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RONB : Hi shell! Gruesome : :) JMcilveen : He's quite friendly, with a good sense of humor DarkEcho : he's super, JMc Blackwood : ****** Drumroll ******* DarkEcho : da DAAA Blackwood : Ladies and Gentledarklings DarkEcho : Welcome to the Dark Fiction/Horror Workshop Blackwood : HI AND WELCOME F. PAUL WILSON !!!!!!!! DarkEcho : Hi Paul:) Zipnicked : Clap! Clap! Clap! LBleser : Welcome FPaul. ShellCP : clap clap clap calp ShellCP : oops-clap DarkEcho : Darklings greet our guest:) Blackwood : !!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!! DarkEcho : Marc, glad yer here... Gruesome : Hi Paul...welcome Blackwood : ***WELCOME TO THE DARK FICTION WRITERS WORKSHOP ** MarEllG : Welcome Paul BlakkSoul : Hello! JMcilveen : Hello Mr. Wilson! MBuhmann : I wouldn't miss it! :-) Vampyre881 : welcome FPAUL46 : Hello all. Please have patience with a chat room virgin. MBuhmann : Hi Dr. Wilson Blackwood : ***WELCOME TO THE DARK FICTION WRITERS WORKSHOP ** DarkEcho : We will be doing protocol tonight... DarkEcho : type a ? for a question a ! for a comment. FPAUL46 : Only my patients call me "Dr." It's Paul. DarkEcho : I'll keep track and call on you. Remeber to indicate the end of a question with a /GA DarkEcho : We maybe SHOULd be patients Paul John Bradt : can we sacrifice him since he's a vir?gin Blackwood : ***WELCOME TO THE DARK FICTION WRITERS WORKSHOP ** JMcilveen : Paul NECON Wilson DarkEcho : No John ShellCP : No one told me we were having a sacrifice tonight! DarkEcho : sheesh always with the plugs JMcilveen : Sorry DarkEcho : put the ritual tools of death away pleas DarkEcho : let's get going DarkEcho : *protoco;* DarkEcho : Paul want to introduce yourself? DarkEcho : Or do you need no introduction? DarkEcho : WE all know who you are... FPAUL46 : Okay. Not much to add to what you said in the newsletter. That pretty much said it all. DarkEcho : I usually do, thanks:) DarkEcho : Okay, I have only ONE qustion... DarkEcho : what does th F stand for? GA DarkEcho : SOrry I HAD to ask! FPAUL46 : The F. Stands for Francis. DarkEcho : We see. FPAUL46 : There was already a FRank in the house so I became Paul JMcilveen : ? Vampyre881 : ? NightRiter : ? John Bradt : ? JBAXSC : ? MarEllG : ? DarkEcho : Okay -- Marc--You get first question:) MBuhmann : Thank you Dark. Let me first say thanks for coming here! :-) Okay... the question. Can you DarkEcho : (MBuhmann first wrote to Paul Inviting him) MBuhmann : tell us a little about "The Implant"? Why was it released in Britian first? BlakkSoul : ? FPAUL46 : It's complicated. Has to do with the Common Market and the UK's inability to keep US ... FPAUL46 : editions out. So they rush novels from Americans into print. DarkEcho : (line up on questions. . .JMc, Vamp, NightR, John B...) Blackwood : ***WELCOME TO THE DARK FICTION WRITERS WORKSHOP ** DarkEcho : (we will get to you) FPAUL46 : IMPLANT was part of a 2-book deal with Headline FPAUL46 : I was only a year late delivering. FPAUL46 : By the way...it's under my "Colin Andrews" psuedo. DarkEcho : thanks. . .JMc JMcilveen : Is VIRGIN your wife's novel or a collaboration by both of you? FPAUL46 : VIRGIN is a collab -- but issued under Mary Elizabeth Murphy... FPAUL46 : It;s a "religious thriller" and I didn't want to mess up my regular readers' heads. (end) DarkEcho : Vamp? Vampyre881 : What's your typical workday like? Also, do you plot out characters/plots or just dive in? /ga DarkEcho : Well first hewakes up. . . FPAUL46 : I start at the keyboard at 7:30 a.m. -- right after morning coffee... DarkEcho : smile :) Vampyre881 : (before bed for me) FPAUL46 : and keep going until lunch. Somethines I work out... keep going till dinner... FPAUL46 : sometimes after dinner...and YES I OUTLINE!!!! FPAUL46 : Can't afford getting stuck 200 pages into a book and not knowing how to end it (end) DarkEcho : Night? NightRiter : I first want to say what a thrill it is to have you here...you're great!! Now, I've read... NightRiter : ..most of the Adversary Cycle and was wondering how The Tomb and The Touch figure... FPAUL46 : You've read them ALL of course DarkEcho : (of course) NightRiter : into the Cycle...I haven't read NightWorld or The Touch... DarkEcho : (and the rest of us are buying them tomorrow) NightRiter : Sorry...but I have them and plan on it!! NightRiter : Just finished Reprisal...great book!!! FPAUL46 : Again, it's complicated. BUT I didn't start out with the plan of linking them... Blackwood : *** WELCOME TO HORROR WRITERS WORKSHOP ***** NightRiter : Sort of loosely linked then? FPAUL46 : THE KEEP, THE TOMB, THE TOUCH we all considered stand-alones at writing time... FPAUL46 : BUT when I plotted out REBORN, I saw that the EVIL I needed to fuel the plot... FPAUL46 : already existed in THE KEEP...and somehow, they all fit together... FPAUL46 : Maybe I'd been working on a link-up subconsciously all along... FPAUL46 : But it was a thrill when I saw that they all meshed. A very cool feeling to wow yourself. FPAUL46 : NExt? DarkEcho : Perhaps a higher, or lower power, Paul influenced you. . .John your turn GA John Bradt : New writers spend a lot of time writing short stories for magazines and anthologies . . . John Bradt : before they try and sell novels, John Bradt : What do you feel is the most productive approach . . .John Bradt : & BTW one of my favorite stories is "Lipidleggin. GA FPAUL46 : I started writying shorts in the late 60s -- after many rejections, started selling... DarkEcho : (rejections. . .see darklings?) FPAUL46 : to John W. Campbell. Expanded one of those stories into my first novel, HEALER. FPAUL46 : I think that's a good way for someone not comfortable with his/her ability to sustain... FPAUL46 : a narrative, which is no easy task. (end) DarkEcho : James? FPAUL46 : Matters what you're comfortable with...where your strengths lie... FPAUL46 : If you're a Poppy Z., the short form was obviously the best way to build a rep... FPAUL46 : But if your strength is with a larger story arc and extended scenes, go for the novel. (end) JBAXSC : How often do you stray from your original outline. GA FPAUL46 : Fairly often. A scene which works well in an outline paragraph may not work at all when... FPAUL46 : fleshed out. Plus, there's the house-of cards effect: You change one element at the.. FPAUL46 : beginning of a story -- a little ripple, shall we say -- it can become a Tsunami by.. JBAXSC : follow up ? DarkEcho : Go on FPAUL46 : story's end. OR -- you can come up with things you like better. The ... DelJ : ? FPAUL46 : best thing it to use the outline as a road map, but don't be afraid to take interesting .. FPAUL46 : side trips (end) Vampyre881 : ? DarkEcho : follow up, JBax? JBAXSC : nah. he answered it. DarkEcho : Mary Ellen MarEllG : I just read that you should go ahead and do multiple submissions, even if publishers say no, MarEllG : because your job as a writer is to sell your work. Your opinion? FPAUL46 : I shouldn't answer that. My agent makes those decisions. But I see nothing... FPAUL46 : wrong with making multiple submissions. (end) DarkEcho : Shell you had a question anda comment... ShellCP : I just started The Keep - am halfway through it. Can't put it down. I love new twists w/... ShellCP : vampires...excellent..I'm sure the end is just as good. ShellCP : Do you do tons of research? FPAUL46 : Thanks. There are LOTs of twists in the KEEP.. ShellCP : Yes, I've noticed. FPAUL46 : Yes. I have to believe I know..