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Fear in a Handful of Dust

Review Excerpts

“This is a handbook for those of use that have struggled with our work, our relationships, and our lives. It’s self-depreciatory brilliance. While there are several non-fiction books that every horror writer should read, Fear In A Handful of Dust is a book everyone involved in a writer’s life should read, for not only is this a book for writers, it is a book for lovers, friends and family of writers. This is the book you can shove in their face and say, 'Read this-then MAYBE, just MAYBE, you’ll get it.' Gary A. Braunbeck would never presume to speak for us all, but if a vote were taken for a spokesman, he’s certainly got mine. Because the best leaders to not advertise themselves as such: instead they turn around as they trudge along, and are amazed to see anyone behind them. Lead on, Gary. The rest of us may only follow.”
— Geoff Cooper

"Gary Braunbeck is one of those extremely rare writers capable of making his non-fiction as moving, gripping, and poignant as his fiction. Once again he manages to imbue his work with slashing wit and probing philosophical questions that allow the reader a chance to delve into the rich textures and inventive surprises he offers. This is honesty at its most raw and meaningful. Fear In A Handful of Dust is not only wildly entertaining, it’s so illuminating you’ll never be able to forget it."
— Tom Piccirilli, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of A Choir Of Ill Children and The Night Class

“I read it in just two sittings. Couldn't stop, actually. I don’t think I've ever read anything so painfully honest about one's craft and personal demons. This is one hell of a special book from one of our best. Braunbeck takes us on a journey into the dark maelstrom his life has become. We share his passion and his pain as he explains why he must be a horror writer. Frightening, brilliant, compelling, and yet oddly wonderful. These words don't do Fear In A Handful of Dust the justice it deserves . . . but they're all I have."
— Thomas F. Monteleone, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of The Blood of the Lamb, Rough Beasts and Other Mutations, and Fearful Symmetries

"Gary Braunbeck is well known within the horror genre for his fiction, particularly a succession of first class short stories. What I hadn't realized was how extensive a body of non-fiction he has written as well, reviews of films and books, overviews of the field in general, and other related subjects. Much of that material has been incorporated into this book, which is also more than a bit of an autobiography, and Braunbeck uses his personal life and his commentary interactively, so that each helps to clarify and expand on the other. There's very little here that's light and fluffy; most of it is very serious and some of it movingly revealing. If you're serious about writing, you'll want to see how a serious writer examines his relationship with the craft."
Science Fiction Chronicle

“One part memoir, one part writing workshop and one part film class…what makes Braunbeck's book succeed is the way he unflinchingly explores the relationship between genre texts and his own approach to both writing and the world — giving us insight into his horror "aesthetic" and elaborating on why reading in this genre means so much more than sticking your hand into goopy buckets of broken bone and blood.”
— Bram Stoker Award-winner Michael Arnzen, Gorelets

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