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Old 07-21-2011, 03:03 PM   #1
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The "Great Authors That Not Too Many People Know About" Thread

I want to start this off by hightly recommending Donald Harington, an Arkansan who has been compared to William Faulkner, but with his own special brand of humor.

Harington has written a series of books in the fictional town called Stay More. Theyy are very Southern Gothic and full of memorable characters.

I met him about 25 years ago, and he named me the Mayor of Stay More, because of my gushing admiration for him.

If you want to read a tender story of love between two cockroaches (an allegory, actually), try "The Cockroaches of Stay More." You'll be swept up in a tender story of blooming love and romance. In this wonderful novel, one meets Doc Swain and other characters from Harington's fertile imagination. One senses the true love he has for his characters.

For a different kind of story, one might try "Lightening Bug," a very Faulknerian novel that, thematically, reminds me of his "As I Lay Dying."

I'm only missing one or two of his novels, and have about 9 of them inscribed to me.

Harington's writing is beautiful and soaring, and full of wisdom and storytelling. It personally fills me with a deep sadness that he is no longer alive to write of that wonderful and mythical Southern town in Arkansas.

NOTE: These were available as ebooks (from Amazon; I didn't check other sources), but then were pulled due to horrendous formatting. It looks as if the bulk of his novels are going to be re-released August 4.



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Old 07-21-2011, 03:32 PM   #2
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I want to start this off by hightly recommending Donald Harington, an Arkansan who has been compared to William Faulkner, but with his own special brand of humor.

Harington has written a series of books in the fictional town called Stay More. They very Southern Gothic and full of memorable characters.

I met him about 25 years ago, and named the Mayor of Stay More, because of my gushing admiration for him.

If you want to read a tender story of love between two cockroaches (an allegory, actually), try "The Cockroaches of Stay More." You'll be swept up in a tender story of blooming love and romance. In this wonderful novel, one meets Doc Swain and other characters from Harington's fertile imagination. One senses the true love he has for his characters.

For a different kind of story, one might try "Lightening Bug," a very Faulknerian novel that, thematically, reminds me of his "As I Lay Dying."

I'm only missing one or two of his novels, and have about 9 of them inscribed to me.

Harington's writing is beautiful and soaring, and full of wisdom and storytelling. It personally fills me with a deep sadness that he is no longer alive to write of that wonderful and mythical Southern town in Arkansas.

NOTE: These were available as ebooks (from Amazon; I didn't check other sources), but then were pulled due to horrendous formatting. It looks as if the bulk of his novels are going to be re-released August 4.



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Sounds good.

Glad to see you around, I haven't seen one of your posts in a while....
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Old 07-21-2011, 04:17 PM   #3
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Sounds good.

Glad to see you around, I haven't seen one of your posts in a while....
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Old 07-21-2011, 05:36 PM   #4
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A lot of foreign writers are overlooked. Two wonderful Spanish writers are Carlos Ruiz Zafon (slightly gothic thrillers set in the Spanish Civil Wat) and Arturo Perez Reverte (historical thrillers). Translations are excellent so there is no awkwardness that sometimes happens with other books.
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Old 07-21-2011, 07:24 PM   #5
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My nomination is Donald Jack, a Canadian humorist. I only discovered him recently, while trolling for works with a World War I theme. Jack is best known for his series of novels known as the Bandy papers, about a WWI ace named Bartholomew Bandy. The fans of Wodehouse and those who like to see WWI skewered will find much enjoyment here.

There are nine Bandy novels. I've finished the first three and have reached the end of the war, so next will be to find out what Bandy gets up to in the 1920s. Annoyingly, only the third, fourth and sixth novels seem to be available in ebook, but perhaps the Canadians have access to more of them. But I have to say that I ran the name of Donald Jack by a Canadian friend and she was clueless.
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Old 07-21-2011, 07:27 PM   #6
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I say David Eddings - it still amazes me how much Fantasy fans haven't read him.
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Old 07-21-2011, 08:57 PM   #7
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Grant Callin. Wrote two amazing science fiction books, Saturnalia and The Lion on Tharthee (sequel to Saturnalia).

Great characters, wonderful stories, excellent humor and one of the most original alien political systems I have every come across.
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Let me see, I'm a huge fan of Jack Matthews whom I interviewed a few years ago. http://www.ghostlypopulations.com/20...jack-matthews/

He's published a lot of short stories and novels, all are wonderful. I'm writing a book about him and helping him to convert his out-of-print titles to ebook. His how-to book on writing (which I helped him to publish) is great http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/work...ews/1100572933 and in fact, in about a week, I'll post on MR how to download a free DRM-free way to download this guide. (If you don't check MR often, send me an email idiotprogrammer at gmail.com and I'll let you know when I post the announcement).

Lately, I've been a fan of Christopher Morley, definitely an underappreciated author. http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/sear...r_id&query=109 Haunted Bookshelf which I'm now reading is great (and free).. His best stuff is not public domain yet though.

Also, John Kendrick Bangs, a witty 19th century metafictional author http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/sear...r_id&query=979
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R Scott Bakker. The Prince of Nothing trilogy is brilliant IMO.
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A lot of foreign writers are overlooked. Two wonderful Spanish writers are Carlos Ruiz Zafon (slightly gothic thrillers set in the Spanish Civil Wat) and Arturo Perez Reverte (historical thrillers). Translations are excellent so there is no awkwardness that sometimes happens with other books.
I second Carlos Ruiz Zafon. His books are AMAZING.
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Can't think of an author to add offhand, but really enjoying reading the thread! Taking lots of notes!

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For horror fans, Tim Curran is disgustingly underrated. He has his hands in everything from post-apocalyptic to Lovecraftian to zombies and horror westerns. Everything I've read of his has been fantastic and I'm surprised that barely any horror fans know of him.
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Old 07-23-2011, 08:17 AM   #13
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For horror fans, Tim Curran is disgustingly underrated. He has his hands in everything from post-apocalyptic to Lovecraftian to zombies and horror westerns. Everything I've read of his has been fantastic and I'm surprised that barely any horror fans know of him.

Just bought a Curran title, because of your recommendation.

If I don't like it, I'm going to send my vampire turtle after you!



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Just grabbed "Biohazard" from Curran. Better be good or this doggie might nip at your heels xg4bx.
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I want to start this off by hightly recommending Donald Harington, an Arkansan who has been compared to William Faulkner, but with his own special brand of humor.
OK now you got me curious, especially after reading some excerpts on Amazon. There's quite a few books. Are there any of his you consider a good place to start?
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