On this day… 31st May, 1968 – John Connolly born
Quite excited about today’s author. I have read quite a lot of his novels and although he is most famous for the Charlie Parker series, my favourite is “The Book of Lost Things” and I highly recommend it. A twisted adult interpretation of those much loved childhood classics, that is so well written and highly addictive you will wonder if this was the original tales.
John Connolly (born 31 May 1968, Dublin) is an Irish writer who is best known for his series of novels starring private detective Charlie Parker. Connolly was drawn to the tradition of American crime fiction, because it seemed the best medium through which he could explore the issues of compassion, morality, reparation and salvation. He credits veteran authors Ross Macdonald, James Lee Burke, and Ed McBain as influences, and is often praised for writing in a rich and introspective style of prose.
Connolly has posted a few short stories on his website in a gothic horror style. (Visit Here).
I sometimes think that ghost stories/ horror tales are better suited to the short story form than the novel: certainly, I could assemble a collection of great horror stories more easily than I could assemble a list of great horror novels. I can remember great moments from supernatural novels better than the novels themselves, so the short story – which is, in the way I write, one of those ‘moments’ presented in isolation – holds more appeal. Also, in a short story there is less of an onus on the author to explain, or attempt to explain, what lies behind the incident at the heart of the tale. Perhaps too it’s to do with the suspension of disbelief, which holds better over the length of a short story than a novel, unless the novel is written by a superb craftsman.
Did You Know?..
John Connolly admitted finding it hard to write? On his blog he writes:
I find writing hard. It’s not as hard as laying tar on the roads, or coal mining, or at least it’s a different kind of hard. There are days when I don’t want to write, when I feel that I have nothing to say or no inspiration, and I have to force myself to sit down at a computer.
In that sense, journalism was a great teacher for me. There were many occasions on which I had a piece to do for five o’clock that evening, and with no idea how I was going to approach it. But I knew that if I sat down and began working that, eventually, I would produce something, and it would be good enough to print. Getting started was the hard part, and often still is.