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  • THE THING IN THE LABYRINTH – A HORROR BOOK CLUB WITH KATHRYN E. MCGEE

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    This horror book club meets after hours in the center of our labyrinth, warmed only by the flickering flames of a haunted chandelier we found in Uncle Vincent’s attic.

    Bad things happen almost never.



    Will we prove or disprove the existence of the supernatural after investigating Richard Matheson’s Hell House? Will we even survive?









    HOW IT WORKS:

    All book clubs require a ticket, and include the book, snacks/bevs, and a dedicated moderator – to keep the discussion on track! All clubs meet at The Last Bookstore.

    You can get your ticket one of two ways: either thru this link (*we’ll ship the book to you!) – OR buy your ticket in the store, just look for our book club display (near the book tunnel).

    *If you choose the on-line option (the one with shipping), please send a mailing addy to larkin.lastbookstore@gmail.com — Do not try to pick up the book in person.

    And hey – if you’re worried about being downtown at the witching hours of the night – please know that the club all leaves together. If you’d like an escort to where you parked after the meeting, it’s no problem at all – just let us know.



    Kathryn E. McGee’s horror stories have appeared in Gamut Magazine and anthologies including Dead Bait 4, Horror Library Volume 6, Cemetery Riots and Winter Horror Days. She has an MFA in creative writing from UC Riverside Palm Desert and is a member of the Horror Writers Association. She is also co-author of DTLA/37: Downtown Los Angeles in Thirty-seven Stories. For more information, please visit www.kathrynemcgee.com.

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  • THE THING IN THE LABYRINTH – A HORROR BOOK CLUB WITH KATHRYN E. MCGEE

    This horror book club meets after hours in the center of our labyrinth, warmed only by the flickering flames of a haunted chandelier we found in Uncle Vincent’s attic. Bad things happen almost never. Will we prove or disprove the existence of the supernatural after investigating Richard Matheson’s…

    This horror book club meets after hours in the center of our labyrinth, warmed only by the flickering flames of a haunted chandelier we found in Uncle Vincent’s attic.

    Bad things happen almost never.



    Will we prove or disprove the existence of the supernatural after investigating Richard Matheson’s Hell House? Will we even survive?

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  • Ira Resnick presents and signs The Seventies: A Photographic Journey

    The seventies in America were a time of social and cultural ferment, and Ira Resnick was there with his camera to capture it all. Now he is opening his archives to reveal hundreds of rare celebrity photos—many never seen since their original publication in magazines like Rolling Stone, People, and …

    The seventies in America were a time of social and cultural ferment, and Ira Resnick was there with his camera to capture it all. Now he is opening his archives to reveal hundreds of rare celebrity photos—many never seen since their original publication in magazines like Rolling Stone, People, and Us.

    Resnick's dynamic shots are accompanied by personal anecdotes about his legendary subjects. (Abbeville Press)

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  • THE INHERITANCE: POISONED FRUIT OF JFK’S ASSASSINATION WITH CHRISTOPHER FULTON

    The Last Bookstore welcomes Christopher Fulton and his new book, The Inheritance: Poisoned Fruit of JFK’s Assassination, which has been submitted for the Pulitzer Prize for its history-changing narrative. Join us as Christopher reveals for the first-time bombshell evidence that landed him on the …

    The Last Bookstore welcomes Christopher Fulton and his new book, The Inheritance: Poisoned Fruit of JFK’s Assassination, which has been submitted for the Pulitzer Prize for its history-changing narrative. Join us as Christopher reveals for the first-time bombshell evidence that landed him on the FBI’s Most Wanted List and in federal prison for 10 years on a terrifying national security case. Christopher has come forward for the first time to unlock some of the explosive mysteries that have haunted our nation for the last 55 years. Christopher’s roller coaster ride of discovery intertwines the JFK legacy and tragedy with his own. Although this is Christopher Fulton’s story, it is really about all of us.

    Pre-buy The Inheritance right here .



