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It's an entertainment genre barely recognised, but once you look around you'll see it everywhere; stories of an object that, once owned, brings bad luck and often death in its wake. The things of desire make for great morality tales. Stephen King has produced his fair share of cursed objects, especially in 'Needful Things', which delivers a twisted version of caveat emptor as townsfolk get their…
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Christopher Fowler
At a time when Stephen King was jump-starting a phenomenal publishing wave of horror novels, Michael McDowell was one of the few writers who deserved the same attention. While he never had King's way with a killer hook, he was the better stylist. 'I am a commercial writer and I'm proud of that,' said the Alabama-born author, 'I think it is a mistake to try to write for the ages.' His gothic deep…
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