Patrick Samuel

Author on Reedsy Prompts since Sep, 2021

Author bio

French guy, currently living in the City of Lights and wondering where they all went. At 10 I read Agatha Christie's "And Then There Were None" and realized I was alone in a big remote house on an island. The next year I read M.R. James' "Casting The Runes" and prayed I was alone in that bed. At 15 I discovered Tennessee Williams and realized I wasn't as alone as I thought. In my twenties I discovered James Baldwin and knew I would never be alone again. Some books I love so much I can't bear finishing them and keep starting over: City of Night by John Rechy A Choir of Ill Children by Tom Piccirilli Taking Lives by Michael Pye The Complete Ghost Stories of M.R. James Other favorites include, but not limited to: John Steinbeck, Thomas Merton, Saki, Oscar Wilde, Thomas Ligotti, Kathe Koja, Gemma Files, Joel Lane, Truman Capote, Paul Bowles, Elizabeth Taylor, Flannery O'Connor, Shirley Jackson, Patricia Highsmith, Robert Aickman, Scott Thomas (*not* the Kill Creek guy, but the author of "Cobwebs and Whispers", "Vale of the White Horse" and other superb collections of Victorian tales), Daphne Du Maurier, Lorraine Hansberry, Maya Angelou, Emile Zola, Guy De Maupassant, Ira Levin, Ruth Rendell aka Barbara Vine, Katherine Mansfield, Jonathan Carroll, Ray Bradbury, Richard Matheson, Maurice Zundel… and that's just to make it short. Nothing makes me happier than writing. Except cats, browsing bookstores and finding unexplored paths in mountains or elsewhere.

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