American Author and Screenwriter
McDowell's earlier works fall into two basic categories -- turn-of-the-century period pieces
and creeping southern
horror stories, often featuring angry ghosts. Gilded Needles
fall into the first category.
All of his novels that I have read are well-written with a nice sense of pace. In lesser hands they would seem slow, but he lets it build patiently. His later work with Tim Burton
seems to have a much more developed sense of humor.