< FPAUL46 : all about a subject/time/area before I write about it.. Delta Wire : ? FPAUL46 : It's a matter of confidence. BLACK WIND took the most research. (end) DarkEcho : Blakk-- BlakkSoul : First of all, I must tell you that THE KEEP was one of the first horror novels I ever read. FPAUL46 : I'm sooooo old BlakkSoul : I was at an impressionable age, and wanting to express myself. I want to thank you BlakkSoul : for keeping me out of my mother's Harlequin romances. FPAUL46 : A creaky "You're very welcome." DarkEcho : (he is tooooo young, Paul) DarkEcho : Was there a question ther Junior? BlakkSoul : In the keep, you build an antagonist who is open but at the same time mysterious. DarkEcho : These kids... Blackwood : ***WELCOME TO THE DARK FICTION WRITERS WORKSHOP** BlakkSoul : Do you find that not expalining an antagonist makes for a better story? FPAUL46 : I've alway felt letting the reader fill in the blanks is better than showing him everything. FPAUL46 : My favorite example is the blood running under the door in THE LEOPARD MAN (end) BlakkSoul : Thank you. DarkEcho : Marc-- MBuhmann : When did you decide to enter the world of multimedia games? Did you approach Time Warner MBuhmann : or did they approach you with the "Mirage" project? Also... will the novel to it be put in MBuhmann : book stores or will it be sold with the game? FPAUL46 : I teamed up with MAtt Costello for our Sci-Fi Channel gig in 1992... FPAUL46 : In the interval, he wrote something called THE 7TH GUEST which sold ... DarkEcho : Sold a FEW copies. . . FPAUL46 : a million plus copies on CD-ROM. Suddenly, everybody in multimedia wanted to... FPAUL46 : talk to MAtt. We work VERY well together -- do the work of 3 or 4 -- and he wanted us to FPAUL46 : form a multimedia partnership. MIRAGE was our first project... FPAUL46 : Actaully it's teamed with another called MIME. And yes, the novel and CD-ROM will be... MBuhmann : Follow up, Dark? FPAUL46 : published toigether, marketed together, but sold as separate units. (end) DarkEcho : please quick follow Blackwood : ***WELCOME TO THE HORROR WRITERS WORKSHOP**** MBuhmann : Quickly... So you're planning more projects for games, or not yet? FPAUL46 : Oh, yes. Many more in the pipeline. (end). FPAUL46 : Which writers? Got an hour? Let me see... DarkEcho : in chronological order by birthdate please, paul... FPAUL46 : Lovecraft, of course. Not for his style, but his vision of Cosmic Horoor... FPAUL46 : (Love Dat Kozmik horr)... FPAUL46 : And such diverse folks as Ludlum, Dickens, Niven, Poul Anderson, CM Kornbluth, FPAUL46 : (pant-pant) enough? DarkEcho : OH i guess DarkEcho : JMC GA JMcilveen : Why do you use the Colin Andrews pseudo in UK, and keep your name in America? DarkEcho : 'Cause Colin is SUCH a Brit name... FPAUL46 : I sold THE SELECT all over the world (incl. US) under the Andrews pseudonym... FPAUL46 : because it was a departure from my horror... FPAUL46 : and I was so damn sick of being down on the bottom shelf... DarkEcho : LOL FPAUL46 : where nobody with a back problem ever sees your books... JMcilveen : until they fall FPAUL46 : THe Brits liked the name so much (obvious reasons) they kept it. But get this: FPAUL46 : They publish me as "F. Paul Wilson writing as COLIN ANDREWS. (Go figure). DarkEcho : Who can figure publishers... DarkEcho : either side of Atlantic. JMcilveen : at least they didn't spell it Colon, being a doctor and all. FPAUL46 : HA! DarkEcho : heheehehe DarkEcho : Interjecting here . . .how do peers in medical community take your literary work? DarkEcho : or injecting.... Blackwood : *** VELCOME TO THE HORROR WRITERS VERKSHOP **** FPAUL46 : They're very envious. There's not a Dr. out there today who would quit in a minute... FPAUL46 : if he thought he could make a living writing.... Gruesome : ! FPAUL46 : Plus there's a lot of writers who'd love to be Drs. (go figure) DarkEcho : that may be a good future topic, paul: DarkEcho : Del, go ahead... DelJ : Were you happy/satisfied with the film adaptation of "The Keep"? FPAUL46 : AAAAAAAAAAARRRRRGGGGHHHHH!!!!!!!! DelJ : ooops MBuhmann : Take that as a big, "NO" DarkEcho : oh Del...tsk tsk... JMcilveen : Good going