Monday, January 25, 2016

The Tufts Daily, January 25, 2000

About a month after McDowell's passing, Tufts University, where McDowell was teaching a screenwriting class, paid tribute to him in their newspaper.

A full PDF of the student paper is available for public viewing at: Tufts Daily, January 25, 2000

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

First Look - Revolt of the Bondage Models

If you've been following this blog you may remember me mention a project McDowell was working on titled Revolt of the Bondage Models.

From Wiater's interview in Dark Visions:

"It's called Revolt of the Bondage Models. And the way I'm writing it, it's coming out in script form ... [Harry O. Morris] liked it and he's going to do photographs for it ... he sent me one photograph to show me what he's thinking of, and it's really quite wonderful."

I was lucky enough to obtain a copy of the aforementioned photograph/illustration to share with you guys here on CMOM. Let me know what you think!

Used with the permission of Harry O. Morris and Valancourt Books.

*More about Dark Visions here. It has a little more info about Revolt and it's available on Kindle!

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Toplin, 1985

Now available from Valancourt Books


BUT COME BACK SOON, the sign said. Obviously it was a lie. The people in the grocery store just wanted to make sure he couldn’t buy the spice he needed to make the recipe he’d selected for that night (recipes must be followed exactly). Obviously they wanted him to eat out ... to meet the waitress, Marta, ... to see her horrible, unspeakable, unbearable ugliness. It was obvious to him: her maimed, twisted face was the living desire to be dead. He had to help Marta be dead.

His teeth are perfectly white. He can’t see colors. He keeps a combination lock on his door and has twelve shelves of cookbooks. His walls bleed blood. His suits each have a number, S-1 through S-6. And life goes on.

Life goes on, if you can stand it. Life goes on, for the brave and the damned.

 Valancourt, 2016

Ed. Gréco, 1989

 Dell / Abyss, 1991


“An ambitious novel of psychological horror.”— Publishers Weekly

“Compelling—a tour-de-force of storytelling and style . . . recalls the anonymous dereliction of David Lynch’s Eraserhead ... McDowell tells Toplin’s story with considerable artistry, marvelous pacing, and a welcome dose of macabre humor. His prose is clear, precise, and tightly controlled ... and his imagery ... startling and vivid ... McDowell has populated his underworld with as bizarre a cast of grotesques as you are likely to find outside a Fellini film ... In its power to transport the reader into a wholly insane mind, Toplin ranks with Stephen Gilbert’s Ratman’s Notebooks and Ramsey Campbell’s The Face That Must Die— distinguished company indeed.” — Fantasy Review

“One of the best writers of horror in this country.” — Peter Straub

“A cause for great rejoicing ... a first-person account of one man’s psychological nightmare ... succeed[s] so well in its atmosphere of profound alienation.” — Fangoria

Visit the Valancourt website for more details and links to order.