Your favorite lesser known author? Win a copy of Clock Without Hands

Who’s your favorite underappreciated, nearly forgotten author?

Mine is Gerald Kersh. Probably best known for writing NIGHT AND THE CITY, upon which the famous film noir was based (and the Robert DeNiro film, screenplay written by Richard Price), Kersh was a unique larger than life character, a big hulking “villanous-looking” man with a great beard and booming voice, who wrote drama, humor, mystery, science fiction, and pretty much whatever he wanted, with a fantastic talent for capturing human frailty in few words, and telling tales no one else could tell.

Harlan Ellison was a champion of his work and that’s how I discovered him, and that’s why I wrote Harlan way back when, in a letter that’s had a life of its own. And our correspondence continues–I recently mailed Harlan a copy of the book, inscribed of course. (When I met him in high school at a science fiction convention, he signed a stack of my books, so one good turn deserves another.)

Clock Without Hands includes my introduction, and three powerful novellas by Gerald Kersh. The titular tale concerns a bloody murder, a cold journalist, and an invisible witness tortured by sudden fame; the second is The Flight to World’s End, about a young orphan escaping the brutality of a reform home; and the final one is Fairy Gold, about a practical joke that goes horribly wrong.

For a chance at winning a copy, please leave your favorite lesser-known author in the comments, with a story or book of theirs we should hunt down. I’ll pick a random comment next week and share the winner in a new post.

IMG_20150221_140213And if you don’t win, you can buy the paperback or ebook here at Valancourt Books.

Win a Copy of Dark City Lights

If you’re on Goodreads, you can enter for a chance to win a copy of Dark City Lights: New York Stories, edited by Lawrence Block, which includes my story “The Big Snip.” Also stories by some folks named SJ Rozan, LB himself, Jonathan Santlofer, Ed Park, and many more.

Enter the contest here.


Breaking Bad Contest: The First Three to Die?


Let’s make this simple. Post a comment below with your guess of who the first three characters to die are in the final season of Breaking Bad.

The one who guesses first wins their choice of one the following:

1) ONE season of Breaking Bad of your choice (DVD or Blu-Ray)

2) Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution: From The Sopranos and The Wire to Mad Men and Breaking Bad (Kindle or Hardcover)


3) The Revolution Was Televised: The Cops, Crooks, Slingers, and Slayers Who Changed TV Drama Forever by Alan Sepinwall (Kindle or Paperback)

Rules: Limited to U.S. addresses. Will be shipped from Amazon. You must guess all three in order that their deaths are portrayed in the show. In the event of a tie your names will be written post-it notes and one winner drawn from a bag by my wife. Judge Plucker’s decision will be final.

NEW RULE: Comments must be in by Sunday August 18th at 7pm EST (may be extended if no one dies next episode)

So… who dies first?

My guess is: Marie, Saul, Junior.