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I try to write with the high drama and humor of the old black-and-whites in mind. It's a romantic language. It doesn't shy from being sentimental. There are a number of classic movie blogs I enjoy. One of which, www.classicfilmboy.com, has interviewed me a few times. I've cut and pasted bits from each and put them together here if you're interested.

Paul Shipper did the covers for both Jack and the Jungle Lion and The Elephants of Shanghai. From Manchester, England, Paul became an artist thanks to the inspiration of Drew Struzan. Along with the covers, Paul created a 'making of' video for each. They can be found here - http://vimeo.com/16753411 and here - http://vimeo.com/42721110 His website is: www.paulshipper.com.

Atula Siriwardane created the Ten-A-Week Steale cover. He's Sri Lankan, has eclectic tastes and inspirations. His website is: atula.50webs.com.

Jonny Ruzzo is from Rhode Island but lives in New York. He finds a lot of inspiration in fashion photography. He painted the cover for The Brutal Illusion. His website is: www.jonnyruzzo.com.

Gilles Verschuere created the cover for Need More Road. He is a graphic designer from Ghent, Belgium, with a passion for literature and cinema. You can find him online via his website www.wildstripe.com.

Jack and the Jungle Lion review excerpts


"From the start, Stephen Jared captures the formula that has been lost to Hollywood since the movie studio system broke down. It's everything that classic film fans love about classic films. Credit is also due to the fantastic, eye-catching cover art by multi-talented Paul Shipper. Shipper captured the vintage-style influence of the old Hollywood film posters with alarming accuracy. One glance at the cover, and there is a sense of intrigue and excitement for the story behind it." - BELLA ONLINE

"... Jared clearly is a lover of classic films, because he gets the setting, characters and breezy atmosphere right. I'm not sure how many people could recreate this era with this much joy and devotion." - CLASSIC FILM BOY

"... so thoroughly packed with action, romance, and witty lines that readers will see the story play out as if it were a movie right before their eyes." - SUITE 101

"Jack and the Jungle Lion may be an affectionate tribute to adventure serials and screwball comedies of the 1930s, but it stands on its own as a great fun read. Featuring an unapologetic coward of a movie star, a beautiful and tough-as-nails animal trainer, a genuinely frightening Peruvian devil, a wise butler, and a fellow who just happens to own a Staggerwing, the story is as entertaining as it is refreshingly free of cynicism. I loved Stephen Jared's first novel, and sincerely hope it's not his last." - RYDER WINDHAM

"This was a fun book. It wasn't something I'd typically pick up, but thanks to book blogging I've expanded my reading horizons to find gems like Jack and the Jungle Lion." - FEEDING MY BOOK ADDICTION

"... a fun read, reminded me of Indiana Jones and Tales of the Gold Monkey, both which I loved so much. I couldn't help but smile." - BOOK LOVERS HIDEAWAY

"I was delighted with it from page one to the end. This adventure truly has the feel and charm of an Indiana Jones flick. It's amusing, rollicking tale will make you nostalgic for the old days of glitzy Hollywood when fantasy and reality were often too close to tell apart." - PULP FICTION REVIEWS


Ten-A-Week Steale review excerpts


"Author Stephen Jared is an accomplished film actor with a vast knowledge of early Hollywood history, which he deftly employs here by creating a truly authentic background for his wonderfully crafted mystery. Refusing to mimic classical noir settings, Jared presents a straightforward and original narrative that moves at its own leisurely pace. Then when the reader least expects it, he delivers scenes of gut wrenching violence in such a cold, calculating style, this reviewer was reminded of the late Mickey Spillane's work." - PULP FICTION REVIEWS

"In Ten-A-Week Steale, silent-era Hollywood is enticingly reconstructed with a post-World War I 'noirish' flair - a city that is, by turns, glitzy and grimy, showing its best and worst in one fell swoop. The world-building here is impressive in its scope - it is obvious that Jared has done copious amounts of research in creating these settings, which are described in great detail throughout the novel. The rich backdrop sets the stage for an exciting - and violent - series of events as Steale delves into the mystery behind his frame-up." - TRUE CLASSICS

"These days, few authors try to bring back the entertaining hard-boiled scenes of 1920s and 30s in their novels. But Stephen Jared has just done that." - MYSTERY TRIBUNE

"Ten-A-Week Steale has been lauded as being a fantastic work in the tradition of the old pulp/noir masters and it is indeed that, but it is something else entirely. Jared infuses every single word of this book not only with the past, but with the anxiety, the falsity, the need for truth today. Steale isn't just a lost soul of the Great War, he's an everyman pulled by no fault of his own into situations that are far beyond him. And, unlike many such types today, Steale doesn't blend in, fade away, or go with the flow. He comes out fighting, shooting, and punching to maintain something that many today feel they've lost. Being his own man. If you enjoy great noir, this is the book for you. If you thirst for a novel that balances past and present, go get Ten-A-Week Steale." - ALL PULP

