Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Boo!

For NaNoWriMo this year, I've decided to write what horror writers should write best: a ghost story. I'm starting out by doing a little research on ghosts. I did some during my lunch break yesterday & am embarrassed to report that I was too scared to use the stairwell for the rest of the day. Old building. Eek!

I read a lot of really cool stuff. I'm intrigued by the stories of "white lady" ghosts. It seems like most cultures/areas have a version of this ghost, usually a woman in white who has tragically lost a husband or a fiance. Also, I was terrified to learn of some ghost stories from Read Hall at Indiana University.

A recap of one bone-chilling tale from IU:
A woman with long black hair and a bloody night gown is said to haunt Read Hall at Indiana University. Legend has it that her medical student boyfriend killed her with a scalpel and hid her body in one of the abandoned tunnels under the building. When questioned by the police, his guilt overcame him and he took them to the body. The woman’s ghost has been seen in several areas of Read Hall.

To think I studied in that creepy basement!

I am hopelessly afraid of ghosts. Yes, I firmly believe I've seen one (a story for another time). So, this November will be rather frightening for me, but it should make for a great story. Here's to entering into the spooky!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Review: Sharp Objects

A friend bought me Sharp Objects for Christmas. She knows me well! I absolutely loved the book and read it quickly - a rarity for me, a hopelessly slow reader. I chose the book for our next book club meeting and can't wait to get feedback from all of the girls.

A short description from Amazon:
Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker’s troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, Camille’s first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.

Since she left town eight years ago, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed again in her family’s Victorian mansion, Camille is haunted by the childhood tragedy she has spent her whole life trying to cut from her memory.

The book is full of both self-inflicted pain and sadistic hurt. Very similar to the themes I like to write, I found the content of the book inspiring & bone chilling. I did stare at the door of our bedroom until I couldn't keep my eyes open many nights. Why do I continually do this to myself?

I did feel that it was a little rushed at the end. A lot more could have went into uncovering the final twist (maybe that's the Stephen King fan in me talking - I'm used to 800 page mysteries.).

The book is truly creepy and psychologically thrilling. The writing is amazing. Each character comes to life subtly but perfectly. The book kept me thinking long after I closed it. It is a worthwhile read.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Happy birthday Stephen King!

Me - minutes before meeting SK
(two days after his 64th birthday)
“The writer must have a good imagination to begin with, but the imagination has to be muscular, which means it must be exercised in a disciplined way, day in and day out, by writing, failing, succeeding and revising.” - Stephen King

Today, Stephen King turns 65. And, he's still writing! An inspiration to me, he has overcome many obstacles to become the well-known author he is today. Aside from his amazing stories, the work he does/has done reminds me that being in a creative industry takes a strong backbone and an acceptance of criticism as a gift. Also, that perseverance is essential when rejection becomes all too familiar.

Here's to many more years of watching a great man terrify generations.