    Christopher Fulton’s journey began with the death of Evelyn Lincoln, the late secretary to President John F. Kennedy. Through Lincoln, crucial evidence ended up in Christopher’s hands—evidence that was going to be used to facilitate a new future for America. But the U.S. government’s position was clear: that evidence had to be confiscated and classified, and the truth hidden away from the public. Christopher was sent to federal prison for years under a sealed warrant and indictment. The Inheritance, Christopher’s personal narrative, shares insider information from his encounters with the Russian Government, President Ronald Reagan, Donald Trump, the Clinton White House, the U.S. Justice Department, the Secret Service, and the Kennedy family themselves. It reveals the true intentions of Evelyn Lincoln and her secret promise to Robert Kennedy—and Christopher’s secret promise to John F. Kennedy Jr. The Inheritance explodes with history-changing information and answers the questions Americans are still asking while pulling them through a gauntlet of some of the worst prisons this country has to offer. This book thrillingly exposes the reality of American power and sheds light on the dark corners of current corruption within the executive branch and the justice and prison systems.



    Christopher Fulton was born in 1965, just outside Washington, D.C., into a family with rich military history. He was on his way to being accepted to the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis but chose a career in commercial construction. His discipline and diligence took him to the top of the high-rise construction industry in Vancouver, British Columbia, where at age 33, during the height of his success, he was extradited and spent years in federal prison for his possession of physical evidence in JFK’s assassination.

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  • LEST WE FORGET: A DOCTOR’S EXPERIENCE WITH LIFE & DEATH DURING THE EBOLA OUTBREAK WITH DR. KWAN KEW LAI

    The Last Bookstore is pleased to present Dr. Kwan Kew Lai who will discuss her book debut, Lest We Forget: A Doctor’s Experience with Life and Death during the Ebola Outbreak. Join us to learn about her time volunteering during the greatest Ebola outbreak in history when she spent three months caring…

    The Last Bookstore is pleased to present Dr. Kwan Kew Lai who will discuss her book debut, Lest We Forget: A Doctor’s Experience with Life and Death during the Ebola Outbreak. Join us to learn about her time volunteering during the greatest Ebola outbreak in history when she spent three months caring for Ebola patients in Liberia and Sierra Leone.

    Pre-buy the book (your “ticket”) right here.



    In 2014, after fighting through yards of bureaucratic red tape, leaving her family, and putting her own health at risk in order to help suffering strangers, Kwan Kew Lai finally arrived in Africa to volunteer as an infectious disease specialist in the heart of the largest Ebola outbreak in history. What she found was not only blistering heat, inhospitable working conditions, and deadly, unrelenting illness, but hope, resilience, and incredible courage.

    Lest We Forget chronicles the harrowing and inspiring time spent serving on the front lines of the ongoing Ebola outbreak—the complicated Personal Protective Equipment, the chlorine-scented air, the tropical heat, and the heartbreaking difficulties of treating patients she could not touch. Dr. Lai interweaves original diary entries to create a gripping narrative about life, death, and human relationships that will leave no reader unmoved.

    Lest We Forget exposes the raw brutality of Ebola, as well as the chaotic nature of the undersupplied and understaffed health infrastructure in the developing world. At once a memoir of triumphs and failures and a memorial, this book will ensure that the victims of Ebola and the fighters who sought to heal them will not be forgotten.



    Kwan Kew Lai is an infectious disease specialist. More than a decade ago, after first volunteering in the aftermath of the South Asian tsunami, she left her position as a full-time professor of medicine and now divides her time between practicing clinical medicine and aiding with disaster relief in various parts of the world. Seeing the horrific effects of the Ebola outbreak on the people of West Africa, she felt a moral obligation to be both a participant and a witness of the efforts to stamp out this epidemic. Recently she volunteered in Greece in refugee camps for refugees from Syria, Afghanistan, Iran and the Sub-Saharan Africa and in the biggest refugee camp in the world for the Rohingya in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.

    The Last Bookstore is pleased to present Dr. Kwan Kew Lai who will discuss her book debut, Lest We Forget: A Doctor’s Experience with Life and Death during the Ebola Outbreak. Join us to learn about her time volunteering during the greatest Ebola outbreak in history when she spent three months caring for Ebola patients in Liberia and Sierra Leone.

    Pre-buy the book (your “ticket”) right here.



