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Michael McDowell

Michael McDowell (1950-1999) was the author of more than thirty novels, including The Amulet, Cold Moon Over Babylon, Blackwater, and The Elementals.

He wrote or collaborated on the screenplays for Beetlejuice, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Thinner, as well as episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Amazing Stories, Monsters, and Tales from the Darkside.

McDowell held a master’s degree in English from Harvard and a PhD in English and American Literature from Brandeis, but he was happy to carve a place for himself in the world of popular fiction. “I am a commercial writer and I’m proud of that,” he said in one interview.

And no less an authority than Stephen King once proclaimed McDowell “the finest writer of paperback originals in America.”

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