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Patricia Cornwell, James Patterson, Norman Mailer, J.K. Rowling, Robert Galbraith, Horace Walpole

Guns, gay marriage and a real-life murder: The private life of thriller writer Patricia Cornwell

Patricia Cornwell’s insecurities are rooted in a life story that reads like an over-ripe work of fiction. Married to neuroscientist Staci Gruber Cornwell is more grounded these days

The Henry Ford of Books

The planet’s best-selling author since 2001, James Patterson has more than 300 million copies of his books in print, an army of co-writers, several TV deals in the works, and an estimated income of $90 million last year alone. But where’s the respect? Exploring the contradictions of this one-man publishing conglomerate, Todd S. Purdum learns how Patterson’s childhood and advertising career made him the ultimate storyteller.

The Great American Novel Buried in Norman Mailer’s Letters

Village Voice. Perhaps no writer of his time endured such keen conflict between his personal voice and his literary voice, and that conflict is at the center of “Selected Letters of Norman Mailer,” edited by J. Michael Lennon (who is also the author of a biography of Mailer, “A Double Life”).

J.K. Rowling’s Galbraith books coming to TV

Good news!

The Cuckoo’s Calling and The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling) are coming to BBC One.

Harry Potter author Rowling’s crime novels are being adapted as a series, with filming expected to start in 2015.

The Castle of Otranto: The creepy tale that launched gothic fiction

Tragic tales of doomed romance and supernatural horror, often set in baroque castles, have thrilled readers for centuries. But many modern-day fans of gothic literature may not be familiar with the 18th Century novel that inspired the genre, writes Peter Ray Allison.

Quite a good introduction to Gothic literature from the BBC News Magazine. The illustrative photos are especially worth a good look.