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Topic: Dead Lines & The Uninvited

From: Hector Cepeda
Location: Valencia, CA
Date: 09/07/2010

Hello, Mr. Bear.

Having recently seen that incredibly spooky, 1944 British ghost flick  The Uninvited  I was reminded of a certain approach I clearly sensed in your equally eerie Dead Lines. As far as the ghostly manifestations, both works presented them in a relatively unadorned matter-of-fact way that only made the situations more plausible, effectively intensifying the creepiness and chill. I was wondering if you've ever seen The Uninvited and, if so, if that had any influence on Dead Lines. If not, then I highly recommend that you do watch it (I envy the first-timers), and in the daytime unless you don't mind jumping at shadows the rest of the night.

Bye. (Or Boo.)

Re: Dead Lines & The Uninvited

From: Greg Bear
Date: 09/14/2010

Thanks, Hector! THE UNINVITED is one of my favorites--some genuinely spooky moments delivered with style. Another major influence: THE HAUNTING (1960s version), based on the excellent HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE by Shirley Jackson. I'm a big fan of ghost stories and movies, if you haven't already guessed!

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