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Night of the Living Dead

Yes, I mean George Ramero’s film. This year marks the 50th anniversary of its release and Pittsburgh is alive, er, I mean, undead with zombies.

What on earth has made this movie a cult classic? If you’ve never seen it, it’s worth watching. By today’s standards it’s kinda kooky, but something about it appealed to a small group of people. Those early adopters thought it was so good that they got their friends to watch it until now, it’s part of pop culture.

Ramero made his art for a select group of people who “got it”, and that’s what we need to do too. The novels we’re writing aren’t going to appeal to everyone, nor should they. All we need to do is write for the smallest viable audience. If we’ve done our jobs right, as Ramero did, they’ll spread the word for us.

Valerie Francis

The Mystery of Mrs. Christie

Well, you’re not going to believe this. Reece Witherspoon and I picked the same book for our February book clubs. Sort of.  Late last year, I came across THE MYSTERY OF MRS. CHRISTIE by Marie Benedict and was fascinated by the premise. Benedict writes historical fiction, much like Philippa Gregory,

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A Girl Named Howard

This month, rather than recommend one book to read, I’m recommending the entire body of work of one author because Anne Rice, who passed away December 11, 2021, single-handedly revolutionized the role of vampires in literature.  Yes, vampires.  And the impact she’s had is more significant than you might realize.

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The Christmas Bookshop

If you’ve had it up to your eyes with holiday preparations and are looking for a light-hearted story to escape into, The Christmas Bookshop, by Jenny Colgan, might be just the ticket. The title is a bit misleading, in my opinion. Yes, there’s a bookstore. Yes, the plot unfolds in

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