    In 2014, after fighting through yards of bureaucratic red tape, leaving her family, and putting her own health at risk in order to help suffering strangers, Kwan Kew Lai finally arrived in Africa to volunteer as an infectious disease specialist in the heart of the largest Ebola outbreak in history. What she found was not only blistering heat, inhospitable working conditions, and deadly, unrelenting illness, but hope, resilience, and incredible courage.

    Lest We Forget chronicles the harrowing and inspiring time spent serving on the front lines of the ongoing Ebola outbreak—the complicated Personal Protective Equipment, the chlorine-scented air, the tropical heat, and the heartbreaking difficulties of treating patients she could not touch. Dr. Lai interweaves original diary entries to create a gripping narrative about life, death, and human relationships that will leave no reader unmoved.

    Lest We Forget exposes the raw brutality of Ebola, as well as the chaotic nature of the undersupplied and understaffed health infrastructure in the developing world. At once a memoir of triumphs and failures and a memorial, this book will ensure that the victims of Ebola and the fighters who sought to heal them will not be forgotten.



    Kwan Kew Lai is an infectious disease specialist. More than a decade ago, after first volunteering in the aftermath of the South Asian tsunami, she left her position as a full-time professor of medicine and now divides her time between practicing clinical medicine and aiding with disaster relief in various parts of the world. Seeing the horrific effects of the Ebola outbreak on the people of West Africa, she felt a moral obligation to be both a participant and a witness of the efforts to stamp out this epidemic. Recently she volunteered in Greece in refugee camps for refugees from Syria, Afghanistan, Iran and the Sub-Saharan Africa and in the biggest refugee camp in the world for the Rohingya in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.

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  • NOIR NIGHT

    Join local authors Doug Cooper, Erik Tarloff, Frank Strausser, Sean Carswell, and Phoeff Sutton for a night of quintessential LA noir mystery. Authors will be presenting their own work as well answering any and all noir questions. Sponsored by The Last Bookstore in cooperation with Prospect Park …

    Join local authors Doug Cooper, Erik Tarloff, Frank Strausser, Sean Carswell, and Phoeff Sutton for a night of quintessential LA noir mystery. Authors will be presenting their own work as well answering any and all noir questions. Sponsored by The Last Bookstore in cooperation with Prospect Park Books and Rare Bird Lit.

    Pre-buy these books right here.



    Focus Lost by Doug Cooper:

    The line between passion and obsession runs through us all. Levi Combs never planned to rocket to stardom. Eva Florez knew he would the moment she saw him. Gabe Adams didn’t want anything to do with celebrities.

    But after Gabe’s sister sells his photos of Levi with a young starlet to a tabloid website, their lives become intertwined forever, bound by rage and retribution.

    Blending the nuance and insight of literary fiction with the big-screen magic of a Hollywood thriller, Focus Lost whisks readers into a world of temptation, indulgence, and revenge, daring them to take a bite of the forbidden fruit.



    The Woman in Black by Erik Tarloff:

    Chance Hardwick, the fictitious star of the breakout film Plains and Hills, is widely considered the greatest, most charismatic young movie actor of the postwar generation. However, his meteoric rise to fame and his tragic demise have remained an inexplicable puzzle to all who knew him, as well as to his millions of fans around the world.

    But all these years later, famed producer and film historian Gordon Frost has gathered Chance’s family, friends, lovers, and colleagues―all the people who loved and loathed him―to tell his story and try to come to terms with the elusive, unknowable figure who continues to haunt their lives. The oral history he’s pieced together uncovers the secret life of one of America’s premier talents. From Chance’s humble Midwestern beginnings, to his time in New York as an acting student, and finally his turn as a Hollywood icon, all the pieces fit together―or so it would seem.

    But who is Chance Hardwick really? And moreover, who is the mysterious woman watching over his grave each year on the anniversary of his death?

    Narratively inventive and always engaging, The Woman in Black spans America in the 1950s in its exploration of film, fame, and how well we ever really know each other.



    Plastic by Frank Strausser:

    When a Beverly Hills plastic surgeon is brought in to surgically erase evidence of a crime after a beautiful pop star suffers a disfiguring assault, he does the one thing a doctor shouldn’t, he begins to care.

