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.
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The nurse would not meet my eye.
Somehow that seemed fraught with meaning.
“I am so dead,” I thought.
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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.
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Gothic was named after the Visigoths, the barbarian European tribes who defeated and sacked Ancient Rome.
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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.
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I once attended a lecture on the Polish-born English novelist Joseph Conrad. The lecturer talked about two types of text.
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