“The Corn Stalks at Midnight” was a middling success for Egypt, Iowa native son J. Cooper Hawk. It sold about a hundred thousand copies, made it to trade paperback, and was adapted as a Science Fantasy Channel Original Thriller™ in 1996. Not exactly the Great American Novel, but it was enough for him to have a full-on museum in town stocked with remaindered copies of the novel and stacks of VHS tapes of the movie. Folks curious for a copy represented just about the only tourists that Egypt got, and the local public library proudly proclaimed that it had Mr. Hawk’s papers, even though said papers consisted of about forty messy and unfinished drafts for horror potboilers.

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