Years ago (more than he cares to remember), Blu Gilliand read Stephen King’s Pet Sematary. That led to the rest of King’s catologue, which in turn led to Clive Barker, Robert McCammon, and Neil Gaiman. It’s still leading him places, including here…October Country.
Named for Ray Bradbury’s masterful short story collection, October Country is a tour through the dark works of authors following the lead of the masters named above. It’s also about the occasional side-trips through the worlds of crime fiction and noir, which in their own ways are just as black and haunting as the lands of ghosts and ghouls.
As bleak as that may sound, October Country is also a labor of love, and it’s meant to be fun. Feel free to join in with recommendations, disagreements, or pats on the back – you can drop Blu a line at firstname.lastname@example.org, or leave a comment here on the blog.
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As much as I love Stephen King and Clive Barker it’s the fact that you’re a Neil Gaiman fan that sold me on your blog. My novel doesn’t qualify for the genre, although if I’m not mistaken the only word that appears more than “boner” is “blood” so, maybe…
Just discovered your blog and can’t wait to read your entries. Looks great.
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I getting seriously back into a horror phase, writing a novel and everything. So this blog was definitely a find. Awesome stuff.
Thanks Jesse! Good luck with your book!
I am not very sure-footed, evident by scuffed knees and bruised shins. But I’m glad I stumbled- head first this time- into your blog.
Wonderful resource and perspectives for an infant horror writer- wannabe like me.
Thanks! Hope you stick around for a while, and best of luck with your writing!