Del Blackwood : heheheheh DarkEcho : I think our guest has fainted... John Bradt : Lock the door! DelJ : Thanks... DarkEcho : is there a doctor in the house? FPAUL46 : No...just getting off the floor. John Bradt : :) Gruesome : <---Nurse DarkEcho : Vamp--quick--GA LBleser : He said he was a virgin, Del. Did you have to be so rough? Vampyre881 : How did the idea for THE KEEP come about? BlakkSoul : Sorry all of my medical equipment is for inflicting pain. FPAUL46 : It came from two things: JMcilveen : ??? DarkEcho : calm down you darklings. . . FPAUL46 : Quinn Yarbro's HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA which I thought was well done but FPAUL46 : I couldn't get past the idea of a benevolent vampire... FPAUL46 : The second thing was the idea of wondering how ... FPAUL46 : the idea of a vampoire fearing a cross might strike someone who's Jewish. DarkEcho : (oy vey iz mir) FPAUL46 : The two ideas collided, and so I had to thinkup FPAUL46 : something that might =resemble= a cross that the evil being would fear. Vampyre881 : Thanks -- BTW, I'll start tripping people in the horror aisles now... ;^)= /ga FPAUL46 : The result was a midnight rush from bed to find a pen and a pad. (end) DarkEcho : Gruesome you had a comment? Gruesome : pass JMcilveen : the popcorn DarkEcho : Delta? Delta Wire : What do you feel is the most important element to develop in your books? How do you go about ...... Delta Wire : creating it? GA DarkEcho : (watch those midnight rushes...) FPAUL46 : I insist on two things before I'll commit to writing a book: LJ Bothell : hello FPAUL46 : plot and character. If I've got a plot but no one I care about in it, DarkEcho : (-->Line for ?Shell, Marc, JMc--last question) FPAUL46 : what's the use? And we've all read great character sketches masquerading as novels. FPAUL46 : You need both. (end) DarkEcho : Sheel? ShellCP : Did you have an agent before your first manuscript was accepted? GA DarkEcho : or Shell FPAUL46 : I sold my first novel on my own. And this illustrates the benefit of short story sales: FPAUL46 : I sent HEALER to Sharon JARvis at DD as a partial based on an ANALOG story. FPAUL46 : This gave me credibility, even though she'd never heard of me. After all, FPAUL46 : John Campbell had bought the original story. I made some mistakes with the contract... FPAUL46 : and later wished I'd had an agent. If you sell a book, have an agent settle the contract. ShellCP : zanks FPAUL46 : It'll be worth it in the long run, (end) DarkEcho : MARC? MBuhmann : Since the release of "Soft and Others", you have released many new short stories and ....... MBuhmann : novelletes. I'm wondering if you're planning a second collection of short stories? /ga FPAUL46 : Yes I am. I'm gathering them now. I'm planning ... DarkEcho : (McIlveen you will be the LAST questioner) FPAUL46 : on calling it PELTS & OTHERES or FPAUL46 : THE BARRENS H& OTHERS> Also planning FPAUL46 : a separate Repairman Jack colection. FPAUL46 : Just need one more story. (end) DarkEcho : McIlveen? MBuhmann : That'd be cool JMcilveen : Many of your novels have religious tones (THE TERY, THE KEEP, REBORN) are you religious... JMcilveen : or rebellious? DarkEcho : Does he cuss when he plays softball? FPAUL46 : I'm a devout agnostic. I had a Jesuit.. JMcilveen : cool FPAUL46 : education. They tought me to question. Consequently FPAUL46 : I no longer go to church. But religion fascinates me. Thus, the upcoming VIRGIN. (end) DarkEcho : Darklings. . .I'd like to thank Paul Wilson for joining us. . .you may do likewise:) NightRiter : I think organized religion is out-dated anyway DarkEcho : Paul -- anything you would like to add? Gruesome : Thank You DelJ : THANKS Blackwood : *********** Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! CoBost : Thanks Paul!!!!!!!!!!!! LBleser : Thank you Paul. MBuhmann : Thanks, Paul! It was great chatting with