The Stepford Wives: Why Ira Levin was a Master of Suspense

stepfordwivesFirst and foremost: if you don’t know what The Stepford Wives is about, don’t look it up; the plot twist is damn near everywhere you hear the story talked about. It’s difficult to not spoil. And if you pick up the newer edition with the introduction by Peter Straub (pictured here,) do not read said introduction. Straub takes away all the surprise before you are even given the chance to enjoy it.

That being said, I won’t be spoiling anything. Let’s jump in.

When most people mention foundational stories in horror and suspense literature, seldom do I ever hear mention of Ira Levin. Arguably, Levin is best known for his novel Rosemary’s Baby, which isn’t what I recommend to readers who want to begin exploring his work, mostly because the pacing and development. However, many of Levin’s other works are as sharp as they come—even if they take time to build up suspense.

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My New Short Story & Upcoming Reviews

DB-AUTUMN-2018Just wanted to let you know: I’ve been writing. Lots. One of my new suspense/horror pieces, “I Want You,” is now available in DimensionBucket Magazine #1 as an ebook. This issue also features many other talented authors in genre fiction, so I highly recommend checking out this project for an assortment of voices and thrilling tales.

I’ve also been reading a lot, as you would expect, and I plan to review most of what I read here on this blog. Some upcoming titles to look forward to include The Stepford Wives by Ira Levin, and Bad Ronald by Jack Vance. These will come along between any new short stories and books I release.

Thank you for staying tuned. It’s exciting to be back at the desk, and I look forward to seeing what you think of the new content!

We Just Wanted a Dog

There are plenty of sounds you would never want to hear. Sounds that scratch at your eardrums like airborne razors. I can’t stand the squeal of bicycle brakes, or the cries of my neighbor’s three-month-old child. Nails on a chalkboard? You kidding me? I’d take that any day.

That’s part of the reason we never had a child. My husband doesn’t see a father looking in the mirror, and me? The few glimpses of the future I’ve seen never had our own little thing that would grow up to be its own. I never could imagine it. But for that reason, a few years ago now, we adopted a whippet—Jeffers.

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A Week of Consequential Reading #2

You’re traveling through another dimension—a dimension not only of letters and words but of stories; a journey into a literary land whose pages are bound with imagination. There’s reviews coming up ahead—your next stop: The Consequential Reading Zone!

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Okay, maybe that intro could have a little more ring to it. We’ll try for better next time. Anyway, let’s take a look at the stories I’ve found for you to check out this week. If you wish to read any of these titles, click the book’s image to get your own…

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