David Bell - Author

About the Author

David Bell is an assistant professor of English at Western Kentucky University. He received an M.A. in creative writing from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and a Ph.D. in American Literature and creative writing from the University of Cincinnati. Cemetery Girl was David Bell's first novel - The Hiding Place is his second.

Featured books by David Bell

Cemetery Girl

Cemetery Girl

Author: David Bell Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/01/2015

Tom and Abby Stuart had everything: a perfect marriage, successful careers, and a beautiful twelve-year-old daughter, Caitlin. Then one day Caitlin vanished without a trace. For a while they grasped at every false hope and followed every empty lead, but the tragedy ended up changing their lives, overwhelming them with guilt and dread, and shattering their marriage. Four years later, Caitlin is found alive-dirty and dishevelled yet preternaturally calm. She won't discuss where she was or what happened. Then the police arrest a suspect connected to her disappearance, but Caitlin refuses to testify, leaving the Stuarts with a choice: Let the man who may be responsible for destroying their lives walk away, or take matters into their own hands. And when Tom decides to try to uncover the truth for himself, he finds that nothing that has happened yet can prepare him for what he is about to discover.

Gone for Good

Gone for Good

Author: David Bell Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/08/2014

Elizabeth Hampton has not spoken to her mother in weeks when she gets the phone call. Her mother has been found dead under suspicious circumstances. But who would want to kill a kind old woman who stayed at home to care for her son Ronnie's special needs? And why did her mother recently change her Will? The police tell Elizabeth that this is not only a murder investigation - her brother Ronnie is the prime suspect. Desperate to prove her brother's innocence, Elizabeth begins to unravel dark family secrets, double lives and the shocking truth behind her own identity.

The Hiding Place

The Hiding Place

Author: David Bell Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/02/2013

Sometimes it's easier to believe a lie...Twenty-five-years ago, four-year-old Justin Manning disappeared. Two months later his body was found in a shallow grave in the woods, shocking the small town of Dove Point, Ohio. Janet Manning has been haunted by her brother's death since the day she lost sight of him in the park. Now, a detective and a reporter are asking questions, raising new suspicions and opening old wounds. But if the man jailed for the murder is innocent, who did kill Justin? At the same time a stranger appears at Janet's door claiming to know the truth and a high school friend returns, with his own confused memories of what happened. Janet thought she'd put the past and guilt behind her. But now the truth about her brother is heartbreakingly close - has she the courage to find it? Immerse yourself in David Bell's wonderfully gripping UK debut The Hiding Place and unravel the truth which lies buried in Janet's past...David Bell is an assistant professor of English at Western Kentucky University. He received an M.A. in creative writing from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and a Ph.D. in American Literature and creative writing from the University of Cincinnati. Cemetery Girl was David Bell's first novel - The Hiding Place is his second. Praise for David Bell's Cemetery Girl : Reads like a collaboration between Michael Connelly and the gothic fiction of Joyce Carol Oates...A winner on every level . (Will Lavender). Cemetery Girl grabbed me by the throat on page one and never let up...the work of a master . (John Lescroart). A haunting meditation on the ties that bind parent to child, husband to wife, brother to brother. An absolutely riveting, absorbing read not to be missed . (Lisa Unger).

Other books by David Bell

Somebody's Daughter

Somebody's Daughter

Author: David Bell Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/07/2018

Somebody's Daughter

Somebody's Daughter

Author: David Bell Format: eBook Release Date: 10/07/2018

In this pulse-pounding novel of psychological suspense from the USA Today bestselling author of Bring Her Home and Since She Went Away, a man must save the life of a little girl who just might be his daughter....When Michael Frazier's ex-wife, Erica, unexpectedly shows up on his doorstep, she drops a bombshell that threatens to rip his family apart: Her ten-year-old daughter is missing--and Michael is the father. Unsure whether this is the truth but unwilling to leave the girl's fate to chance, Michael has no choice but to follow the elusive trail of the child he has always wanted but never knew he had.After Michael departs, his wife, Angela, learns shocking news about Erica and fears for the safety of both her husband and the endangered girl. When a stranger, a man who claims a connection to Erica and her missing daughter, knocks on the door, Angela is drawn out into the night--and deep into the tangled web of Michael's past....Over the course of one night, lies that span a decade come bubbling to the surface, putting Michael, his wife, and his whole family in jeopardy. And as the window for a little girl's safe return closes, Michael will have to decide who can be trusted and who is hiding the truth....

