Urban Fantasy and Crazy Writers

February 22, 2016

Review of The Sixteen Burdens by David Khalaf

by yvonnelieblein       Reviewer Rating: 4.5 Stars       selected

David Khalaf’s debut novel and the first book in THE BURDENS TRILOGY is an eclectic literary mashup — mystery mixed into urban fantasy with a backbeat of Hollywood’s Golden Age. While connecting the dots would be a tall order for a less talented raconteur, Khalaf delivers an engaging adventure grounded in the wondrous complexities of self-discovery and the power of friendship.


Interview with David Khalaf

by yvonnelieblein      

Meet the author of THE SIXTEEN BURDENS. Born in Orange County, California David Khalaf studied print journalism at the University of Southern California, where he served as editor of the Daily Trojan newspaper and held court on the patio outside Carl’s Jr. He later went to graduate school at USC for creative writing. He has been a waiter longer than he cares to remember.



The Myth of the Crazy Writer

by Renee Miller      

The implication, made by other writers primarily, that creative minds are predisposed to mental instability is irritating, and it’s insulting to those actually suffering from mental illness. Writers are not crazy. Crazy is not a requirement for success in this industry. In fact, I imagine it’d be a hindrance, but that’s just me.



Author Spotlight: Adrian Baldwin

The author of our 2016 Readers’ Choice Novel of the Year, we welcome Adrian Baldwin to the stage for an Author Spotlight! Adrian Baldwin is a Mancunian now living and working in Wales. Back in the Nineties, he wrote for various TV shows/personalities. Since then, he has written three screenplays, one of which received generous financial backing from the Film Agency for Wales. Then along came the global recession to kick the UK Film industry in the nuts. What a bummer! Not to be outdone, he turned to novel writing – which had always been his real dream…




Pitch Perfect Pick Winner

Over the last month, our top submissions were put to a vote. This one came out on top.


Their Works Shall Be in the Dark

Votes: 6

A conspiracy of forbidden activities in a Mormon youth group challenges the beliefs and relationships of the young men involved.



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