Author Steve Alten’s harrowing journey taking ‘THE MEG’ from the book to the big screen

Courtney Howard // Film Critic If there’s ever been a more harrowing tale releasing a project that had been languishing in development hell, it probably would still fail to compare with what author Steve Alten went through seeing his novel, Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror, brought to the big screen. The affable author, and a fleet of fans nicknamed “Megheads,” have waited over two decades to see his creation about a man (played by Jason Statham) saving ...


A Return To “Indian Summers”

August 24th, 2016 | Book News, TV | 0 Comment

Julia Justiss // Fresh Fiction Columnist With the lush PBS Masterpiece series “Indian Summers” soon to begin Season Two, it’s time to look at another round of novels that explore the exotic, complex world of the British Raj in India and the struggles for Indian independence. Beginning with the earliest-set book, we have THE LINNET BIRD by Linda Holeman. Born Linny Gow in the slums of Liverpool in the early 1800’s, forced into prostitution at ...


Interview: ‘CAPTIVE’ Author Ashley Smith Tells of Her Harrowing, Spiritual Journey and Kate Mara’s Portrayal

August 22nd, 2015 | Book News, Film Festivals, Interviews, Movie Interview | 0 Comment

Preston Barta // Features Editor Ashley Smith's vivid account of her plight to save herself from alleged courthouse killer Brian Nichols is a remarkable story. In 2005, Smith walked away from the hands of Nichols by changing his heart through God. If God could turn her life around and bring her out of the depths of depression and drug addiction, she was sure it could change Nichols as well as others. Her novel-turned-movie, CAPTIVE (previously published as ...