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Men in Love and War

 

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Added by Victoria Dougherty on May 30, 2018 at 12:13pm — No Comments

Men in Love and War

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Added by Victoria Dougherty on May 30, 2018 at 12:11pm — No Comments

Reading, Writing and Arithmetic (scratch the last part)



I’m not by nature a prolific reader. A prolific imaginer, yes, but reader? Hmm. I’m slow, I’m picky, and I tend to want to turn everything into my own tale.

I can’t remember a time when I haven’t preferred the sanctuary of my own private, sometimes weird library of mind-stories to the extensive…

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Added by Victoria Dougherty on July 22, 2015 at 7:00am — No Comments

Life in a Haunted House

We never get any trick-or-treaters. I can tell myself that it’s because we’re the only house on a dead-end street and surely, being off the beaten path is part of the problem. But if I’m to be completely honest, it’s because I know that little kids are afraid of our home.

Yes, we live in THAT…

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Added by Victoria Dougherty on October 23, 2014 at 9:41am — No Comments

My Life in a 9 by 9 Foot Cell

Recently, I was asked to write about where I write and why. That got me thinking…so here are my thoughts.

My home office is, I suppose, a bundle of contradictions.

First of all, it is small.

It’s only half the size of my husband’s home office. I’m kind of like the wife who drives a…

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Added by Victoria Dougherty on August 14, 2014 at 3:16am — 6 Comments

A Wife's Ode to the Cocktail Hour

My husband and I had a lot of fun before we had kids. I mean A LOT. We traveled, we spent money like crack whores, we had nooners for heaven’s sake.

And we also loved going out for cocktails. We probably met at some swanky bar, or curious hell hole, or trendy hipster joint five days a week after…

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Added by Victoria Dougherty on May 22, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

The Bone Church (Cometh): A Chapter Excerpt



My Cold War thriller, The Bone Church, debuts on April 15th and I’m nervous, excited and more than a little bit relieved. Honestly, it feels like my daughter’s wedding or something.

Here’s an idea of what it’s about:

In the surreal and paranoid underworld of wartime Prague, fugitive…

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Added by Victoria Dougherty on April 15, 2014 at 3:53am — 2 Comments

How NOT to Write a Bestselling Thriller (With John Dolan)

Today, I welcome one of my favorite thriller writers both on and off the page – John Dolan.

John Dolan is fun. He’s dry, he’s politically incorrect – two traits that do it for me the way a pair of big breasts and a small…

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Added by Victoria Dougherty on February 4, 2014 at 7:47am — 2 Comments

The By No Means Finished Ultimate (Cold) Reading List of Fiction For Men

First, I want to thank all of you who have already said your piece, continue to weigh in, or will contribute your ideas for what you think half of our world’s population should be reading fiction-wise. This will be an on-going discussion, so please don’t think you’ve missed the boat.

Truth is, I am on a…

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Added by Victoria Dougherty on December 29, 2013 at 6:23am — 10 Comments

Ten Reasons Men Must Start Reading Fiction Again

According to recent statistics, men have all but stopped reading fiction. Do they watch great television? Yes. Do they read non-fiction? Some. But the novel – that great interior journey – seems to have been lost to them.

It wasn’t always this way.

The path from boyhood to manhood used to…

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Added by Victoria Dougherty on November 28, 2013 at 7:57am — 13 Comments

Happy Hour

A few weeks ago, I was asked to participate in the Iron Writer Challenge in which 4 writers are asked to write a fictional short story in 4 days time and are given 4 elements to work with and a 500 word limit.  Readers then get to vote on which story they liked the best.

I’ll be honest with you, I don’t even…

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Added by Victoria Dougherty on November 12, 2013 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

Dracula: The Gothic Pimp

Despite my almost unnatural love for the thriller – especially the spy thriller – my favorite novel of all time is actually Bram Stoker’s Dracula.  It is, in my humble opinion, the most highly original and genuinely terrifying story I have ever read.  Bram Stoker has brought into the public consciousness a…

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Added by Victoria Dougherty on November 5, 2013 at 12:43am — No Comments

Dead Cold

First and foremost, I want to thank all of my new followers.  Your kind words after reading my Freshly Pressed essay, “That Cursed Ruby Box,” meant a lot.  In return, I promise to try my very best to provide consistently great content that inspires you to laugh, cry, run screaming, hide under your bed, take a shot of…

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Added by Victoria Dougherty on March 28, 2013 at 7:53am — No Comments

That Cursed Ruby Box

In the family I grew up in, love was often misplaced, nearly always badly botched, but nevertheless there – taking us from day to day.  As a unit, we had every kind of bad luck you can imagine – Nazis, Communists, deaths big and small, petty humiliations and feature film-worthy fiascos.  It’s luck so bad my mom…

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Added by Victoria Dougherty on March 14, 2013 at 6:36am — 2 Comments

Love, Romanian Style

Hi, Crimesters,

I posted this for the Bloody Valentine blog hop and thought it might suit us here as well:

Nicolai and Elena Ceaușescu – two of the wackiest Communist dictators of the Cold War era (and I don’t use the term “wacky” lightly) – were executed on Christmas day, 1989.  And to…

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Added by Victoria Dougherty on February 16, 2013 at 6:37am — 8 Comments

Hard-Boiled Thrillers, Noir, and the Belly Laugh

Recently, I started a discussion here on Crimespace. I posed this question: Is there a place for humor in a hard-boiled thriller/noir? The answers I got were mixed, but there was a hesitancy that trended towards “No.” One Crimespacer quoted Otto Penzler – “Noir requires a sense of bleakness and despair, and characters…

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Added by Victoria Dougherty on January 31, 2013 at 8:48pm — 15 Comments

The Trouble with Apartment A

In Prague, I lived in a building a lot like the one(s) in this photo from The Third Man.  Not enough light; the faucets barely worked; there was a weird film poster of “Nanuk of the North” left behind by the previous tenant.  And I mean weird.  Like a cockamamie merger of Eskimo soft-porn and man and dog buddy…

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Added by Victoria Dougherty on January 24, 2013 at 8:31am — No Comments

Fog and Pollution

If you’re here and reading this, you probably have a thing for noir.  I know I do.  I love its style – the tipped fedoras, the fitted clothes. I love that a cigarette is more than a prop – it’s treated like a piece of jewelry.

But in the few short years after the end of the WWII, when cool was being…

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Added by Victoria Dougherty on January 9, 2013 at 1:25am — 2 Comments

Born Noir

When I was a kid, ABC After School Specials were where middle class youth with troubled families could find themselves.  On most Wednesdays at 3:30 pm,…

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Added by Victoria Dougherty on December 5, 2012 at 4:26am — No Comments

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