Alison McMahan

Cover of Films of Tim Burton by Alison McMahan

The Films of Tim Burton

An analysis of the effect on animation on Burton's filmmaking up to Corpse Bride.

Cover of The Lost Visionary by Alison McMahan

The Lost Visionary

A critical analysis of the surviving films of Alice Guy Blaché, the world's first woman filmmaker.

Cover of Alice Guy Cinema Pioneer by Alison McMahan

Alice Guy: Cinema Pioneer

A collection of academic papers published at the time of the Whitney Museum retrospective in 2009.

Alison McMahan is the author of the award-winning Alice Guy Blaché, Lost Visionary of the Cinema (Continuum, 2002) and The Films of Tim Burton: Animating Live Action in Hollywood (Continuum 2005). She writes screenplays, documentary scripts (Homunculus Productions) and fiction.

Contact: Alison@HomunculusProds.com

Latest Blog Entries

YARWA DAY 2014

 

YARWA is the nationwide online chapter for Young Adult Writers of America. If you are a member of RWA and you write YA, it is an incredible chapter. The 2014 Day of YA was a combination of celebration and conference that preceded the start of the National RWA conference in San Antonio.

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Nora Simms of Woman of Ill Fame: A Great Character Voice

How does one discover a new writer that will rock one's world? Maybe a friend recommends a book. Maybe a book won an award. Or maybe you go to the Historical Novel Society Conference and witness an evening of sex scenes read out loud by their authors, a tradition initiated some years ago by Diana Gabaldon, who was the master of ceremonies.

Erika Mailman read a sex scene from Woman of Ill Fame (Heyday Books, 2007). I immediately bought and read the entire book, and I've been re-reading it ever since. 

 

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Review of Chaperoning Paris by Victoria Pinder

 

We've all been in this situation, right? Everything is ideal: the right guy, with a private jet he's put at our disposal, some time together in Paris (even if it is while chaperoning a bunch of too-smart-for-their-own-good high school kids), and the knowledge that this guy is THE ONE for you. So what's the problem? You. That's the problem.  Read more »

Review of Murder at the Breakers by Alyssa Maxwell

Murder at the Breakers a cozy historical mystery by Alyssa Maxwell. Kensington Books, 2014.

 

An inexplicable murder, check. Society debutantes. Check.  A handsome rogue of a brother who's always in a scrape, check. An even handsomer mysterious stranger dogging the heroine's every step, check, check, check.  Murder at the Breakers, the first in a series of cozy historicals by Alyssa Maxwell, has it all. 

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My Writing Process Blog Hop

My Writing Process - Answers to four questions

I've been tagged by Peter Andrews, brilliant writer of YA, sci-fi, and blogger, to participate in a blog hop on the writing process. I have four questions to answer, and then I have to tag two authors to do the same. This is actually harder to do than it looks, but here goes.  Read more »