John Manchester's Blog – March 2019 Archive (4)

Michael Pollan's Book on Psychedelics's is Exciting...

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But I see a hidden danger in it.

When I first heard of Michael Pollan’s bestselling book How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches…


Added by John Manchester on March 26, 2019 at 11:24am — 8 Comments

Marketing Your Art is a Special Hell


But only if you think it is.

Like many of my stories, this one has a front end (the present) and a back (the past.) I’ll start with the past.


I was living in a fifth floor walkup in the scary northern tip of Manhattan, trying to get someone—anyone!— to pay me to write music. For over a year I schlepped the long way downtown on the A Train to meet potential buyers, my demo tape clutched in sweaty palms and my gut in the…


Added by John Manchester on March 19, 2019 at 10:14am — 2 Comments

Grand Opening of the Murderous Arts Gallery!

Featuring Pieces that inspired Never Speak, book one in the Murderous Arts Series.



The protagonist of Never Speak is Ray Watts, a visual artist who lives above his gallery in Hudson, NY. Ray has gothic taste. His patron saint is Edgar Allen Poe, with whom he shares a weakness for absinthe. He of course lives in a Victorian house.

One like this one in Hudson, only narrow, sandwiched between other…


Added by John Manchester on March 12, 2019 at 5:53pm — 2 Comments

The One Indispensable Word of Advice for Writers


Four years ago, I’d completed two novels in a mystery/thriller series. There was a lot of media buzz about self-publishing, and I was on the fence as to whether to go that way or hold out for a traditional deal. Over the months that I hemmed and hawed over my dilemma, I sensed that the golden moment for self-publishing might have already passed. Everyone and his aunt seemed to be slapping a book up on…


Added by John Manchester on March 5, 2019 at 10:31am — 19 Comments


Canned Heat, Canned Laughter

Posted by J.P. Hart on June 26, 2019 at 2:52pm 2 Comments

4th of July 1963 3 of 3

Posted by J.P. Hart on June 26, 2019 at 10:01am 3 Comments

Remembering Julie Johnson

Posted by Julie Johnson on June 25, 2019 at 10:30pm 6 Comments

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