"Though Ten-A-Week Steale is sexier and more violent than your typical golden age flick, it has the zest of a 1920s flapper pic, dialogue with a 1930s snap and an aura of 1940s noir doom. Somehow, all of that fits together. The betrayed man on the run plot is familiar, but Jared gives it a boost with juicy characters and sharp wit. There are also a few novel touches. I certainly see brandy in a different light after reading a particular fight scene. And holy cow, those action scenes! The brutal detail and twisty pacing really hit you in the gut. Ten-A-Week-Steale is a fast-paced, engrossing story." - A CLASSIC MOVIE BLOG

"Frankly, I couldn't put this book down. Layered with a historical background and spiced with explosive action, Ten-A-Week Steale puts a fresh spin on the classic suspense tale and left me wanting more of Walter Steale. Jared's first book, Jack and the Jungle Lion, was equally entertaining but with a lighter tone (and a separate set of characters). Ten-A-Week Steale pleasantly surprised me because here Jared demonstrates that rare gift of writing a second novel that is stylistically (in tone and setting) entirely different than his first book. It was a wise choice and Jared handles the action with a Master's touch." - DISPATCHES FROM THE LAST OUTLAW

"Ten-A-Week Steale is a full-throated nostalgia piece. Stephen Jared brings his setting to life with aplomb. Classic Hollywood personalities like Adolphe Menjou wander across the pages. If EL Doctorow wrote pulpy mysteries, they would probably look like this one. But more than that, the novel's dialogue reads like a screenplay from Classic Hollywood. Ten-a-Week Steale is clearly a labor of love, and will no doubt prove entrancing to readers who miss Hollywood's Golden Age." - CRIME FICTION LOVER


The Elephants of Shanghai review excerpts


"With his newest tale, Jared delivers a fond hat tip to obvious influences like the Indiana Jones flicks and dime-novel adventure stories; indeed, the cover art for the book, created by Paul Shipper, comes across as a red-bathed mix of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) and the 1939 piloting drama Only Angels Have Wings. The story moves along at a crisp pace, juggling dramatic sequences and sharp comedic bits marked by clever dialogue, before building to two rather gripping climactic scenes in which Jack and co. find themselves in mortal peril. Jared has a gift for crafting an entertaining plot, with detailed settings that serve to immerse the reader in the time period." - TRUE CLASSICS

"Again, as he did in Jack and the Jungle Lion, Jared delivers a fast-paced, old fashioned adventure yarn peppered with just the perfect blend of hair-raising action and laugh aloud comedic bits to help lighten the tension. Jack and Max are truly likeable characters and it is a treat to see them again as their continued romantic relationship shows no signs of ever getting dull." - PULP FICTION REVIEWS

"These books are wonderful. Action, romance, and adventure set in the 30's and 40's. If you ever watched some of the older movies similar to those our Jack Hunter starred in, you will find yourself feeling like you have tripped back in time. The stories left me with a feeling of nostalgia. I thought this was a wonderful tribute to a style of books and movies that we don't see anymore." - CLUE REVIEW

"Along with an exciting tale faithful to the Adventure Pulp Fiction Genre, this time taking place during World War II, Jared gets downright inspiring. I can honestly say that Jack and the Jungle Lion and The Elephants of Shanghai are better than many Pulitzer Prize winning fiction books, and as good as Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan series." - THE BUTTER RUM CARTOON

"The Elephants of Shanghai is every bit as entertaining as its predecessor, and then some. Stephen Jared is a fine writer; his prose crackles with witty dialogue, the action remains on full-throttle, and lovers of thrills and spills in fiction will savor every page of this immensely enjoyable book." - DISPATCHES FROM THE LAST OUTLAW


The Brutal Illusion review excerpts


"It is almost uncanny how he manages to capture the mood, the landscape, and the culture of a by-gone era with the knowledge of someone who had lived it. The Brutal Illusion is the third novel by Jared that I've read-and I believe it's his best." - WRITER/FILMMAKER, BERNIE VAN DE YACHT

"What I loved most about this story, and there is much to love, was Jared's style. Though we recognize certain types, Jared breathes life into each one, so that the scenes he paints come alive in the reader's mind." - WRITER, DIANA STEVAN

"After beginning his writing presence with several action adventures, Stephen Jared focuses his considerable talent on his own back yard. It is this intimate knowledge of the players in this industry of illusion that lifts his tale to a level of poignant reality that is difficult to ignore. It is by far his most personal work and thus his best." - PULP FICTION REVIEWS

"Jared is highly imaginative, imminently creative, and always worth reading." - DISPATCHES FROM THE LAST OUTLAW

"The heroine's sweet relationship with a screenwriter and the small triumphs and glamour she encounters keep things from becoming unbearably bleak, but it is the dark moments that are the most gripping in this addictive little book." - CLASSIC FILM BLOG


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"NEED MORE ROAD is a strong, punchy, dark tale. The drama is wonderfully evocative of Hitchcock's plots, 1950s noir, and even of Jim Jarmusch's 1984 cult classic Stranger Than Paradise." - CRIME FICTION LOVER

"Every time I read one of Stephen Jared's books I come away from the experience impressed by his insight into human nature. I enjoyed Need More Road, as I have enjoyed all of his stories." - ERROL FLYNN BIOGRAPHER, THOMAS MCNULTY.






"Jared is highly imaginative, eminently creative, and always worth reading."