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.

My Summer of Jurassic Park

Two weekends ago, I lined up with the rest of America to see this summer’s undisputed box office champ — Jurassic World. Standing in that long line with my Cherry Coke and popcorn spurred flashbacks to the summer of 1993, when the first Jurassic Park movie stomped into theaters and broke box office records. I happened to be working at a movie theater at the time and was lucky enough to witness the chaos that can ensue when a film becomes a worldwide phenomenon. Going Continue reading →

Are We Past The Prologue?

  “I am reminded every time I read one of how useless prologues are.” That sentence came from a Goodreads reader, written as she was diving into my most recent book, THINGS HALF IN SHADOW. The book, you see, does have a prologue. And contrary to what this oh-so-knowledgeable reader thinks, it is far from useless. When I saw that comment, my first instinct was to tell her how utterly insipid (and, yes, useless) it was. But since it’s never a good idea to negatively Continue reading →

The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln

On the night of April 14, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln was carrying two pairs of spectacles and a lens polisher, a pocket knife, a watch fob, a handkerchief, a spare sleeve button and a brown leather wallet, inside of which sat a five-dollar Confederate note. Outside of being owned by one of the most important men in American history, none of those objects would be very noteworthy. But when you include the fact that April 14, 1865, was the night Lincoln was fatally shot by Continue reading →

Searching for ‘The Sound of Music’

Let’s start at the very beginning: The Sound of Music is the first movie I have a clear memory of seeing. It was on TV, probably around Christmas, and 6-year-old me got to stay up late to watch it. I remember sitting in my grandmother’s lap, enthralled by the songs, the scenery and Julie Andrews’ sugar-and-spice performance. As far as movie-watching experiences go, it was pretty special. At that moment, the movie became one of my favorite things. It remains that way today. Yes, I know what Continue reading →