I remember the first time I saw the VHS cover for Peter Brook's film version of The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates at the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade. It was fascinating to me how the title had to be altered in order… Continue reading The problem with long titles
Rest assured, I'm working hard on the book. Besides perfecting my Unabomber impression, I'm doing everything I can to deliver a satisfying product come October. Last year, I finished The Opening Night Murders early. (I may have even been finished three months before the release date. I don't remember exactly) Think of the improvements I… Continue reading Sorry I haven’t posted for a while.
The structure of Joel Townsley Rogers's superb The Red Right Hand is the star of the show. Sure, there are numerous baffling murders (the most murderous book I've read since Death's Old Sweet Song), loads of well-hidden clues, and enough dread to kill several nerves; however, it is the hypnotic overlap of past and present… Continue reading The Red Right Hand
The Fourth Door was Halter's first published novel, yet many of its themes and obsession can be found within the other nine I have read, including his latest, The Gold Watch. Bless him, he's still doing the same thing. It's the promise of narrative trickery and (of course) impossible crime which makes me so happy… Continue reading The Fourth Door — Paul Halter
As of now, the tagline is ITS ONLY MOTIVE IS BLOOD. Writing taglines is almost as hard as writing a blurb or a synopsis. I've gone through quite a few. The only suspect is already dead. Hot on the trail of a cold-blooded killer. The footprints lead to death. Rowan Manory has found himself in… Continue reading Latest Version