A cop-out, I know, but I gotta make this plural—narrowing it down to a single book just doesn't seem honest or fair in my case.
I started out on comic books and The Hardy Boys and then I read all the Erle Stanley Gardner mysteries and the Agatha Christie books. Somewhere in there I also read everything Jules Verne wrote and all the Edgar Rice Burroughs books, both Tarzan and science-fiction. Lost on Venus stands out most in my mind. How appropriate I'd end up living right next to Tarzana.
I grew up in a small town in Kansas, a great place to grow up but also a great place to dream about OTHER PLACES far more interesting. To me, horror was schlocky Hammer movies and cheap B-fare, which I LOVED, incidentally! I laughed my way through hundreds of those films, and still find myself arguing that horror is just comedy gone messy most of the time. We had two movie theaters and a drive-in, all of which changed programs three times a week, so don't cry for me. TV was more limited (1 channel!), but boy, do I remember the Twilight Zone! And the fact that Rod Serling was an actual writer and possibly coolest adult I had ever seen made an impression, I guarantee you, and no doubt influenced my career choice.
The Turn of the Screw was the first horror book that put it all together for me: great writing, great literature, terrific characters (including a narrator who maybe isn't telling the truth to the reader!) and a couple of shocks that made me jump right out of my seat. I read the book the first year of college (thanks, English Department, University of Kansas), which was about the time I realized with great wonder and astonishment that maybe I, too, could be a writer, which was a couple of years before realizing with even more wonder and astonishment that maybe I, too, could be involved in making movies, as well!
Dave Eisenstark (aka Burford Hauser) has been writing professionally and working in the film industry in various capacities for more years than he actually remembers. Nine of his feature film scripts have been produced, including the award-winning comedy Monkey Love (starring Jeremy Renner) and the horror classic Creepozoids.
Like film producer George Lucas, Dave graduated with a degree from USC Cinema; unlike Mr. Lucas, everything else.
Dave's first novel, The Video Killer, is probably vile, tasteless trash, but possibly amusing, and currently available from Spanking Pulp Press.
Dave lives in Los Angeles with his wife, a production sound mixer on major motion pictures. His daughter resides in the San Francisco Bay area and speaks both English and Chinese for some unknown reason. Yes, he has pets, who asked not to be mentioned.
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WANNABE MUSIC-VIDEO director Johnny Tone believes his next-door neighbor, Laura Causely - beautiful, suicidal, and just released from a mental institution — is his ticket to Hollywood.
ONCE A professional dancer, Laura had the moves Johnny craved, and for her part, she’s convinced he could rescue her from her controlling sister, good-for-nothing brother-in-law, and the demons that scream in her head.
LAURA IS not the first pretty young thing to fall under Johnny's spell. What happened to those old flames was a secret horror but she had her own bloody past to obliterate.
ONLY ONE of them can survive.
WHO WINS in a fair fight, the psychopath or the sociopath?