Posts tagged ‘The Starved Lover Sings’
January 8, 2019
We are happy and proud – overjoyed, really! – to share with you a few lines from a letter that the great American post-modernist writer Richard Kalich wrote to us and the Irish writer Colin O’Sullivan after having read his work for the first time (Colin’s novel, The Starved Lover Sings).
Such an endorsement, coming from an erudite, an intellectual and a passionate advocate of literary fiction and the Written Word, is invaluable.
“I have much to say and think the best way to get out what I feel and think about Colin’s novel is in staccato bursts.
My first and ongoing impression is that you, Colin, have written a book that would have inspired me to become a Writer if I needed such inspiration when young. Writers like Thomas Mann did their damage to me all those years back in much the same way. There’s an inner beauty to your narrative and characters, a most human beauty that is the undercurrent of all you write, create, and no matter how dark or perverse the narrative probes… […]
Second: No matter how varied and complexly differentiated your characters are, it seemed again to me they all emanated from that same most Human Source: Yourself. I’ve read too much and too many not to know the difference between a True Writer and a stereotypical “conceit”. […]
Colin O’Sullivan, I’m happy to say, has the heart of an Irish Poet and the intellect and wisdom of a Jewish Sage.
[…] I’ve always believed the job of the Writer is to take inside him the pain of the world and then through his craft, gift, talent and soul, to articulate it. Words, paint, clay or body movement…it’s all the same. Well, your book does that as much and as well as any book I’ve read in recent years. A Poet of Darkness… They don’t make ‘em like you anymore. And I mean it, and not in a corny way when I say… Thank You for being ‘YOU’. And Thank You, [Betimes Books], for publishing Colin and his book.
P.S. The last pages are not only well thought-out, but an epiphany of Poetics.
Richard Kalich is the author of The Nihilesthete, Charlie P, and Penthouse-F, re-issued by Betimes Books as Central Park West Trilogy. His new novel, The Assisted Living Facility Library, will be published later this year.
September 12, 2018
Colin O’Sullivan, author of Killarney Blues (Winner of the Prix Mystère de la Critique 2018 in France), The Starved Lover Sings and The Dark Manual, features prominently in the latest issue of Books Ireland Magazine.
Nostalgic or futuristic, even visionary, his novels focus on characters “grappling with loss, the past and their lack of purpose”, in a turbulent political environment. But O’Sullivan firmly believes that “we have enough inside us to withstand, to cope, and eventually to surpass. We are still here, after all, or I should say, despite all.”
Meet a writer who “has an understanding of the power of words, their placing, their specific meaning” and “reflects the current malaise and modern preoccupations”*, “sends language out on a gleeful spree, exuberant, defiant”**, and who is “one of the finest storytellers out there, a lyrical master of the written word”***.
* From a Book Noir review by Paul Burke
** Endorsement by writer Niall Griffiths
*** From a review by Marvin Minkler, Modern First Editions
A few days before the release of Colin’s third novel, THE DARK MANUAL, a Trinity College Dublin graduate Polly Young interviews her fellow Trinity College alumnus for Your Secret Library Magazine:
Colin O’Sullivan is a poet and a novelist, author of Killarney Blues (2013), The Starved Lover Sings (2017), and The Dark Manual (May 2018), published by Betimes Books. His first novel, Killarney Blues, has won the prestigious “Prix Mystère de la critique” in France.
December 14, 2017
Forget Nancy Drew: Peter O’Donnell’s Modesty Blaise was my Christmas-gift light-bulb moment of finding a thriller series with a strong female lead, and inspiring my own heroine-driven novels for Betimes Books.
This is a big shout-out to my relatives back in Kerry who spoil me and my family in Japan at every Christmas and on birthdays. One of my favourites was a lovely edition of Possessed of a Past: A John Banville Reader, which my benevolent cousin, Martina, also got signed by the great writer. I’ve been a Banville admirer since first reading The Book of Evidence in 1989, and this anthology is a wonderful volume to occasionally dip into and savour the superb stylings of an Irish prose master.
Sam Hawken, author of La Frontera
Easily the best book gift I ever received was for Christmas in the mid-‘90s, when my girlfriend at the time gave me a copy of a first edition Ace paperback (1970) of Swords and Deviltry, signed by the late Fritz Leiber himself. What a treasure!
Richard Kalich, author of Central Park West Trilogy
The first US edition of Albert Camus’ The Fall (published by Alfred A. Knopf in 1957) given to me on no particular occasion by my twin brother. He bought it with his gambling winnings…