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Sneak Peek: ENTROPY – “The Diver” by Robert Raker. Publication date: 29th November, 2013

ENTROPY The Diver by Robert Raker “… I almost had to think of everyone and everything as indecent, distance myself from the tears that would inevitably cloud up on the inside of the mask if I let them. I still struggled with that, to discover a separation and detachment from the dead, despite having to readjust to things outside of the awkward stability of the water …” I had always wanted to write from the perspective of a diver (scuba…
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Part II: Q&A with Robert Raker & Entropy: Upcoming Book Release

Q. How long did it take to write the book? RR: Entropy has been around eight years in the making. I began writing it based on nothing more than photographs I had taken. I never believed that it would end up where it has. I was reading The Canterbury Tales, and was taken with the concept of several characters, isolated yet connected. The various characters, the diver, the musician, the undercover agent and the nude model came from various portions…
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Personal Q&A with Robert Raker (Part I) & 17 Days Until Publication “ENTROPY”

Q. What was the last film that you watched? RR: The last film that I watched was Bad Day at Black Rock, an older postmodern western with Spencer Tracy and a wonderful ensemble cast of early generation actors. Q. What was the last book that you read? RR: The Summer of Night by Dan Simmons. Q. What do you like to do when you are not writing? RR: I’m an avid film aficionado. I also read a tremendous amount of…
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Alfred Hitchcock by Robert Raker (Part II)

The Birds was a magnificent film about the destructiveness of nature, when birds attack the small coastal town of Bodega Bay, based on a story by Daphne du Maurier. The script by Evan Hunter was taught and intense, as well as the performance of Tippi Hedren. She was another in the long line of Hitchcock blondes that dominated his films for the latter part of 30 years. I was able to dine in the Tides Restaurant, although it has changed…
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Alfred Hitchcock by Robert Raker (Part 1)

One of my first memories of Alfred Hitchcock was in North by Northwest where Cary Grant, mistaken for a spy, removes the knife from the back of a murdered United Nations representative, setting him on a cross country chase for the actual spies, while eluding the authorities. The classic scene where Grant and Eva Marie Saint are chased across the facing of Mount Rushmore by James Mason and Martin Landau gripped and enthralled me. I began watching as many Hitchcock…
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Halloween Reads by Robert Raker

I grew up in what is considered a tremendous decade of horror for film, the 1980’s. Great directors did some of their best work in those years, like John Carpenter, George Romero and Joe Dante. Many books from Stephen King were translated to film. Yet I never read a lot of horror books, except for early gothic pieces like “Dracula,” by Bram Stoker, “Frankenstein,” by Mary Shelley, “The Phantom of the Opera,” by Gaston Leroux, the complete works of Edgar…
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My first poem… Robert Raker

Happy Independence Day!  This is the first poem that I ever wrote, which subsequently won me my first award for writing when I was in high school. I was 18 years old and began writing poetry because I enjoyed the simplicity and the open interpretations that the form provided.  Writing poetry allowed me to be expressive and romantic. This particular one is very important to me because it made me understand for the first time that I might have a…
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My first Short Story/Writing Experience by Robert Raker

The first short story that I ever wrote was in the second grade. This is where my love for books and being creative began.  The tale started with a reclusive, unknown man who invites various people to a mansion. As they all gathered into a large library to await his arrival, they begin reading random books from the shelves and disappear into those manuscripts.  This opened a new world to me filled with imagination. I wish that I still had…
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Photography … in writing

Photography has always been a hobby and has helped me in creating the heavy imagery in my writing. Taking pictures of a scene or a location that I want to describe is something I enjoy.  I print them out and tape them to the wall in my library to use as reference. I will sometimes alter the image in my writing to change the tone or color so it will fit into the context of the story. I utilized this…
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Music… How it inspires me…Robert Raker

Music has always been an integral part of my life, especially when it comes to writing.  It helps me to create a soothing and focused atmosphere in which I can be creative without distraction.  Most of the music that I listen to when I write are either orchestral scores or classical compositions.  In writing this book, I listened to various recordings that featured the cello as a featured instrument; sounds of water; streams; the waves crashing on the sands and…
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