Enter, you. You’re a writer. You’re a horror writer. You’re a woman.
There’s not a lot more I have to say about “Wish You Were Here” that I didn’t already tell Christian Coleman in my interview – he even asked about the inevitable playlist. So I’ll just share the full list – a mix of tongue-in-cheek commentary… Continue Reading ““Wish You Were Here” [the playlist]”
“There is a Bear in the Woods” is named after a Ronald Reagan campaign ad, from 1984. It’s a classic in high-strategy fear-mongering, and I recommend watching it while listening to the soundtrack to The Witch, for full horrific effect. My story, “There is a… Continue Reading ““There is a Bear in the Woods” [the playlist]”
In college I tried to argue that Peter Pan was a post-colonial fable. I based this on the scene where the revolutionary but already somewhat dictatorial Peter, having defeated the imperialistic Captain Hook, puts on Hook’s coat and hat, pantomimes a hook with his hand, and… Continue Reading ““Pro Patria!” [the playlist]”
From George Orwell‘s essay “Why I Write”: I cannot say with certainty which of my motives are the strongest, but I know which of them deserve to be followed. And looking back through my work, I see that it is invariably where I lacked… Continue Reading “good prose is like a windowpane”
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