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This is a fascinating and horrifying author meltdown about the possibility of a bad review. Holy don’t do this, Batman. What really killed me was this. I’ll bet libraries also often put Klein next to King...

scifiandscary.com/this-is-not-

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also like he's sent Spielberg’s agent the manuscript β€œnow we wait” -- I would say I want a smidge of his confidence, but honestly I don't want to be like that because being able to take criticism is a critical life skill

@platypus If you're doing that as self-aware and self-deprecating comedy then it's good for a laugh.

If it's not, then it's really, really sad.

@platypus And clicking on the link makes it apparent that it's not the self aware comedy that I was hoping.

@platypus that read a good read. And I know to never touch any of the man's books

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The glowing reviews do indeed exist, but uh, they're like kids' book reports. Worth a google.

sfsite.com/00a/hs406.htm

I dunno what to think. If you paid for a good review, I assume you'd get something more competently written, to put it rudely. But uh, it's funny how his totally unremarkable job has as much importance in this bio and the one on Amazon. His biblography goes to a dead link.
amazon.com/Hells-Shadows-Dean-

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"So allow me to give you a few hints right now about Hell's Shadows - this isn't a ghost story.  heh heh heh  And did I mention the novel's undercurrent lovestory? Yes, a love story set in a haunted house. No hot sex, though. Gil and Robin don't have time for that. They're too busy trying to stay alive."

oh my

"Personalinterests beyond writing include the study of vocabulary (now in excess of60,000 words), video games, crossword and other kinds of puzzles, baseball, visiting the South Seas, Lotus and Jaguar cars,the game of bridge, daily exercise, collecting exotic plants and taking care of his best-of-house wire-hair fox terrier."

@zoey the use of "times it by" is a thing I do in colloquial speech but like if this guy is gonna be pedantic -- it's terrible formal writing

@platypus *boggle* That's amazing. 40+ years, unravaged by even a shred of self-awareness; how has he survived this long? :flan_worried:​

@platypus that ending tho 😍

>You do NOT talk down to me and my team like that and get away with it, you pathetic excuse for an over-privileged and underwhelming rectal sore masquerading as a man. I don’t need a college degree to spot an asshole, nor one to understand how not to be one.

@platypus well I thought I hated every second spent reading your book, but now that I know you got the best grade in a college English class I'm absolutely enthralled by it!

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