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charlie huston writes novels, movies and TV, sometimes comic books and recently a scripted original podcast.  12 of his novels have been published and a new one called CATCHPENNY will be out on April 9. he's currently writing a screenplay adaptation of his first book, CAUGHT STEALING, for an upcoming movie directed by Darren Aronofsy and starring Austin Butler. he's recently completed a spec TV pilot called ARCADIA for Tomorrow Studios. his daughter calls it HOT CRIMINAL ISLAND, which is super on the nose. his original scripted podcast about haunted cassette tapes is being developed with Atomic Monster for Audible.

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.

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.
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I Did A Video Interview WIth Robert Swartwood

Me talking with Robert Swartwood about my books and stuff.

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I Had a Long Chat With My Old Pal Rick Kleffel

I talk to Rick Kleffel about CATCHPENNY and you can listen to it.

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Of Lions and Hounds and Cobras, Kate and Sinéad, My Daughter and Me

In the spring of 2022 I was sitting on the couch with my daughter Clementine when Stranger Things season 4 ruined the novel I’d been working on for over ten years.

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My Friend Richard Sterling Streeter Wrote a Song Around 38 Years Ago and Let Me Put it in My New Book

The song is called Feel Like Dyin' and it is a part of the soundtrack of my life.

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I Recorded a Podcast with The Functional Nerds

Me talking about Catchpenny and the Caught Stealing movie and things that are smelly and learning guitar.

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I Wrote an Essay for CrimeReads

Me talking about writing and drinking and drinking and writing. That seems to be my beat these days.

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Catchpenny Playlist

Music plays a huge rule in CATCHPENNY. Here's a link to a Spotify playlist...

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I'm Just Thinking About What My Life Was Like Two Years Ago

My new book, CATCHPENNY, is going to publish in less than 48 hours. It represents a conscious effort on my part to embrace emotion and hope. I wrote most of it while I was depressed, suffering panic attacks on the reg, and drinking. As of the current moment, I am none of the above.

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Caught Stealing is Gonna be a Movie and I'm Writing it

There's a longer story to tell, but that's the basics. CAUGHT STEALING the movie is a thing. Darren Aronofsy is directing, Austin Butler is starring as Hank. I'll add details as I may. Here's the press release as per Deadline.

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What is a Catchpenny Anyway?3.18.24

It is easily the most shameless book I have written. The book that most wants to please and entertain, and the book in which I most shamelessly let myself write exactly what I wanted without being embarrassed.

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The Impossibility of a Diaphanous History Machine

Someone asked recently about this short piece I wrote in advance of the release of SKINNER. I'd forgotten it exited, but promised to dig it up and post it here. I'm not editing it so this is exactly where my head was at something like ten-eleven years ago. It is dated on so many ways, which I love.

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