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Product Details

  • Paperback: 258 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1461190746
  • ISBN-13: 978-1461190745
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #287,545 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was born toward the end of the Jurassic Period and raised in New Jersey where I misspent my youth playing with matches, poring over Uncle Scrooge and E.C. comics, reading Lovecraft, Matheson, Bradbury, and Heinlein, listening to Chuck Berry and Alan Freed, and watching Soupy Sales and horror movies. I sold my first story in the Cretaceous Period and have been writing ever since. (Even that dinosaur-killer asteroid couldn't stop me.)

I've written in just about every genre - science fiction, fantasy, horror, a children's Christmas book (with a monster, of course), medical thrillers, political thrillers, even a religious thriller (long before that DaVinci thing). So far I've got about 33 books and 100 or so short stories under my name in 24 languages.

THE KEEP, THE TOMB, HARBINGERS, and BY THE SWORD all appeared on the New York Times Bestsellers List. WHEELS WITHIN WHEELS won the first Prometheus Award in 1979; THE TOMB received the Porgie Award from The West Coast Review of Books. My novelette "Aftershock" received the 1999 Bram Stoker Award for short fiction. DYDEETOWN WORLD was on the young adult recommended reading lists of the American Library Association and the New York Public Library, among others (God knows why). I received the prestigious Inkpot Award from San Diego ComiCon and the Pioneer Award from the RT Booklovers Convention. I'm listed in the 50th anniversary edition of Who's Who in America. (That plus $3 will buy you a girly coffee at Starbuck's.)

My novel THE KEEP was made into a visually striking but otherwise incomprehensible movie (screenplay and direction by Michael Mann) from Paramount in 1983. My original teleplay "Glim-Glim" first aired on Monsters. An adaptation of my short story "Menage a Trois" was part of the pilot for The Hunger series that debuted on Showtime in July 1997.

And then there's the epic saga of the Repairman Jack film. After 14 years in development hell with half a dozen writers and at least a dozen scripts, THE TOMB is finally moving toward production as "Repairman Jack" from Beacon Films and Touchstone. The plan is to make Jack a franchise character. (Gotta tell you: all the years of this has worn me out.)

I've done a few collaborations too. One with Steve Spruill on NIGHTKILL, and a bunch with Matthew J. Costello. Matt and I did world design, characters, and story arcs for Sci-Fi Channel's FTL NewsFeed, a daily newscast set 150 years in the future. An FTL NewsFeed was the first program broadcast by the new channel when it launched in September 1992. We took over scripting the Newsfeeds (the equivalent of a 4-1/2 hour movie per year) in 1994 and continued until its cancellation in December 1996.

We did script and design for MATHQUEST WITH ALADDIN (Disney Interactive - 1997) with voices by Robin Williams and Jonathan Winters, and the same for The Interactive DARK HALF for Orion Pictures, based on the Stephen King novel, but this project was orphaned when MGM bought Orion. (It's officially vaporware now.) We even wrote a stageplay, "Syzygy," which opened in St. Augustine, Florida, in March, 2000.

I'm tired of talking about myself, so I'll close by saying that I live and work at the Jersey Shore where I'm usually pounding away on a new Repairman Jack novel and haunting eBay for strange clocks and Daddy Warbucks memorabilia. (No, we don't have a cat.)

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This as well as every other book I have read by Mr. Wilson has been a page turner from beginning to end.
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Okay, who says hounding doesn't pay off? Down the years F. Paul Wilson's rabid fans (count me as one) have pressed - and coaxed and cajoled and possibly even wheedled - for him to release all his Repairman Jack short fiction in one collected book. It's probable that the persistent grousing has had something like a Chinese water torture effect on the poor wretch, because here's QUICK FIXES: TALES OF REPAIRMAN JACK, which compiles all of the RJ short stories that were originally printed in various mystery/thriller anthologies. And, believe me, some of these stories are very hard to come by.