Bring Her Home

Bring Her Home

Author: David Bell Format: Paperback Release Date: 13/07/2017

Superintelligence and World Views

Superintelligence and World Views

Author: David Bell Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/10/2016

Current AI offerings fall far short of superintelligence, which would arguably require genius-level ideas and world-views at least as rich as our own, including, for example, high quality evaluation and representation capabilities, in addition to very powerful hardware. They also lack other important things such as consciousness and even a sense of humour. So humans stand apart from the most advanced machines physically but also psychically. The differences are primarily spiritual. Man-made superintelligence would challenge world-views which involve God and they would impact significantly on our human world-views in general. Does all this rule out the possibility of their existence?

Since She Went Away

Since She Went Away

Author: David Bell Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/06/2016

Chushingura and the Floating World The Representation of Kanadehon Chushingura in Ukiyo-e Prints

Chushingura and the Floating World The Representation of Kanadehon Chushingura in Ukiyo-e Prints

Author: David Bell Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/02/2016

Kanadehon Chushingura has been one of the most popular bunraku and kabuki plays. This fascinating study explores the full spectrum of ukiyo-e (floating world) representations of the Chushingura story. Essential reading for all students of Japanese theatre, the history of Japanese art and the social history of Japan.

Zenisme. Sa radem pe calea catre iluminare

Zenisme. Sa radem pe calea catre iluminare

Author: David Bell Format: eBook Release Date: 27/01/2016

Subtitlul cartii: Sa radem pe calea catre iluminare rezuma intr-un mod fericit si concis continutul acestei carti. Reprezinta o culegere de texte: povesti, aforisme si anecdote pline de umor atribuite unor mari maestri zen. In spatele prezentarii pline de umor se ascund lectii pline de profunzime oferite de catre maestrii spirituali studentilor lor.Intr-o zi, un venerabil calugar zen si discipolul sau se plimbau pe o carare. Discipolul s-a oprit sa ridice un melc. Venerabilul calugar l-a intrebat: Ce vrei sa faci cu melcul acela?"e;Mi-a fost teama ca o sa calcam pe el, asa ca m-am decis sa il mut din calea noastra"e;, i-a raspuns discipolul.Dar este limpede ca melcul era predestinat sa fie aici, chiar in acest loc si chiar in acest moment. Nu crezi ca ai interferat cu destinul sau karma-ic?"e;, l-a intrebat calugarul.Adeptul s-a gandit o clipa, dupa care a pus melcul in locul de unde l-a luat. Iar faci acelasi lucru!"e;, i-a reprosat calugarul.[...]Calul cel iute al unui taran a fugit de acasa. Vecinii lui au exclamat: O, ce ghinion!"e;Poate ca da, poate ca nu!"e;, a spus taranul.O saptamana mai tarziu, calul s-a intors acasa, aducand cu el alti zece cai salbatici. Ce noroc!"e;, au exclamat vecinii.Poate ca da, poate ca nu!"e;, a spus taranul.Pe cand imblanzea caii, fiul taranului a fost lovit la un genunchi si a ramas schilod. Ce ghinion ingrozitor!"e;, au exclamat vecinii.Poate ca da, poate ca nu!"e;, a spus taranul.O saptamana mai tarziu, trimisii domnitorului au venit sa recruteze oameni pentru armata acestuia. Din cauza genunchiului ranit, fiul taranului a fost scutit de armata. Vecinii, ai caror fii au fost luati cu arcanul, au exclamat: Ce norocos esti!"e;Poate ca da, poate ca nu!"e;, a spus taranul.

