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updated 09/20/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/20/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT

>Mark Frost

TWIN TALENTS

"ALMOST ANYONE YOU TALK TO HAS A story about some sort of encounter with the supernatural," says writer-director Mark Frost, 39. His own brush with the beyond came in his teens, in Minneapolis, when friends took him to the river where a playmate had drowned years earlier. "In a flash of lightning we all saw something—it looked like a person," he says. "But we were running so quickly by that point, I didn't get a chance...."

Over the past few years Frost has been spinning his share of spooky tales, most recently in his first novel, The List of 7, which he describes as a "metaphysical adventure story set in Victorian England." But first came Twin Peaks, the eerie TV series he co-created and cowrote with David Lynch. The show was partly inspired, he says, by the lakeside town in up-state New York where Frost summered as a child and now owns a home. (The divorced author and his dogs, Buddha and Zeus, reside the rest of the time in the Hollywood Hills.) Living there "was like living in a layer cake, there was something down there that had secrets in it," he says. "And as you got older, you heard more stories about the guy who hung himself or the adulterous 30-year affair that everybody knew about."

When not working on the sequel to 7 or planning his next directing project—his first theatrical movie was the '92 New Orleans film noir Storyville—Frost likes to clear out the cobwebs with competitive sports. Last year his fast-pitch softball team, the Twin Peaks, was runner-up for the national title. Recently he started a hockey team, the Spiders. And when all that activity works up an appetite, Frost, like Special Agent Dale Cooper, knows just the ticket. "The coffee was David, the pie was me," he says. "Always was a fan of cherry pie—my grandmother made a great one."

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