Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Met the legendary James Ellroy last night!

Found out the legendary James Ellroy was signing books last night at Vroman's Bookstore in Pasadena. I dropped what I was doing and rushed out there to meet him, get his new novel THIS STORM, and have him sign a half dozen other books I have on my bookshelf. THE BLACK DAHLIA was one of the most influential and eye-opening books of my early twenties—I’d never read crime noir before (never read crime before at all, except for a couple bland Mario Puzo books), and I still remember picking Ellroy’s book off a shelf for fifty cents from a thrift store in Covina, because I didn’t have any money, wanted to read, and the other books for sale there were all romance or Western. After that I was hooked, and so came THE COLD SIX THOUSAND, L.A. CONFIDENTIAL, THE BIG NOWHERE, etc. 

I told Ellroy this, and showed him my author website on my phone that lists him as an inspiration. His response was a shoulder shrug and “eh.” Haha, I’m quite certain he hears devotionals like that all the time! 

Anyway, great to have met him, and I placed a couple of my own titles on consignment at Vroman's while I was there, so it was a double win. Local and looking to pick up paperback copies of A WORLD OF HORROR or my collection, THAT WHICH GROWS WILD? Vroman's is your place!

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