….. of which, it seems, there are 129 who kindly read my scribbles on my blog site.
Friday gone was something of an anti-climax, as I’d been hoping to have been told what my latest literary effort looked like in print: ‘INSANITUS’ (‘INSAN’) for short. However, it was only published on that day, and copies hadn’t been distributed within AUSTIN MACAULEY (AM). Silly me. Always jumping the gun. So, from tomorrow, the fun and games will (should) begin.
My writing has, as such, run its course, but not the business of. This means I’m now into the area of post publishing; this time with ‘INSAN’. Also, waiting in the wings, ‘ARRIVAL’ (The Second Coming!).
Last week, when speaking with my AM “minder” in Marketing, Thomas, he spoke of ‘INSAN’, and in particular, the first novella therein, ‘BLOOD’. Quite a heavy number, dude! He kindly said he enjoyed it, but that he himself couldn’t write it, albeit he himself is a Cambridge English graduate, who had covered Gothic literature as part of his degree studies. It made me think. So, herewith, a little peek for you all into my weird and wonderful (!?) writing world.
‘BLOOD’ is about an unidentified, and very bloody corpse, referred to by the investigating Police Commander as ‘Mister Nobody’. I tell the story twice. First in a conventional style, with, hopefully, a slightly light touch, relying on the why and wherefore of his demise to supply the “distant” horror and gravitas. In the second part, I give full account as to the why of it all, and full-on. Only, this time, from the deceased himself; from his own lips, so to speak, via his own mind: via soliloquy. Why? In truth, I wanted to write a “mood” piece, Gothic style.
I needed a subject. And, where horror is concerned, what better than BLOOD!? I didn’t know much on that score, so took a look on Google. I needed a ‘hook’. That’s to say, a storyline. Did I find one? Didn’t I just. A whole bloody cloakroom full. A genuine medical condition concerning blood and …. the mind. Even better, it isn’t known that well to the general populace at large. Better still, it also provides a certain legitimacy to one that lurks within the realm of Gothic horror; courtesy of a mad Irishman and someone once said to be ‘mad, mad and dangerous to know’!
That’s it. I hope I’ve piqued your interest. Enough to buy the book, sit back, lower the lights and proceed to scare yourselves shitless!!
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