
After walking the streets of New York City before he finally managed to get "Carrie", his first book, published, Stephen King had 15 other books ready and waiting at home. However, the editors made him change the titles. It's a good thing.
Stephen King's Top 15 Worst Book Titles:
15. Sodom's Lot
12. The Dude Zone
11. Fag of Bones
10. Delores C...
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Popular novelist, Mike Shuttlecock, author of the 'Miserable Bastard' series of novels, loosely based on his brother Martin's experiences, has endured a serious traffic accident in Wales, and has been taken away from the scene by his number one fan, Blodwyn Glendowr.
And imprisoned in her home as a guest/patient/victim...
Oh, and accused of plagiarism. Or something simil...
My first morning of being nursed by a raving lunatic.
Blodwyn brought me breakfast in bed - not that I had the option of getting up. I had great difficulty moving my lips, let alone my legs.
"Here you are Bach. I've brought yew yewer breakfast is nit," she cheerfully chirruped.
She thrust a plate at me. I was in no position to refuse her 'hospitality.'
"What is it?" I asked.
It's hard being a writer.
Don't let anybody tell you any different.
Contrary to popular belief, most writers would prefer to sit facing a blank wall, rather than overlook a paradise beach in the Caribbean. There are no distractions when you sit facing a blank wall, so in theory, the writing comes easier.
I didn't introduce myself, did I?
My name is Mike Shuttlecock, and I'm a novelist.
John Sullivan, of Boston Lincolnshire, inspired by the novel, Pet Sematary, and the film of the same name starring Herman out of the Munsters, decided to transport his dead wife and child to the state of Maine in the USA, and attempt to have them com...
The latest rumour sweeping London town is that I'm a Celeb and X-Factor starlet, Stacey Solomon, is to be offered the lead role in a reworking of Stephen King's magnum opus (apart from The Stand) The Shining.
Stacey has apparently been pencilled i...
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