Enter, you. You’re a writer. You’re a horror writer. You’re a woman.
As someone who is writing her own female villain, I would like to suggest a few of the noteworthy “bad girls” that came before her and helped to inspire her – female villains that are authentically scary, violent, and arguably evil.
Title quote from one of my favorite monologues on haunted houses, in Rose Red (which itself is heavily inspired by The Haunting of Hill House). The speaker is, of course, a ghost who embodies the “bad house” in question. The Paris Review has a great essay… Continue Reading ““bad houses hate our warmth and our human-ness””
Philip Roth provides a shrewd class in Literary Analysis 101 – a class that a lot of people (readers and writers) apparently didn’t take. Particularly relevant for people who write about fictional politics and politicians, I might add. Whoever looks for the writer’s thinking in the… Continue Reading ““Do you still think such-and-such? Do you still believe so-and-so?””
“There is nothing in ‘The God of Small Things’ that is at odds with what I went on to write politically over 15 years. It’s instinctive territory.” Arundhati Roy, on being a political writer of fiction and non-fiction
Stumbled upon this neat little interview between two of my favorite film-makers, Joel and Ethan Coen, and my favorite writer, Cormac McCarthy. No idea McCarthy isn’t a fan of magical realism because “it’s hard enough to get people to believe what you’re telling them… Continue Reading “birds of a feather”