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The UFO Files Mass Market Paperback – February 1, 1998
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More About the Author
I wrote my first story in third grade. I still remember the first paragraph--I wanted to make sure that my vast readership (me) got the idea that this was a science fiction story. "Johnny Mars walked down Mars Street on Mars one day." I don't know about you but I think that should be studied in every writing class ever taught.:)
About my stories and books:
"Ed Gorman has the same infallible readability as writers like Lawrence Block, Max Allan Collins, Donald E. Westlake, Ed McBain, and John D. MacDonald." Jon Breen, Ellery Queen
Kirkus called Ed Gorman "One of the most original crime writers around."
Gorman's novels The Poker Club and The Haunted have both been filmed. Author of more than thirty novels and ten collections of short stories, The Oxford Book of Short Stories noted that his work "provides fresh ideas, characters and approaches."
The Rocky Mountain News called him "The modern master of the lean and mean thriller." Gorman's thrillers include Blood Moon and The Marilyn Tapes both available as part of the Top Suspense Group (TSG).
His novel Cage of Night, also available on TSG, is one of Gorman's personal favorites. The sites Gravetapping and Good Reads noted "It is truly a classic of the macabre--part mystery, part suspense, and entirely chilling and haunting."
Gorman's westerns have also been lauded by Publisher's Weekly. "Written in a lean hard-boiled style." Rocky Mountain News said "Simply one of the best Western writers of our time." Booklist raved "Intelligent characaters uniuely motivated make for knock-out read."
Gorman is now busy on a suspense novel he hopes to finish this year. Gorman can be reached at New Improved Gorman http://www.newimprovedgorman.com/ You can also follow him on Twitter.
Top Customer Reviews
"Ordinary Aliens"--They came from another galaxy to tell us how to pray! A mirthful romp with a potent punchline!
"Emma Baxter's Boy"--Whatchoo got in that there basement? Lemme take a looky-see..OH MY GOD IT'S A HUNGRY CRITTER..*CRUNCH*...Not much room to roam for a topic that's been addressed previously, but also not a bad story!
"Amid the Walking Wounded"--A man with a massive nosebleed. What is the correllation between the endless flow of crimson from the nasal cavity and the odd dark shapes that lurk in his peripheral vision?? Tightly told and avoids a clearly-defined explanation so the reader can draw his/her conclusions with a smirk!
"Daddy Dearest"--This is the queer cat of the collection because the plot involves a deceased daddy's ashes conversatin' like he was still amongst the living, tormenting his offspring, resulting in the rolls of the eyes and the exhausted sighs...but where do the aliens go?Read more ›
I do have some favorites in this collection. Unlike Twilight Zone punchline stories – “To Serve Mankind! It’s a cookbook!” – most of these have a twist on the twist. A middle-aged man takes his devoted wife to meet the aliens who abducted him only to discover he wasn’t abducted and he’s not him. When a hungry spaceship arrives on Earth, the little green men beckoning from the open doorway are like those fish that dangle worm-shaped organs to snare prey.
We’re given several explanations of what the abductions are really about (besides filling a flying saucer’s stomach). Many of the tales make you wonder who is the alien and who is more frightened by our first contact, us or THEM? This book contains all great stories by some well-known authors such as Gregory Benford and Alan Dean Foster. I won’t be including a paragraph of which stories to skip in this review. As I said, they’re short, clever, and thought-provoking.
The one about the mild-mannered history teacher who can detect “aliens” by their dead eyes may be a chilling tale about a psychopath or the world’s savior. Probably my favorite is the one where the wounded alien woman comes into a Casablanca-themed Rick’s Bar. She’s saved by a young man who knows all the lines (from the movie). Clever.Read more ›