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Frost, Mark

Entry updated 20 May 2022. Tagged: Author, TV.

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(1953-    ) US screenwriter, director, producer and author, best known for co-creating the cult Television series Twin Peaks (1990-1991) with David Lynch. The noirish Pacific Rim Gothic of that narrative (see Gothic SF; Horror in SF), which is conveyed in some large measure through a hauntedly immobilized mise en scene, are not carried over to Frost's solo fiction, though the vaguely Steampunk atmosphere of the List of 7 sequence, comprising The List of 7 (1993) and The Six Messiahs (1995), provide some analogous effects. The presence of Arthur Conan Doyle, whose life story differs in some respects from that of the author himself, injects an Alternate History topos into the mildly adventurous mix, which also involves Madame Blavatsky (see Theosophy); the Slingshot Ending of the first volume introduces us to the infant Adolf Hitler, whose mother has survived a tumble into the Reichenbach Falls. The Paladin Prophecy sequence, comprising The Paladin Prophecy (2012), Alliance (2014) and Rogue (2015), narrates through Young Adult eyes a complicatedly paranoia-inducing Alien Invasion tale involving quasi-supernatural beings from another Dimension known as the Never-Was. Frost's professional competence generally keeps his narratives from dwelling in Cliché. [JC]

Mark Frost

born New York: 25 November 1953



List of 7

  • The List of 7 (New York: William Morrow and Company, 1993) [List of 7: hb/Robert Aulicino]
  • The Six Messiahs (New York: William Morrow and Company, 1995) [List of 7: hb/Daniel Horne]

Paladin Prophecy

  • The Paladin Prophecy (New York: Random House, 2012) [Paladin Prophecy: hb/hilts]
  • Alliance (New York: Random House, 2014) [Paladin Prophecy: hb/hilts]
  • Rogue (New York: Random House, 2015) [Paladin Prophecy: hb/hilts]


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