This paragraph is solely for that rare newbie what's unfamiliar with Repairman Jack. Jack happens to be an urban myth, an underground mercenary who hangs his hidden shingle in the bustling Big Apple. Only when every other desperate avenue had been explored - only when them lawful authorities won't do - do you call Repairman Jack. This cat boasts neither surname nor social security number. He exists off the grid. He works for cash only. It's not his fault that his adventures tend to be colored with the supernatural. Cosmic forces had long ago tapped him to play a pivotal role. And that's probably the draw for me: this average-looking guy - whose tools of the trade consist merely of quick reflexes, a mean streak, and a knack for improvisation - caught up in increasingly epic shenanigans. When Armageddon arrives (in the upcoming and heavily revised NIGHTWORLD), we know Repairman Jack will stand tall, because he's righteous like that. But, before that, do check out this must-have anthology which has Jack walking the mean streets of New York City and taking on his more mundane fixes (although, okay, "The Last Rakosh" and "Piney Power" do contain paranormal elements).
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Josh Mauthe on May 10, 2011
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If you're a fan of the Repairman Jack series and you don't pick this up, you're a crazy person. And if you're not a fan, I have to say, this is a fantastic way to get into what is easily one of the best thriller series being written today. Quick Fixes is a collection of short stories about Repairman Jack, ranging from some that have been worked into the novels of the series to pieces published in compilations and long out of print anthologies. I've always thought that Wilson underrated his abilities as a short story author, and the Jack stories really bear that out; these works really strip Jack down to his core, reminding us that the series originated with a man whose intellect and knack for subterfuge made his mind just as big of a threat as his physical prowess. Stripped of the complex mythology of the series, Quick Fixes is Jack at his purest, telling tales that are as much about the cleverness of the plans as their success or failure. Really, there's not a truly weak story in the batch to me, but even if there were, stories like "The Long Way Home" (in which one of Jack's deepest fears comes true) and "Interlude at Duane's" (which finds Jack squaring off against a crew of robbers with only the contents of a drugstore at his disposal) would make this worth every single penny. Wilson says this was largely compiled for the completist, and as a longtime Jack fan, this collection is an absolute treat that really reminded me how much fun Jack stories can be. But even if you're a newcomer to the series, this is a great starting point - the short pieces and sharp writing are a great sample of the fantastic series to come. Whichever you are, you absolute can't miss this one - the cheap price and high quality make this a must buy for whatever e-book system you've got.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 14, 2011
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Without the anguish of the last books, of the impending doom, just Jack. Fast, smart, funny and just.
Excellent! you get to know Jack better and you like him even more.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By srom on September 13, 2011
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If You've Read ALL The Novels About Repairman Jack by F. Paul Wilson - Then You Also NEED Quick Fixes as well.
It is a collection of ALL The Short Fiction starring one of the Greatest Characters Ever Created...
Jack is The Maytag Repairman With A Killer Attitude and The Means to FIX Everything except your Washer & Dryer...
In a Jam, That No Regular Person Should Find Themselves In - Then Jack's Your Man! Which Reminds Me Of The Cheap Trick Tune "Everything Works If You Let It": "He Can Fix It, I Know He Can."
It's a Quick Read as well, And Essential to The Complete Story Of Repairman Jack...
Well Worth The Money!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TopCat19 on August 25, 2013
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Anyone who likes Repairman Jack will like this book. It's a bit different (for me, anyway), to read RJ in the short story format, but the stories are good, as you would expect from F. Paul Wilson. Also, some of the stories present Jack in a slightly different light than what you might expect, so that was kind of interesting. The author also prefaces each story with an introduction, so you get a feel for how and why he wrote that particular story, which is a nice touch. This book makes an ideal addition to anyone's RJ collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By OlWolf on December 14, 2013
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Too bad Dr. Wilson retired him! This is a good compiling of stories! Rounds out the saga! I just can't get enough!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 7, 2013
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Any fan of Repairman Jack must get this book it covers early stories and little known tales that are out of print.
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