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Michigan's Master of the Macabre!TM

Posted: 22 January 2022
Draft Completed for The Lottery Winner
On December 28, 2021, Paul completed the first draft of a new novel, The Lottery Winner, his sixth novel. He is now busy at work on the second draft, which he expects to complete in 2022.

Posted: 12 May 2019
Queries Sent for Lost Boy
After months of preparatory work finalizing an outline, synopsis, blurb, and cover letter, not to mention one final draft of the manuscript, I successfully sent out my first group of literary agent queries over these last two weeks.

Posted: 12 May 2019
Writing Underway on New Novel The Lottery Winner
After a few false starts, the most notable in summer and fall 2017, I re-committed to this work in February this year. I have an exciting vision for this work, and am very excited to see if I can bring that vision to the page. I'm about 25,000 words in to the first draft at this point, with the goal of a completed first draft by the end of the year. Genre: literary-psychological.

Posted: 12 May 2019
Additional Drafts of Lost Boy Completed
While I thought this work was done, I ended up completing two additional drafts; Draft 7 completed 6/17/2017, and Draft 8 completed 2/3/2019. One area I've continued to struggle with regarding this work is its title. I have spent more hours than I care to count on several occasions, brainstorming for a better title, all to no avail. Cover art shown was licensed 2014 from photographer Connie Muscat.

Posted: 20 November 2016
Final Drafts of Three Novels Completed
After a much-deserved rest, post-PhD, Paul has been hard at work polishing up his latest novels and recently completed new and final drafts of three of them: My Name is Vengeance (Draft 7 completed 7/21/2016); The Spiritar (Draft 7 completed 9/28/2016); and Lost Boy (Draft 6 completed 11/4/2016).

Posted: 10 July 2015
Paul Completes Ph.D.!
On Monday, July 6, Paul learned that his amended PhD thesis had been approved by his internal examiner. On Tuesday, he arranged to have his thesis printed and bound, with two copies to be delivered to the Lancaster University library. This is the final step required before his degree will be officially conferred.

Posted: 13 March 2015
Paul Passes PhD Viva with Minor Amendments!
On Wednesday, March 4, 2015 Paul successfully defended his PhD thesis before a board of examiners in Lancaster, England. His pass is subject to him completing "minor amendments" which he is being granted 6 months to complete.

Posted: 3 April 2014
Paul Submits PhD Thesis "Lost Boy: Exploring Fictional Worlds"
Paul submitted his 390-page PhD creative writing thesis to Lancaster University, UK on April 3, 2014. This thesis includes the full novel "Lost Boy" as well as a 42,000-word critical commentary.

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Michigan Horror -- Feel the Fear!

The Calling

The Sarasin family's move to northern Michigan is meant as a getaway from the stressful big-city life of suburban Detroit. Instead, they find themselves engaged in an epic struggle . . . with a demon, their new house's sinister past and with themselves. From a mysterious stranger who stalks them, to a hotel clerk who describes their house's former owner as "a doctor not of the living . . . but of the dying," from sounds of digging and voices under their house to an enormous "stone circle" used for Satan worship in the forest behind them, from the discovery of journals describing demon calling to a sheriff who may be "one of them," the Sarasins are plunged into a seemingly unstoppable descent as pawns in a game where the future of the world depends upon their ability to stop the creation of an immense "gate"--a portal between the world of the living and that of the revengeful dead.

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 What Readers are Saying . . .

The Calling is a 500-plus-page-long, character-driven, lyrically-fluid tale that reads like a haunted house story with a Halloween funhouse ride-type pace that sometimes gets stuck in narrative before it starts off again and pulls you further into the ride.  The way Strickler writes tells me he knows what he's doing, like he's written for awhile, though this is his first novel.  I've said that before with other premiere writers who have put out first novels, and this is a way well-over obvious indication the chap's not only got some real talent, but the ambition of someone who believes in his work and the patience and diligence to pull out of himself a story so epic yet dealing with so tight a group of characters in a small town setting.  Yes, it rides on Essence of King, of whom I'm certain is an inspiration to the author, but Strickler is his own voice here. 

- Nicholas Grabowsky
Author, Halloween IV


Last Updated: 13 September 2023

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