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The Lives of the Dead Paperback – November 1, 1991
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From Publishers Weekly
Questions about the relationship of artist to oeuvre are raised in this tale of a cult-filmmaker so engrossed in a project about a fictitious serial killer that his characters become real to him. "Blisteringly beautiful," said PW. Smith "fashions an unforgettable realm, as violent as it is sensuous."
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
In the last 15 years Buddy Drake's New York-based production company has cranked out a dozen low-budget slasher films. Drake's next project will test the limits of that sleazy genre and astonish and confound his critics, if he can only get the necessary funding. Desperate for cash, he turns to his wealthy ex-wife Bess, wooing her with reminiscences of the life they once shared and with tantalizing details of his half-finished script. Smith's previous novel, Shine Hawk (1988), was widely praised for its lyrical prose and Southern gothic motif. Here the lyricism is replaced by a stupifying verbosity and the gothic element degenerates into Grand Guignol. There are occasional flashes of brilliance in this book, but few readers will have the tenacity to find them. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 5/15/90.
- Edward B. St. John, Loyola Law Sch. Lib., Los Angeles
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