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…through Blatty’s Legion, so now I’m on to this:

"Halloween: From Pagan Ritual to Party Night" by Nicholas Rogers.

Figured it was appropriate for the season.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year,

-Shady

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So good, and barely any exclamation points.

Legion by William Peter Blatty, which is a brillion times better than this turd.

Legion is the official sequel to Blatty’s The Exorcist, and the book was later adapted to become the third film in the series. (Exorcist II barely counts as a film, let alone a sequel… trust me.)

Both The Exorcist and The Exorcist III hold up as genuinely terrifying films, but this book is an absolutely fantastic read all on its own. Pick up a copy and give it a read if you’re looking to get into the Halloween spirit a little early this year.

This more than makes up for Jay! Anson!,

-Shady

Jay Anson's "The Amityville Horror."

…which, in case you haven’t been able to tell, sucked.

As a kid, I loved the movie that this book was based on. Sadly, the movie no longer holds up, but I was hoping the source material would at least be somewhat scary. It isn’t. The main reason? Because, for whatever reason, author Jay Anson loved! Writing! In! All! Exclamation! Points!

I felt like a teenager was screaming the book at me the entire time I read it. Here is an exact transcription of an excerpt from the book:

“She felt the radiator. It was hot!”

Really, dude? It was that hot?

So, yeah. Huge disappointment.

I decided to drop this literary number-two back into the same little free library in our neighborhood that I picked it out of a few weeks ago. But before I did, I updated the cover with a more accurate representation of what was inside.

Jay! Anson's! "The!" "Amityville!" "Horror!"

I’ve! Read! Less! Emphatic! High! School! Love! Letters!,

-Shady!

"Writing Movies for Fun and Profit" by Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant.

Writing Movies for Fun and Profit by Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant.

My good friend Ryan gave me this book years ago, long before the Black List Live! read of Saving Charlie Chaplin that Lennon was a part of, but at that point I was desperately trying to take a break from reading “how to” books about screenwriting, and instead concentrate on figuring out my own method and style.

By then, I had had my fill of Robert McKee and saving the cat, and so I decided it was time to stop reading about how to do something, and just do it already.

I made a horrible mistake. I should’ve read this book sooner.

I’m only about 100 pages in, but it’s both a hilarious and (sometimes depressingly) accurate look at this insane industry, as told from the perspective of two guys who actually live it each and every day. If you’re an aspiring screenwriter—or even an established one—be sure to check it out.

Ryan was right,

-Shady

D.J. Kirkbride's "The Amelia Cole Omnibus" is out now!

…released The Amelia Cole Omnibus last month through IDW Publishing.

It’s huge! Literally! It’s, like, 500 pages! Bigger than a bible! And in full color!

Get! Your! Copy! Now!

Here!

Also, my other good friend Frank Cvetkovic did lettering, so that’s awesome, too.

Get on it,

-Shady

…who proved to be a contradictory, self-righteous, and self-loathing curmudgeon.

Went right in the Little Free Library at the end of our block.

Now, I’ve moved on to this:

"The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America"

George Packer’s The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America.

Haven’t figured out what’s next,

-Shady

"Beyond Good & Trump"

A book about New Orleans is next,

-Shady

Let's close out this shit-fuck year with the memory of a brilliant man.

Nietzsche’s next,

-Shady

Couldn't be a more appropriate time to read this.

A Jim Henson biography is next,

-Shady

John Steinbeck's "The Pearl."

Orwell is next,

-Shady