    Elvis. Jim Morrison. Marilyn Monroe. They’re all frozen in time. Beautiful. At their peak. Well, what if they’d never actually died? What if they were sitting on a beach somewhere still collecting royalties? Plastic is a novel of psychological suspense about some desperate Hollywood image makers who conspire to do the ultimate cover up. After Fay Wray, a ravishingly beautiful nineteen-year-old pop star endures a vicious, disfiguring sexual assault, Dr. Harry Previn, a celebrated Beverly Hills plastic surgeon, is brought in to repair her face and thus surgically erase evidence of a crime. When he fails, a conspiracy ensues to fake her death in return for Jim Morrison-like immorality, but of course if she’s dead, she can’t press criminal charges. For Previn, beauty has become a life or death proposition because his patients are literally dying to be a beautiful. He’s already lost one high profile patient under murky circumstances that still haunts him and have exposed him to blackmail. Will he chance yet another death, even if it’s figurative? Plastic explores the ephemeral world of celebrity and beauty at the intersection of Hollywood and rock ‘n roll.



    Dead Extra by Sean Carswell:

    After being reported as dead in a German POW camp, former cop Jack Chesley returns to Los Angeles in 1946 very much alive, only to discover that his wife is dead—and her twin sister insists that it wasn’t an accident. They set out to find her killer, a journey that takes them from the Hollywood studios and the boozy back corners of Musso & Frank to a Camarillo mental hospital and a shabby motel where blackmailers shoot dirty movies. In the spirit of such noir masters as Cain and Chandler, Dead Extra explores new shadows on the seedy side of midcentury Southern California.



    Colorado Boulevard by Phoef Sutton:

    When Zerbe, the honorary brother (and roommate) of LA’s toughest bodyguard/bouncer, Crush, is kidnapped, Crush springs into action to save him. Unraveling the mystery takes him to Zerbe’s estranged billionaire father, who’s obsessed with building California’s long-promised bullet train, as well as to Pasadena’s famed Rose Parade along Colorado Boulevard. This third installment in the Crush series (both of which were Kirkus Best Mysteries of the Year) is full of action, humor, and mystery.



    Join local authors Doug Cooper, Erik Tarloff, Frank Strausser, Sean Carswell, and Phoeff Sutton for a night of quintessential LA noir mystery. Authors will be presenting their own work as well answering any and all noir questions. Sponsored by The Last Bookstore in cooperation with Prospect Park Books and Rare Bird Lit.

    Pre-buy these books right here.



    Focus Lost by Doug Cooper:

    The line between passion and obsession runs through us all. Levi Combs never planned to rocket to stardom. Eva Florez knew he would the moment she saw him. Gabe Adams didn’t want anything to do with celebrities.

    But after Gabe’s sister sells his photos of Levi with a young starlet to a tabloid website, their lives become intertwined forever, bound by rage and retribution.

    Blending the nuance and insight of literary fiction with the big-screen magic of a Hollywood thriller, Focus Lost whisks readers into a world of temptation, indulgence, and revenge, daring them to take a bite of the forbidden fruit.



    The Woman in Black by Erik Tarloff:

    Chance Hardwick, the fictitious star of the breakout film Plains and Hills, is widely considered the greatest, most charismatic young movie actor of the postwar generation. However, his meteoric rise to fame and his tragic demise have remained an inexplicable puzzle to all who knew him, as well as to his millions of fans around the world.

    But all these years later, famed producer and film historian Gordon Frost has gathered Chance’s family, friends, lovers, and colleagues―all the people who loved and loathed him―to tell his story and try to come to terms with the elusive, unknowable figure who continues to haunt their lives. The oral history he’s pieced together uncovers the secret life of one of America’s premier talents. From Chance’s humble Midwestern beginnings, to his time in New York as an acting student, and finally his turn as a Hollywood icon, all the pieces fit together―or so it would seem.

    But who is Chance Hardwick really? And moreover, who is the mysterious woman watching over his grave each year on the anniversary of his death?

    Narratively inventive and always engaging, The Woman in Black spans America in the 1950s in its exploration of film, fame, and how well we ever really know each other.



