Author Archives: Alan Finn

About Alan Finn

Alan Finn is the pen name of an acclaimed author of mysteries, He has worked as a journalist, editor and ghost writer, His historical supernatural mystery THINGS HALF IN SHADOW was published in December by Gallery Books. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey, where he is hard at work on his next book.

Two Halloween Treats

Of all the holidays that dot the calendar, Halloween is perhaps the most photogenic. (With Christmas running a close second.) There’s just something about the iconography of Halloween that draws the camera. The autumn leaves burning red, yellow and gold. The houses done up in their spooky best. The hordes of kids in costume whisking through the October twilight. The candles flickering orange inside carved pumpkins. It’s all so cinematic. Therefore it should come as no surprise that many a movie has taken place on Continue reading →

5 Fantastic New Books for Kids

Being a full-time writer isn’t as glamorous as you might think. It involves many hours of isolation, with only your thoughts (and current manuscript) as company. It can be great if the writing is going well. But if the words aren’t flowing, it can sometimes be torture. After eight months of being a full-time writer, I knew I needed to find something else to do besides writing all the time. Something that got me out of the house more than once or twice a week.  Something that would finally Continue reading →

How to Talk to a Writer 101

A few weeks back, there was a Twitter meme going around called #thingsnottosaytoawriter. Based on the tweets it produced, I came to two conclusions: Writers are a cranky, sensitive bunch Readers, while awesome and well-meaning, sometimes say not-so-awesome things Since it’s back-to-school season, I thought now would be the perfect time for a little lesson on what you should and definitely should not say to an author. So get out your No. 2 pencils, kids. Class is in session. DO send an author an email or tweet if you Continue reading →

The Illustrated Police News

  One of the best things about the internet is that musty, old, forgotten things can get a second chance at life. Take, for instance, The Illustrated Police News, a tawdry London tabloid that lasted from 1864 to 1938. Its stock-in-trade was printing gruesome, shamelessly sensational illustrations about notorious crimes — a reputation that was cemented in 1888 when a man known by the name Jack the Ripper began his killing spree. Now sensationalism was nothing new back then. Nor was illustrating the news for Continue reading →