September 17, 2016

Michael McDowell, Read His Books Today


About a week ago, I was looking for classic horror titles to read, and came across the book, The Elementals. It's a Southern Gothic mind blower that builds slowly to a very creepy finish.

I was left asking who is this author, Michael McDowell, and how could I have missed him for so long?

I was hooked. I'm a very fast reader, so soon, I was looking for more McDowell. I read Cold Moon Over Babylon, which I liked as well. I just found out that a movie based on it, Cold Moon, will be released next month. I had no idea.

Now I'm reading Blackwater: The Complete Caskey Family Saga, which is not really horror, but has horror elements.

I am entranced. Why hasn't a tv series been made out of it?

So, what does this have to do with fairy tales? Well, there are elements of the supernatural, at a minimum, in each book, as well as transformation. Also, women are very powerful in his books and make things happen. They don't stay victims long, when they are victimized.  This guy got women as people.

Oh, and he also wrote the screenplays for Beetlejuice and and Nightmare Before Christmas. Had he not died an untimely death, on Dec. 27, 1999, I think he'd be way more famous.

He wrote a lot of his books in the'80s, and, given the popularity of Stranger Things, which was amazing, I think lots of people will be hooking up with relics of '80s culture. Start with McDowell.

But read the fairy godmother issue first, please.

2 comments

  1. Added to my Goodreads list. (Man, I love Goodreads! How else would I even attempt to keep track of all the things I want to read?) Thanks for the recommendation!

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  2. Sounds really interesting. I just got done with Stranger Things and loved it. I will check out Michael McDowell!

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