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.
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.