Author: Henry Anderson
What Our Monsters Possibly Might Tell Us
There are monsters around this time of year. Creatures of folklore and horror fiction. All of them presumably had creators at some point -people who had to puzzle and make creative decisions about their monstrous imaginary progeny.
The Nurse Who Would Not Meet My Eye
The nurse would not meet my eye. Somehow that seemed fraught with meaning. “I am so dead,” I thought.
Some Interesting Locations In “The Mouth”
A few locations that inspired my new novel (and thus became imaginary places whose similarities to actual real places are entirely co-incidental) The Maunsell Sea Forts The Maunsell Sea Forts are armed towers built in the Thames and Mersey estuaries during the Second World War.
Triumph of the Goths!
Gothic was named after the Visigoths, the barbarian European tribes who defeated and sacked Ancient Rome.
Edgar Allan Poe and “Genre” Writing.
Edgar Allan Poe’s short story “The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar” was published in 1845. In the story a mesmerist (a kind of hypnotist) puts a dying man called Valdemar in a suspended hypnotic state at the moment of death.
Kenostic vs. Heuristic Storytelling
I once attended a lecture on the Polish-born English novelist Joseph Conrad. The lecturer talked about two types of text.