So I’ve seen a lot of movies and TV shows that have featured fictional authors. As an author myself (I really am – some of y’all may not know that), I was thinking about my favorite “fictional authors” whose books I might like to read and made a list of my top 15. Feel free to add ones I missed (don’t be scared).

  1. Jack Torrance (The Shining – Come on people, he just wanted some quiet time to write! With his demented mind, I can only imagine how amazing his books were.)
  2. Bill Denbrough (IT – horror novelist who probably isn’t all that much different in style than King himself.)
  3. Catherine Tramell (Basic Instinct – come on, you know you want to read HER steamy murder mysteries 😏🔥)
  4. Gale Weathers (Scream – bestselling author of “The Woodsboro Murders” – I’d read that.)
  5. Chad Flenderman (The Office – Toby’s favorite mystery author … or was it actually Toby himself writing as Chad?)
  6. Crow T. Robot (MST3K – wrote several cleverly titled screenplays, but his best work was the song “Let’s Have a Patrick Swayze Christmas.”
  7. Thad Beaumont/George Stark (The Dark Half – I sense his gritty crime novels would be chilling.)
  8. Larry Donner (Throw Mama From the Train – I sense his books would have a Hitchcock feel to them.)
  9. George McFly (Back to the Future – a great 80’s sci-fi writer who was inspired by an otherworldly visit he had in high school from Darth Vader who visited from the planet Vulcan.)
  10. Gordie LaChance (Stand By Me – writes some cool tales of revenge. Remember the story of “Lard Ass?”)
  11. Melvin Udall (As Good as it Gets – kind of a douchebag person, but apparently he knows how to write women.)
  12. Homer Simpson (The Simpsons – author of Homer: I Hardly Knew Me. How could you NOT want to read this one …)
  13. Karen Eiffel (Stranger Than Fiction – odd that she has no problem killing off a character that actually came to life.)
  14. Paul Sheldon (Misery – meh, not sure how much I would enjoy his Misery novels. Plots seemed a little boring to me …)
  15. Diane Chambers (Cheers – pretty sure her debut novel topped one million words. Might have trouble getting through that.)

Eric Woods resides in Springfield, Illinois and has been writing since grade school. The author of 10 full length stage plays, his first novel PUMMELED was published in June of 2018. He is in the process of finishing his second novel, the horror story DRAGON’S BLOOD which is scheduled for release in October 2019. Eric has been a local freelance writer since 2005, writing for such outlets as Springfield Business Journal Illinois and SO Magazine. He serves as a tour guide for the Lincoln Ghost Walk in Springfield and was a collegiate speech and debate coach for seven years. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in English and a Master’s Degree in Communication from the University of Illinois Springfield.


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