    Plastic by Frank Strausser:

    When a Beverly Hills plastic surgeon is brought in to surgically erase evidence of a crime after a beautiful pop star suffers a disfiguring assault, he does the one thing a doctor shouldn’t, he begins to care.

    Elvis. Jim Morrison. Marilyn Monroe. They’re all frozen in time. Beautiful. At their peak. Well, what if they’d never actually died? What if they were sitting on a beach somewhere still collecting royalties? Plastic is a novel of psychological suspense about some desperate Hollywood image makers who conspire to do the ultimate cover up. After Fay Wray, a ravishingly beautiful nineteen-year-old pop star endures a vicious, disfiguring sexual assault, Dr. Harry Previn, a celebrated Beverly Hills plastic surgeon, is brought in to repair her face and thus surgically erase evidence of a crime. When he fails, a conspiracy ensues to fake her death in return for Jim Morrison-like immorality, but of course if she’s dead, she can’t press criminal charges. For Previn, beauty has become a life or death proposition because his patients are literally dying to be a beautiful. He’s already lost one high profile patient under murky circumstances that still haunts him and have exposed him to blackmail. Will he chance yet another death, even if it’s figurative? Plastic explores the ephemeral world of celebrity and beauty at the intersection of Hollywood and rock ‘n roll.



    Dead Extra by Sean Carswell:

    After being reported as dead in a German POW camp, former cop Jack Chesley returns to Los Angeles in 1946 very much alive, only to discover that his wife is dead—and her twin sister insists that it wasn’t an accident. They set out to find her killer, a journey that takes them from the Hollywood studios and the boozy back corners of Musso & Frank to a Camarillo mental hospital and a shabby motel where blackmailers shoot dirty movies. In the spirit of such noir masters as Cain and Chandler, Dead Extra explores new shadows on the seedy side of midcentury Southern California.



    Colorado Boulevard by Phoef Sutton:

    When Zerbe, the honorary brother (and roommate) of LA’s toughest bodyguard/bouncer, Crush, is kidnapped, Crush springs into action to save him. Unraveling the mystery takes him to Zerbe’s estranged billionaire father, who’s obsessed with building California’s long-promised bullet train, as well as to Pasadena’s famed Rose Parade along Colorado Boulevard. This third installment in the Crush series (both of which were Kirkus Best Mysteries of the Year) is full of action, humor, and mystery.

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  • THIS WILL DESTROY YOU WITH PEDRAM NAVAB

    The Last Bookstore is excited to present Pedram Navab and his new novel, This Will Destroy You, a provocative, psychological thriller that will confound and shatter your expectations. Join us to learn more about this compelling and original narrative, alongside haunting music carefully tailored to …

    The Last Bookstore is excited to present Pedram Navab and his new novel, This Will Destroy You, a provocative, psychological thriller that will confound and shatter your expectations. Join us to learn more about this compelling and original narrative, alongside haunting music carefully tailored to the book.

    Pre-buy This Will Destroy You right here.

    Paris, France. 1885. Bernadette Soubirous, a patient at the Pitie-Salpetriere Hospital, where Sigmund Freud and Jean-Martin Charcot treated “hysterics,” commits mass suicide with other women, drowning themselves in the Seine. 1975. Christopher Laurent, a paranoiac with a cardiac condition, seeks the assistance of Dr. Anna Freud, fearing a group of informants is following him. 1985. Marc Bernard, renowned plastic surgeon at the Pitie-Salpetriere, harbors a dark secret that will make him question his identity. After a car accident, he is facially disfigured. It is the unanticipated collision between these disparate characters that propels a compellingly original and gripping psychological thriller, revealing a destructive force that lies within each of us.



    Pedram Navab is a neurologist and a Fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine who currently resides in Los Angeles. Educated at Brown and Stanford, he holds both a graduate degree in English/Modern Culture and Media and a JD. His debut novel, Without Anesthesia, was published in 2015 (Jaded Ibis). In his spare time, he acts and makes short films.