Rides A Stranger

Rides A Stranger

Author: David Bell Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2014

After the death of his father, a literature professor is drawn into the murder investigation of a bookstore owner... Though Don and his father both love books, their tastes couldn't be more different. Don is a scholar, and his father reads nothing but schlock. His house is full of dime paperbacks, battered thrillers, and case after case of western novels, none of which his son could ever bear to read. At his father's funeral, Don is approached by a strange man, a rare book dealer named Lou Caledonia. Don assumes the man wants to buy his dad's old westerns, but Lou explains that something far more important is on the line. Don finds the cramped confines of Lou's used bookstore immensely comforting, but a surprise waits for him downstairs. Caledonia has been shot dead, and Don is in danger, too. The boy who was too smart to read pulp fiction is about to find himself trapped in a thriller of his own.

George Bell's War

George Bell's War

Author: David Bell Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/02/2014

500 days & 700 miles in the line of fire. George Bell never cared to talk much about his wartime experiences. He was just 'doing his bit' for King and Country...no big deal. It wasn't until after my father died in 1995 that I was compelled to find out more. Based mainly on Brigade War Diaries from the National Archives in Kew, the REME Museum in Reading and the Imperial War Museum in London, George Bell's War brings together my curious research and confirms all I have been thinking for years ...My father, my hero. There were hundreds of thousands just like my dear Dad, each and every one with a one in three chance of coming to significant harm on foreign soil. Ordinary men in the prime of their lives. In this, the 70th anniversary year of the liberation of Western Europe, I hope you feel as much pride reading this little book as I got from compiling it. God bless them all.

Rides a Stranger

Rides a Stranger

Author: David Bell Format: eBook Release Date: 19/11/2013

After the death of his father, a literature professor is drawn into the murder investigation of a bookstore proprietorThough Don and his father both love books, their tastes couldn't be more different. Don is a scholar, and his father reads nothing but schlock. His house is full of dime paperbacks, battered thrillers, and case after case of western novels, none of which his son could ever bear to read. At his father's funeral, Don is approached by a strange man, a rare book dealer named Lou Caledonia. Don assumes the man wants to buy his dad's old westerns, but Lou explains that something far more important is on the line.Don finds the cramped confines of Lou's used bookstore immensely comforting, but a surprise waits for him downstairs. Caledonia has been shot dead, and Don is in danger, too. The boy who was too smart to read pulp fiction is about to find himself trapped in a thriller of his own.

Rides a Stranger

Rides a Stranger

Author: David Bell Format: eBook Release Date: 19/11/2013

After the death of his father, a literature professor is drawn into the murder investigation of a bookstore proprietorThough Don and his father both love books, their tastes couldn't be more different. Don is a scholar, and his father reads nothing but schlock. His house is full of dime paperbacks, battered thrillers, and case after case of western novels, none of which his son could ever bear to read. At his father's funeral, Don is approached by a strange man, a rare book dealer named Lou Caledonia. Don assumes the man wants to buy his dad's old westerns, but Lou explains that something far more important is on the line.Don finds the cramped confines of Lou's used bookstore immensely comforting, but a surprise waits for him downstairs. Caledonia has been shot dead, and Don is in danger, too. The boy who was too smart to read pulp fiction is about to find himself trapped in a thriller of his own.

Living on the Border Psychotic Processes in the Individual, the Couple, and the Group

Living on the Border Psychotic Processes in the Individual, the Couple, and the Group

Author: David Bell Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/05/2013

This book centres on the problem of psychosis, understood from a psychoanalytic perspective, as it manifests itself in different contexts and different levels of organisation: from the individual psychoanalytic session, through work with couples, groups and institutions and wider levels of social organisation. Beginning with a discussion of the psychoanalytic approach to psychosis centring on the work of Freud, Klein and the Post-Kleinians, it goes on to cover individual, couple and group therapy with psychotic patients. It draws on clinical material and theoretical discussion to explore the links between psychotic processes on different levels. This work is aimed at different professionals working within the psychodynamic frame of reference: individual psychotherapists, couple and family and group psychotherapists; organisational consultants and trainees in different therapies. As well as this it will be a useful resource to nurses, doctors and social workers who work with very disturbed patients and wish to learn about psychotic processes.

