charlie huston writes

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charlie huston writes. mostly novels and TV and sometimes comic books and recently a scripted podcast.  12 of his novels have been published and a new one called CATCHPENNY is on the way. he's currently writing a TV pilot called ARCADIA. his daughter calls it HOT CRIMINAL ISLAND. which is super on the nose. his books are mostly about people who find themselves in too deep with stolen money or drugs or vampires or spies or the unknowable dangers of the future. he likes that kind of stuff. his TV work is similar. he's developed shows about cleaning up after dead bodies and penal colonies in space and more vampires and dirty cops for HBO, FX, HBO Max, Sony, and FOX.  his original scripted podcast about haunted cassette tapes is being developed for Audible.

the rumors about him? something about him running medical supplies to separatists and how he hid the stuff under bottles of slivovitz wrapped in straw so the border guards would take the plum brandy and never looked deeper? that and the other rumor about a ritual gone wrong. something like he tried to bind an efrieeti to the motor of a 69 Cougar to make a supernatural super charger, but then he mispronounced the third to last syllable of the incantation and got turned into a yellow house finch, and he'll stay that way until he achieves true self knowledge and opens his third eye? both of those rumors may seem like plausible stories to people who know charlie, but they are largely false. another rumor says he just wandered off with a notebook and a ballpoint pen and an old paperback with a creased spine. he had a sandwich and some potato chips and a can of 7-Up. said he'd be home later. that one has a lot of truth in it.
"you can find things if you look for them," someone said he said. "you can find things. look for them," someone said he said. someone. said he said. "find things, someone." he said, "someone find things."

Hi, I'm Charlie Huston. I do sometimes refer to myself in the third person, but only when I feel alienated from myself. It's not you, it's me.
Okay then.
A Book He Started Writing Once: Part 5

“What the hell is the man doing out there? Etta, come see this. Do you see what I’m looking at? Etta?”

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A Book He Started Writing Once: Part 4

Tote Sharpe would be damn fucked if he would allow another Lane to rule over this great land. No one could tell him that the reign of Malvern had been anything but a bit of Lane puppetry.

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A Book He Started Writing Once: Part 3

The Queen could hear his voice, so close and low in her ear, over and over saying the same thing, "Silly woman, you must stop now being so silly." But she couldn’t stop.

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A Book He Started Writing Once: Part 2

The Queen was screaming again. Well, perhaps more accurate to say that the Queen was screaming still.

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A Book He Started Writing Once: part I

Theo was drunk in a whorehouse when he got word that his father was dead.

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A Short Film He Made Once

Pillory agents were everywhere. Yancy could smell them. The waxy, newly minted reek of them was thick, turning her stomach. She seen the insides of one of them once. Back when she'd run the cracked cement of the river with Lack Luster and Envy Phenis.

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Crossing

He had an idea for a story once. About an iron building that trapped a wizard inside. Wizards were really a thing for him. This was a particularly nasty wizard.

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Every Word Was Himself

There was the time he spent not sure if he'd ever get his mind back. Something was in residence is what it felt like to him. His thoughts constantly angling where he didn't want them to go.

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Gladiators

He once joined a gym that required a notary seal on the membership application. Membership wasn’t for the gym itself, but for the body building club that gave you access to the gym.

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Wired

What he thought when he was a kid was that he wasn’t wired like other people. He imagined it that way, wiring, electronics, titanium, circuit boards, diodes. He was full of that stuff, he thought. He imagined. Kid. Weird kid.

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