Have I mentioned lately that I love Twitter? Well, I do. I find some of the greatest stuff there! For example, today I haven’t even been on Twitter, but I got an email from them with tweets I may be interested in. (You know the one I’m talking about). Typically, I just delete the email and move on. Really, I get too many emails (especially since I started applying for jobs online, 30 emails a day with results from job searches!). This time the title Neil Gaiman Follows the Guiding Light of Instinct caught my attention, and I opened it up. My mom may read this and see a bit of inspiration from him in the story I just gave her to edit (it is based on something her sister told her that scared her when she was little. Oh yeah, she’s thrilled to be my editor on this one). Seriously though, I love reading his stuff. The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Fragile Things, Stardust, Smoke & Mirrors…really, I haven’t found anything I didn’t enjoy.
This New York Times article delves into a bit of why we like to be scared by horror and frightening stories, they discuss his Carnegie Hall performance that is coming up the end of June, and his creative process. His thought process as a kid reminds me a lot of myself. I was always thinking of “what-if” scenarios…then torturing my sister with them. When I asked if she thought I could scare someone in 2,000 words or less she didn’t even pause. She interrupted me with a resounding “Yes, definitely!”. If anyone would know, she would. I practiced on her for our entire childhood…maybe I still use her as a guinea pig. (Sometimes, I wonder why my family puts up with me. I just gave my mom her childhood boogeyman to edit for me…hmm…best not ponder this one too much.)
The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains has been released in a special edition with the Eddie Campbell artwork, and, for those of you lucky enough to attend the Carnegie Hall performance, you’ll get to hear him read this to music by FourPlay string quartet and see the artwork. You can purchase an edition of the book with illustrations by Eddie Campbell as well. (Since not all of us can score tickets to Carnegie Hall…) If you are attending this show, please email me or comment to tell me about it!
Did you ever play the “what if” game? You know, making up terrible scenarios and stuff?
‘Til next time,