Hiding Place

Hiding Place

Author: David Bell Format: eBook Release Date: 11/10/2012

Twenty-five years after a child's murder shocks a small Ohio town, new evidence forces everyone to question what they believe in this tense thriller from the bestselling author ofSince She Went AwayandCemetery Girl. Janet Manning has been haunted by the murder since the day she lost sight of her four-year-old brother in the park. Now, with the twenty-fifth anniversary of Justin's death looming, a detective and a newspaper reporter have started to ask questions, opening old wounds and raising new suspicions. Could the man convicted of the murderwho spent more than two decades in prisonreally be innocent? Janet's childhood friend and high school crush, who was in the park with her that day, has returned to Dove Point, where he is wrestling with his own conflicted memories of the events. And a strange man appears at Janet's door in the middle of the night, claiming to know the truth. Soon, years of deceit will be swept away, and the truth about what happened to Janet's brother will be revealed. And the answers that Janet has sought may be found much closer to home than she ever could have imagined.

Cemetery Girl

Cemetery Girl

Author: David Bell Format: eBook Release Date: 04/10/2011

A missing child is every parent's nightmare. What comes next is even worse in this riveting thriller from the bestselling author ofSince She Went AwayandSomebody I Used to Know.Tom and Abby Stuart had everything: a perfect marriage, successful careers, and a beautiful twelve-year-old daughter, Caitlin. Then one day she vanished without a trace. For a while they grasped at every false hope and followed every empty lead, but the tragedy ended up changing their lives, overwhelming them with guilt and dread, and shattering their marriage.Four years later, Caitlin is found alivedirty and disheveled, yet preternaturally calm. She won't discuss where she was or what happened. And when the police arrest a suspect connected to the disappearance, Caitlin refuses to testify, leaving the Stuarts with a choice: Let the man who may be responsible for destroying their lives walk away, or take matters into their own hands. And when Tom decides to try to uncover the truth for himself, he finds that nothing that has happened yet can prepare him for what he is about to discover.

Ways of Writing Critical Essays on Zakes Mda

Ways of Writing Critical Essays on Zakes Mda

Author: David Bell Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/03/2009

Ways of Writing is the first volume of essays devoted to a critical appraisal of Zakes Mda, the award-winning South African novelist and playwright. In his plays and novels, which draw on both Western and indigenous performance traditions, Mda engages with the history of southern Africa during and after apartheid. Writing from a position of exile, as well as from within his native country, he examines the lives of ordinary people and the ways in which they come to terms with the effects of apartheid. Mda has distinguished himself not only as a playwright and novelist, but also as a literary and cultural theorist and activist. He is a significant voice among the many in contemporary South Africa that exploit innovative forms to explore a culture in transition. This book demonstrates the wide range of both Mda's work and its critical reception, with discussions of his fiction and drama by scholars from South Africa, Europe and the USA. The essays reinforce the impression of an original and challenging writer whose creative skills have been used to focus attention on the plight of the underprivileged. This volume provides stimulating reading to anyone with an interest in Zakes Mda, in particular, and in South African writing in general.

Paranoia

Paranoia

Author: David Bell Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/01/2003

Icon's intriguing series of small books on the key ideas of psychoanalysis grows apace with three brand new titles, all by hugely respected authors. David Bell traces the history of understanding paranoia from Freud to the practise of analysis today. Broaching such topics as racism and religion, he explains that paranoia is not simply an individualised neurosis but a social phenomenon that touches us all.

An Introduction to Cybercultures

An Introduction to Cybercultures

Author: David Bell Format: Paperback Release Date: 23/08/2001

An Introduction to Cybercultures provides an accessible guide to the major forms, practices and meanings of this rapidly-growing field. From the evolution of hardware and software to the emergence of cyberpunk film and fiction, David Bell introduces readers to the key aspects of cyberculture, including email, the internet, digital imaging technologies, computer games and digital special effects. Each chapter contains `hot links' to key articles in its companion volume, The Cybercultures Reader, suggestions for further reading, and details of relevant websites. Individual chapters examine: * Cybercultures: an introduction * Storying cyberspace * Cultural Studies in cyberspace * Community and cyberculture * Identities in cyberculture * Bodies in cyberculture * Cybersubcultures * Researching cybercultures

