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Public Libraries & COVID – My fear for the future.

Public Libraries & COVID – My fear for the future.

We’ve all feared for the future of public libraries in the past following the cutting of already meagre budgets that funded public libraries and their services followed by devastating closures. Then there was the proliferation of the electronic publications and online resources for readers which many saw as a serious threat to the physical printed word in the form of books and newspapers. It now seems that the death knell for the public libraries we all know and love could…

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Video: Stephen King, His Books, and Their Origins at Lisner Audiotorium

Video: Stephen King, His Books, and Their Origins at Lisner Audiotorium

If you’re looking for help with anything, on any subject, it’s always best to seek out the advice of an expert, some who can demonstrate their expertise. So, if you need help with writing horror who do you seek out? Who better than the master of horror, Stephen King? How about an hour and twenty minutes of pure gold from a writing genius? Are you up to it? Here it is and you’ll love what King has to say. How…

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5 Dean Koontz Books Not To Miss

5 Dean Koontz Books Not To Miss

Here I present my favourite five books from Dean Koontz. As always, these are my personal choices made from books I have personally read and enjoyed: I know not everyone will agree with my choices but that’s what makes reading books such a personal experience. “Dean Koontz is an American author. His novels are broadly described as suspense thrillers, but also frequently incorporate elements of horror, fantasy, science fiction, mystery, and satire.Many of his books have appeared on The New…

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The Typo Goblin

The Typo Goblin

I am the Typo Goblin, my heart is made of flint, My role in life is simply this: to keep you out of print. I sneak into your manuscript and do my fiendish work, Adding errors guaranteed to make you look a berk. And then I cast the ‘Careless’ spell: you say, ‘Ah, what the heck!’ And pop your script into the post without that final check. At length some hapless editor receives your golden wit, And after reading fifty…

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Great Retro Reads 2 – The Beaver Book of Horror

Great Retro Reads 2 – The Beaver Book of Horror

When I was about 10 years old in 1977 Her Majesty the Queen was celebrating her Silver Jubilee on the throne of England and a book entered my life and changed it forever; it introduced me to the world of horror, the paranormal and horror story telling. That book was The Beaver book of horror by Daniel Farson. In the mid to late 1970’s I was a member of a book club at school which I believe was the Scholastic…

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What Stops You Writing Your First Book?

What Stops You Writing Your First Book?

So you’re yearning to write a book but still haven’t done it. WHY NOT? Almost every would-be writer finds reasons why they can’t write their book rather than actually getting on with it. There is a brave minority who simply throw caution to the wind and get on with it regardless of their fears. It’s the brave minority who actually produce their books and can truly call themselves a writer. What are common reasons people never write their book? I’m…

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6 Amazing Stephen King Books I Recommend

6 Amazing Stephen King Books I Recommend

As one of the world’s most widely known horror writers, Stephen King needs little introduction. Any horror reader will no doubt turn to one of his books early in their reading career. Many Stephen King novels have been turned into screenplays and movies with varying degrees of success. I would say, even if you’re not the fan of a particular movie it may well be worth giving the original book a try. I haven’t gone into any kind of review…

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50 More Inspirational Book Related Quotes

50 More Inspirational Book Related Quotes

My previous post featuring book related quotes was very popular so I thought it only fair to supply you, dear reader with a further 50 book related quotes. As I said earlier, I have always loved the smell of books whether the inky paper smell of new books or the earthy dusty smell of old books. I even loved the sounds books make. The pleasing sound when you first crack the spine of a new book or the soft ‘clunk’…

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What is a Foreword, a Preface and an Introduction?

What is a Foreword, a Preface and an Introduction?

Many writers have heard of the terms Foreword, Preface and Introduction but some are unsure of the meaning of each and how they differ. It’s important for you to know the differences, particularly if you self-publish. Don’t worry, it’s not complex or difficult to understand and I’m going to keep it as simple as it needs to be. Foreword (Someone important endorses the book/author) The foreword is an introduction to the book and/or author by someone other than the author…

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Video: How It’s Made – Books

Video: How It’s Made – Books

Here we see one process employed to produce books, catalogues, brochures and magazines. Unfortunately, gone are the days of the traditional printing presses and the labour intensive job of the book binder, these arts are slowly disappearing. While the modern printing processes make books more affordable and accessible they have lost some of the ‘art’ attached to the book production processes of old. In the video below we see how the printing process can be used for a range of…

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