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Old 09-11-2010, 12:22 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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I'm digging the Demon Dog's latest offering The Hilliker Curse. It's My Dark Places rehashed with new tidbits of his former scummy self but still a good read.

He's on a tour. So far the only dates are in Cali and NYC. Hope it expands. Check him out if you are able. After attending a reading last year it's never been the same reading his works. Reliving his delivery as I read away enhances the magic of his books.

The artsy folks can have Cormac McCarthy. I'll take Ellroy.
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Old 02-27-2012, 12:41 AM
 
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I'm digging the Demon Dog's latest offering The Hilliker Curse. It's My Dark Places rehashed with new tidbits of his former scummy self but still a good read.

He's on a tour. So far the only dates are in Cali and NYC. Hope it expands. Check him out if you are able. After attending a reading last year it's never been the same reading his works. Reliving his delivery as I read away enhances the magic of his books.

The artsy folks can have Cormac McCarthy. I'll take Ellroy.

Copy that,Big Pete
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Old 03-01-2012, 03:51 PM
 
Location: Old Mother Idaho
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Hey- there's nothing wrong with liking both of them!

But I have to say Ellroy usually has a more redemptive ending in his stuff. McCarthy's nihilistic bleakness isn't what I want to dive into on a regular basis.

I also think that between them, Ellroy is a better stylist; I really like how he experiments with the language and it's tempos in his books.

I own an autographed copy of My Dark Places. It's cool, but I didn't know it was autographed when I bought the book.
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Old 03-08-2012, 07:10 AM
 
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i loved No Country...McCarthy does take a certain patience but i feel that way about Ellroy also...i made the mistake of watching an interview with him and that sealed it for me...his writing definitely has a certain style but the author himself rubbed me wrong...
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Old 03-08-2012, 10:02 PM
 
Location: Old Mother Idaho
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i loved No Country...McCarthy does take a certain patience but i feel that way about Ellroy also...i made the mistake of watching an interview with him and that sealed it for me...his writing definitely has a certain style but the author himself rubbed me wrong...
Given his life story, I'm sure he rubbed a lot of people the wrong way for most of his life.
I remember seeing an interview with him 20 years ago, when he was an up and comer, and he has mellowed considerably since then. Of course 'mellow' is very relative, but I think being married helped him.
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Old 05-06-2012, 11:31 AM
 
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James is a freak but he can write.
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Old 05-08-2012, 01:27 AM
 
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i loved No Country...McCarthy does take a certain patience but i feel that way about Ellroy also...i made the mistake of watching an interview with him and that sealed it for me...his writing definitely has a certain style but the author himself rubbed me wrong...
Relatively few authors have their mother murdered when they were 10, have to go live with their indigent dying father, and end up on the streets for 20 years before their first books sales are enough to provide them with a secure roof over their head.

By all rights, Ellroy should have become a junkie, a criminal, or a lifelong homeless street guy. That he comes across as a little crazy and abrasive seems natural to me. He had more the the number of average demons to purge before he became more acceptably mellowed.

The only other author I can think of whose life was so freakishly screwed up is Mikal Gilmore, murderer Gary Gilmore's little brother. Their family was a real doozey for sure.

Both guys have written about their families. Ellroy wrote My Mother's Murder, and Gilmore wrote Shot In The Heart. Both are as compelling as a pair of Vise Grips to read.
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Old 02-16-2013, 04:23 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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The Demon Dog authored an ebook exclusive called Shakedown. It's available on Amazon. Almost makes me want to buy a Kindle.
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