Author Birthdays – How is it October already?

Thomas Wolfe (b. October 3, 1900, Asheville, NC; d. September 15, 1938, Baltimore, MD)

Name the emotion on his face. Mild concern?“All things on earth point home in old October; sailors to sea, travellers to walls and fences, hunters to field and hollow and the long voice of the hounds, the lover to the love he has forsaken.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Look Homeward, Angel

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Gore Vidal (b. October 3, 1925, West Point, NY; d. July 31, 2012, Los Angeles, CA)

He was vidally important.“As societies grow decadent, the language grows decadent, too. Words are used to disguise, not to illuminate, action: you liberate a city by destroying it. Words are to confuse, so that at election time people will solemnly vote against their own interests.” You can find more quotes here.

What you should read: Lincoln

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Anne Rice (b. October 4, 1941, New Orleans, LA)

She looks so nice for someone that writes about Godless horrors..“To really ask is to open the door to the whirlwind. The answer may annihilate the question and the questioner.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Interview with the Vampire

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Peter Ackroyd (b. October 5, 1949, London, UK)

Mustache? Or fuzzy photo?“It may seem unfashionable to say so, but historians should seize the imagination as well as the intellect. History is, in a sense, a story, a narrative of adventure and of vision, of character and of incident. It is also a portrait of the great general drama of the human spirit.” Read more quotes here.

What you should read: Thames: The Biography and The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein

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Clive Barker (b. October 5, 1952, Liverpool, UK)

I never, ever imagined that my first thought when seeing a picture of Clive Barker was going to be that he looked like Sly Stalone's little brother.“I don’t feel there’s any reason to apologise for having a wicked imagination. I think it’s important as a maker of fantasy and of horror.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Imajica and The Scarlet Gospels

For more information on Clive Barker and his works, click here.


Desmond Tutu (b. October 7, 1931, Klerksdorp, South Africa)

I used to just think his name was funny - then I actually learned about him.“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: No Future without Forgiveness and The Book of Forgiving

For more information on Bishop Desmond Tutu, his life and his works, click here.


Thomas Keneally (b. October 7, 1935, Sydney, Australia)

Again, not what I was thinking.“You know, so I was a weird eccentric kid but I did believe in the power of the word and of the word being made flesh I suppose, which again I suppose came from my temperament as well as my upbringing.” Read more quotes here.

What you should read: Schindler’s List

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Frank Herbert (b. October 8, 1920, Tacoma, WA; d. February 11, 1986, Madison, WI)

That is a beard worthy of the 19th century, sir. Well done.. Especially since you lived in the 20th century.“If you think of yourselves as helpless and ineffectual, it is certain that you will create a despotic government to be your master. The wise despot, therefore, maintains among his subjects a popular sense that they are helpless and ineffectual.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Dune

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