you! :-) JMcilveen : Thanks, See you at NECON! ShellCP : thank you thank you thank you thank you NightRiter : Thanks, Paul DarkEcho : We DO like to let our guests say what they want! Vampyre881 : THANK YOU PAUL FPAUL46 : YEs. This was fun, but weirdly grueling. I'm SWEATING! Aenz : Thanks, Paul!!!! DarkEcho : I TOLD you it was tiring, Paul. . . MBuhmann : It was "The Keep" question... wasn't it? :-) StrigoiVii : Thanks Paul! BlakkSoul : Thanks Paul. FPAUL46 : YEs. NECON. Everyone come to NECON DarkEcho : Worse than writing:) DarkEcho : <--going to NeCon. LBleser : Now that you're "experienced," please come back. NightRiter : I'm going to go to the bookstore and DEMAND they put your books on top!! JMcilveen : It's the best! Delta Wire : Thank you Paul Liven : I'll be there. Delta Wire : Is Necon in RI? Liven : yes DarkEcho : Yup, Marie JMcilveen : Yes, Roger Williams College DarkEcho : IT IS AFTER 11:30 Delta Wire : Are you in New England, Paul? CoBost : Paul, You were the best guest we've had in awhile. FPAUL46 : NEW JOISEY MBuhmann : I vouch with you on that one, CoBost! JMcilveen : When will we se IMPLANT in US FPAUL46 : Put all my books infront of Kings. He said it was all right. StrigoiVii : <--- became reborn horror fan in 1982 after reading The Keep DelJ : Did you mourn the Knicks loss today like I did? Vampyre881 : groovy! FPAUL46 : IMPLANT in OCT. Blackwood : --------- What a great bunch of Darklings! ----- NightRiter : Cool! Vampyre881 : Can I drink now? DarkEcho : <--puts Del's book in front of Koontz... FPAUL46 : AARRGGHH! The Knicks. Whatta shame JMcilveen : I'm getting a proof, Are you Paul. NightRiter : Go Magic!!!!! DarkEcho : Not of our guest, Vamp Vampyre881 : Rats! DelJ : I's still stunned! FPAUL46 : I hope so. MBuhmann : Are you still a practicing physician, Paul? DarkEcho : Paul you may stay and chat with this bunch of adoring darklings... Gruesome : Paul, what is your medical specialty? Are you practicing, still? DelJ : Figures a Vampyre would di those "redwings" FPAUL46 : Gotta go, Folks. It's been fun, but I've got to be in NYC early for an FTL shoot. Bye. DelJ : dig DarkEcho : Thanks again.... MBuhmann : Bye, Paul! CoBost : Bye, Thanks again MBuhmann : Thanks again JMcilveen : BUY ShellCP : bye and thanks Vampyre881 : Yes, it is sort of symbolic, isn't it?... BlakkSoul : Bye! StrigoiVii : Bye Paul! Gruesome : Wahhhh on the Red Wings. Rangers all the way!! Blackwood : ----laters Paul!!!!!! and thanks ---- JMcilveen : BUY WILSON DelJ : Uncanny even? LBleser : Thanks Paul. RONB : Bye! Vampyre881 : Heh, heh, heh DelJ : Devil you around? Devilgal2 : yup. ShellCP : <----going to tomorrow's Rockies game at Coors Field. MBuhmann : Man... what a great guy he is Blackwood : Colorado Rockies? Vampyre881 : yeah, that was great ShellCP : You bet! Blackwood : Yup good guest huh MBuhmann! DelJ : Sacrificed any small children lately? NightRiter : Hiya Del!! Blackwood : heheheheeh RONB : So who's going to the HWA banquet next month? DarkEcho : me ShellCP : I thought about getting rid of mine...scared of prison. MBuhmann : So... how much do these long conferences cost? CoBost : not lately, Del SHughes512 : You can have mine if you can catch them RONB : It looks like it's just us DE! JMcilveen : Not me, unfortunately ShellCP : I know that feeling. DarkEcho : NeCon is CHEAP DarkEcho : Tell em McIlveen DelJ : Went to Type O Negative last night. They rule and are very cool people offstage JMcilveen : $180 per person Approx. ShellCP : why? (dare I ask) StrigoiVii : Where will NECON be held? Blackwood : Type O Neg....del they are great! Vampyre881 : goodnight DelJ : Yes they are! ShellCP : bye vamp JMcilveen : Roger Williams College, Warwick RI Blackwood : Wonderfully unconcerned with what people think, huh? StrigoiVii : Thanks JM. DarkEcho : thr $180 covers room too
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