An Introduction to Cybercultures

An Introduction to Cybercultures

Author: David Bell Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/08/2001

An Introduction to Cybercultures provides an accessible guide to the major forms, practices and meanings of this rapidly-growing field. From the evolution of hardware and software to the emergence of cyberpunk film and fiction, David Bell introduces readers to the key aspects of cyberculture, including email, the internet, digital imaging technologies, computer games and digital special effects. Each chapter contains `hot links' to key articles in its companion volume, The Cybercultures Reader, suggestions for further reading, and details of relevant websites. Individual chapters examine: * Cybercultures: an introduction * Storying cyberspace * Cultural Studies in cyberspace * Community and cyberculture * Identities in cyberculture * Bodies in cyberculture * Cybersubcultures * Researching cybercultures

Chushingura and the Floating World The Representation of Kanadehon Chushingura in Ukiyo-e Prints

Chushingura and the Floating World The Representation of Kanadehon Chushingura in Ukiyo-e Prints

Author: David Bell Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/08/2001

Kanadehon Chushingura has been one of the most popular bunraku and kabuki plays. This fascinating study explores the full spectrum of ukiyo-e (floating world) representations of the Chushingura story. Essential reading for all students of Japanese theatre, the history of Japanese art and the social history of Japan.

Presidential Power in Fifth Republic France

Presidential Power in Fifth Republic France

Author: David Bell Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/08/2000

The French Fifth Republic Presidency has emerged as one of the most powerful executives in western society. This book is a study of how the power of the Presidency was created and maintained. It investigates the political skills of the office holders and the way in which the coalition supporting the Presidency has been brought together and sustained (and how it has been, on occasion, lost). The book's analysis of leadership in the Fifth Republic draws out the skills and manipulation of the successive presidents as well as the resources of the cultural and political contexts. Amongst the topics considered as part of the presidential system are the Constitutions, the referendum, foreign policy, Europe, May'68, Giscard d'Estaing's centrist septennate, 'cohabitation' and neo-gaullism. These issues are treated as crucial elements in Presidential power and help to illustrate the foundations of Presidential authority. The main contention is that the presidency has been created and sustained by political acts of a high order which have involved the mobilization of certain symbols, culture, and political forces.

Presidential Power in Fifth Republic France

Presidential Power in Fifth Republic France

Author: David Bell Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/08/2000

The French Fifth Republic Presidency has emerged as one of the most powerful executives in western society. This book is a study of how the power of the Presidency was created and maintained. It investigates the political skills of the office holders and the way in which the coalition supporting the Presidency has been brought together and sustained (and how it has been, on occasion, lost). The book's analysis of leadership in the Fifth Republic draws out the skills and manipulation of the successive presidents as well as the resources of the cultural and political contexts. Amongst the topics considered as part of the presidential system are the Constitutions, the referendum, foreign policy, Europe, May'68, Giscard d'Estaing's centrist septennate, 'cohabitation' and neo-gaullism. These issues are treated as crucial elements in Presidential power and help to illustrate the foundations of Presidential authority. The main contention is that the presidency has been created and sustained by political acts of a high order which have involved the mobilization of certain symbols, culture, and political forces.

Reason and Passion A Celebration of the Work of Hanna Segal

Reason and Passion A Celebration of the Work of Hanna Segal

Author: David Bell Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/01/1997

Hanna Segal is one of the best-known living British psychoanalysts. She was one of the first European psychoanalysts to receive the prestigious Sigourney Award for contributions to psychoanalysis. Her first two books on Melanie Klein are classic texts and she is one of the most influential figures within the British Psychoanalytical Society. Her substantial body of work embraces a large number of published papers and five books. She has made seminal contributions to the understanding of psychosis, the theory of symbolism, aesthetics, literature and politics. Reason and Passion is compiled in honour of Hanna Segal, with papers by a group of internationally renowned psychoanalysts reflecting numerous aspects of her clinical and theoretical work. Set in the context of a biographical introduction by the editor, each paper makes a personal contribution to furthering the theoretical and clinical ideas in her thinking. These ideas have been widely influential in the work of the Tavistock Clinic and thereby in the whole field of mental health. This is the first of two volumes in the Tavistock Clinic Series examining her clinical and theoretical work.

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