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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Spot Horrible Books Before You Commit to Them

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It’s no secret: there’s a lot of books out there, and no way to ever read them all. New books are published every single day, but how many of them are really worth your time?

It turns out the answer—though harsh—often times works to spare you a lot of misery and wasted time. This method, while not 100% effective, has dramatically increased the chances of me enjoying the books I invest my time into. It goes a little like this:

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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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Remembering Harlan Ellison

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Yesterday—June 28th, 2018—Harlan Ellison passed on to the clockwork castle in the sky.

Few authors have impacted me with their work in the same way Harlan’s has. Many remember him for being irate and outspoken—a bitter misanthrope who would hardly allow you a word in conversation. He was someone with a lot to say, and by God he wouldn’t be caught holding back. But looking at him now (never having met him, but exploring his body of work and listening to various recordings,) I see a man who was passionate about stories: a man who would not let injustices stand, and words go unspoken.

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