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  • VOTE FOR US: HOW TO TAKE BACK OUR ELECTIONS AND CHANGE THE FUTURE OF VOTING WITH JOSHUA A. DOUGLAS

    The Last Bookstore is pleased to present Professor Joshua A. Douglas, an expert in voting rights and election law, who will discuss his new book about the promise of positive voting rights reforms, Vote for US: How to Take Back Our Elections and Change the Future of Voting. His talk will highlight …

    The Last Bookstore is pleased to present Professor Joshua A. Douglas, an expert in voting rights and election law, who will discuss his new book about the promise of positive voting rights reforms, Vote for US: How to Take Back Our Elections and Change the Future of Voting. His talk will highlight amazing individuals — Democracy Champions — who are working to improve our election system. These inspiring stories offer a path forward to truly fix our democracy.



    Pre-buy Vote for US right here.



    In contrast to the anxiety surrounding our voting system, with stories about voter suppression and manipulation, there are actually quite a few positive initiatives toward voting rights reform. Professor Joshua A. Douglas, an expert on our electoral system, examines these encouraging developments in this inspiring book about how regular Americans are working to take back their democracy, one community at a time.

    Told through the narratives of those working on positive voting rights reforms, Douglas includes chapters on expanding voter eligibility, easing voter registration rules, making voting more convenient, enhancing accessibility at the polls, providing voters with more choices, finding ways to comply with voter ID rules, giving redistricting back to the voters, pushing back on big money through local and state efforts, using journalism to make the system more accountable, and improving civics education. At the end, the book includes an appendix that lists organizations all over the country working on these efforts.

    Unusually accessible for a lay audience and thoroughly researched, this book gives anyone fed up with our current political environment the ideas and tools necessary to affect change in their own communities.



    Joshua A. Douglas is a professor at the University of Kentucky College of Law. His most recent scholarship focuses on the constitutional right to vote, with an emphasis on state constitutions, as well as the various laws, rules, and judicial decisions impacting election administration. He has also written extensively on election law procedure. He is a coauthor of an election-law case book and a co-editor of Election Law Stories, which tells the behind-the-scenes stories of the major cases in the field. In addition, his media commentaries have appeared in the New York Times, USA Today, CNN, Reuters, the Washington Post, Politico, the Atlantic, Huffington Post, and Slate, among other outlets, and he has been quoted in major newspapers such as the New York Times and the Washington Post. He appeared live on CNN on Election Day 2016.

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  • A NIGHT OF WEREWOLVES WITH MAX BOOTH III

    The Last Bookstore is pleased to present Max Booth III and his new novel from Fangoria, a werewolf comedy called Carnivorous Lunar Activities. Join us as we learn about the history of werewolves and listen to a very depressed wolfman scream very bad werewolf-themed poetry. Things are going to get …

    The Last Bookstore is pleased to present Max Booth III and his new novel from Fangoria, a werewolf comedy called Carnivorous Lunar Activities. Join us as we learn about the history of werewolves and listen to a very depressed wolfman scream very bad werewolf-themed poetry. Things are going to get weird.

    Pre-buy Carnivorous Lunar Activities right here.



    Ted and Justin were once best friends, but over the years they’ve seen less and less of each other. Now, something’s wrong with Justin. He can’t sleep, he can’t think straight, and he certainly can’t explain why he keeps waking up naked and covered in blood. Ted might be the only person who can save him– assuming he’s okay with shooting his childhood BFF with a silver bullet. But that’s what friends are for, right?



    From Max Booth III and Fangoria comes Carnivorous Lunar Activities― the ultimate werewolf bromance. It’s a toxic cocktail of An American Werewolf in London, Old School, and Bubba Ho-Tep that dives deep into the well of childhood nostalgia, blood soaked horror, and irredeemable dick jokes to bring readers a slice of Southern Fried horror that proudly wears its heart―not to mention a few other internal organs―on its sleeve.





    Raised in Northern Indiana on an unhealthy diet of horror movies and Christopher Pike paperbacks, Max Booth III now lives in San Antonio, TX where he is constantly trying not to get shot. It is harder than you think. He serves as the Editor-in-Chief of Perpetual Motion Machine, the Managing Editor of Dark Moon Digest, and the co-host of Castle Rock Radio: A Stephen King Podcast. He writes online for LitReactor and CrimeReads and reviews books for the San Antonio Current. Visit his website TalesFromTheBooth.com to learn more and follow him on Twitter @GiveMeYourTeeth.

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