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 Post subject: Adam Nevill
PostPosted: Thu Aug 05, 2010 9:06 am 
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Adam is featured author in the Case Notes section of Black Static #18, so just a thread for anyone inclined to discuss the interview, his books, or anything else Nevill-shaped, and for me to link back to when I start throwing stuff up on the blog.

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Let me start by saying how much I enjoyed banquet of the damned and how well It envoked the style of mr James. However I have floundered about 90 pages into apartment 16, it all seems so samey and frankly the character of apryl gets right up my nose

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Ross, it does get better. I recently finished the novel and I really enjoyed it. I seemed to remember a section towards the start of the book that was a little slow, but once you're through that it levels out nicely. I also enjoyed BftD, and I think his short stories are among the very best to appear in the last few years. He's one of a few who can actually frighten me with his fiction.

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My 2004 review of "Banquet for the Damned" is reprised here:-

http://ttapress.com/899/banquet-for-the ... eview/0/5/

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I was very impressed with the Adam Nevill interview.

Particularly when he was talking about writing Breakout stories. As a writer that's what I try to do too. It resonated. I wonder if this resonates with anybody else also?

I understood and appreciate the glut of mediocrity he spoke about too.

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Yeah, I think this was one of the best interviews we've run. Adam has experience as both an editor and a writer, so perhaps that added another dimension.

I liked a lot of what he said, but the stuff that really struck a chord with me was when he spoke about how everybody wants to be heard but nobody wants to listen.

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Yes, I agree.

What did Adam Nevill say, 'Everybody wants to fly'.

It seems to me there is a large vocal element who want to write, but few of those want to read. It is certainly true with poetry.

A good writer will read lots and lots. If all of these people who would write and want people to read them would read a bit themselves, maybe subscribe to a magazine, buy the odd novel get books from the library and read them. There might be a market for their writing too. I know its an old story. But the amount of people queueing up for writer's workshops who haven't read any poetry since Wordsworth and are proud to say so speaks volumes all in itself.

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You just reminded me of an incident that cracks me up every time I recall it.

I did a writing course some years back, part of which was these special Saturday workshops. One of them was from the traditional academic lit crit angle rather than practical creative writing - more or less an informal seminar given by a young English lecturer from the local uni. It was a very thought-provoking discussion, mainly about what sets creative writing apart from other kinds of writing, and particularly focusing on voice and perspective. However, some of the students found it too analytical, and one old lady, absolutely incensed, spent the whole morning clutching her hands over her ears, lest her precious subconscious be polluted by analytic thought. She did not return after lunchbreak.

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Yeah Mike, but the little old lady is now a bestseller, and has a five book deal with Harper Collins :wink:

Anyone who enjoyed "Apartment 16" might be interested in this artwork, some of which was inspired by the book:-

http://www.hisdarkdesigns.co.uk/

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And you can now find out what Adam likes to eat and his favourite tipple:-

http://ttapress.com/914/getting-to-know ... evill/0/5/

Crucial stuff, this.

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