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" Although I've said a million times that I'm not a horror writer, I do like horror. "
" Each reader needs to bring his or her own mind and heart to the text. "
" If something in your writing gives support to people in their lives, that's more than just entertainment-which is what we writers all struggle to do, to touch people. "
" I do give books as gifts sometimes, when people would rather have one than a new Ferrari. "
" Literary fiction, as a strict genre, is all but dead. Meanwhile, most genres flourish. "
" Books were this wonderful escape for me because I could open a book and disappear into it, and that was the only way out of that house when I was a kid. "
" I think the world is full of evil people. I think in some ways we're in more danger now than before. "
" I have avoided becoming stale by putting a little water on the plate, lying on the plate, and having myself refreshed in a toaster oven for 23 minutes once every month. "
" I try not to spend too much time on partisan politics. Life's too short for that. I don't really believe that there have been many human problems solved by politics. "
" Never, never try to scope the market. "
" If you have to pay the bills, and you write something you're not proud of, use a pen-name for that. "
" I have to admit that when I watch a movie in which there is no moral context for the violence - I find that offensive. I think that's potentially damaging to society. "
" Some days I'm lucky to squeeze out a page of copy that pleases me, but I get as many as six or seven pages on a very good day; the average is probably three pages. "
" Writing a novel is like making love, but it's also like having a tooth pulled. Pleasure and pain. Sometimes it's like making love while having a tooth pulled. "
" I think it's perfectly just to refuse service to anyone based on behavior, but not based on race or religion. "
" Sometimes there is no darker place than our thoughts, the moonless midnight of the mind. "
" The hands of every clock are shears, trimming us away scrap by scrap, and every time piece with a digital readout blinks us towards implosion. "
" Your mind always does worse things than people can show in a movie. "
" Nothing gives us courage more readily than the desire to avoid looking like a damn fool. "
" Readers will stay with an author, no matter what the variations in style and genre, as long as they get that sense of story, of character, of empathetic involvement. "
" When I'm working on a novel, I work 70-hour weeks. "
" Every book has some real life in it. I was never pursued by an evil twin clone, but everything else in MR. MURDER was pretty much out of my own life. "
" Because people see violence on the movie screen, they're not going to go out and hold up a liquor store and kill somebody. It really doesn't correlate. "
" Somebody asked me about the current choice we're being given in the presidential election. I said, Well, it's like two of the scariest movies I can imagine. "
" If someone wrote it and it had a peculiar twist, I've read it. "
" In my personal life, I'm a comic novel. But then, so are we all, because we're human beings. "
" Like all of us in this storm between birth and death, I can wreak no great changes on the world, only small changes for the better, I hope, in the lives of those I love. "
" The only reason I would write a sequel is if I were struck by an idea that I felt to be equal to the original. Too many sequels diminish the original. "
" I don't write a quick draft and then revise; instead, I work slowly page by page, revising and polishing. "
" When tempest tossed, embrace chaos. "
" I like to deal with EVERY aspect of our condition, and that means terror and humor in equal mix. Some books have more room for humor than others. "