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Death Will Have Your Eyes Reading Group Guide

Death Will Have Your Eyes Reading Group Guide

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Published by Mulholland Books
The reading group guide for James Sallis's classic espionage novel, Death Will Have Your Eyes. Bring these questions and comments from the author to your next book club meeting!
The reading group guide for James Sallis's classic espionage novel, Death Will Have Your Eyes. Bring these questions and comments from the author to your next book club meeting!

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Published by: Mulholland Books on Jul 28, 2014
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READINGGROUPGUIDE  
DEDEATH ATHWILLWILL HHAVE AVEYYOOURUREEYE YESS
ANOVELABOUTSPIE
JJAME AMESSSSALLI ALLISS
 
 AA CCONONVERVERSSATI ATIONON WIWITHTH JJAME AMESS SSALLI ALLISS
What was the rst story you ever wrote, and what happened to it? 
ere were of course early miscarriages, but the rst story I wrotethat felt like a story, walked like a story, and quacked like a story  was “Kazoo.” It was published in
 New Worlds.
 Two others quickly followed, one for
 F&SF,
 and one for Damon Knight’s
 Orbit,
 in-culcating in me the absurd and sweetly naive notion that I couldmake a living writing. From such moments are lives ruined.
When you sold your rst piece of writing, how did you celebrate? 
I was twenty-one and impoverished—excellent training for a  writer, by the wayso I probably took my wife out for a nemeal at Howard Johnson’s.
Tell us about your process: Pen, paper, word processor, human blood when the moon is full...how do you write? 
 As though in a pitch black room where I am trying to nd theblack door, stumbling over black furniture all the while. And Iswear that furniture keeps moving about.
 
Mostly it’s all on computer nowadays, though each page, eachline, gets questioned, revised, rewritten, bued, trimmed and l-leted hundreds of times.Here’s what writing well feels like to me. I begin a story or a novel and it’s as though I almost see movement over in the cor-ner of the room. But when I look that way, there’s nothing. As I write on into the story I start to hear breathing over there; there’smore and more furtive movement; and as I go on, the breathing gets louder, dened. at thing in the corner begins to take onshape....
What’s the biggest mistake you’ve made as a writer? 
 We could talk for quite a while about that word mistake,im-plying as it does that, like characters in poorly written ction, wehave simplistic, monosyllabic motives, i.e., that we know whatthe hell we’re doing and are in control of it.Commercially, not sticking to one genre might be construed a mistake. Who is this guy? Poet? PI novelist? Avant-garde weirdo?Fish? Fowl?e sole “mistake” to which I’d admit without reserve: Not writing enough. ough I’m pretty sure laziness accounts for thatmore than does misdirection.
Which ctional character would you most like to have a drink with,and why? 
Molly Bloom. I wouldn’t have to say a word, wouldn’t even haveto bring along my satchel of punctuation.
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