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Finishing Mr. Darkness post #1.

Friday, July 24th, 2015

Mr. Darkness by Douglas CleggWell, as promised (to no one in particular), I’ll record my daily issues as I finish up the novel Mr. Darkness. First, my fears with this book all come from the challenges of it:

1. It is a very strange story. Very strange. Even for me.

2. It is whimsical and very dark. See: #1, above.

3. I’m tackling what I consider interstitial scenes, which are always the ones I never want to write but they must be written, because though they’re not the major moments of the novel, they are the major turning points of the character. Or at least, a few of them.

4. I’m mainly interested in as aspects of how memory becomes a series of movies in the dark, and how we live on the inside as much (or moreso) than on the outside.

5. And the goal of course is to convey all this externally, in the world, in the way the world exhibits itself to her (Mina Grigsby, my protagonist), not necessarily in the way the world exists without her..

6. I’ve never written anything this strange.

7. This may be the least commercial novel I’ve ever written, although it may also be the most interesting.

8. Memory and imagination meet and transform each other.

9. The idea of darkness is the idea of what’s behind the movie of memory.

And so at 1 p.m. on this sunny Friday afternoon in July, I go to tackle this and wrestle and rewrite and augment and amplify and illuminate.

Will write about it again either late tonight or tomorrow. If you’re uninterested, just “hide” these posts. I’ll understand!


Dinner with the Cannibal Sisters

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Dinner with the Cannibal Sisters by Douglas Clegg

 New Book Alert!

“In the fall of 1910, several months after Halley’s Comet blazed a corner of the sky, I took the train north to meet the famed Windrow sisters…”

–the first sentence from Dinner with the Cannibal Sisters by Douglas Clegg.




About the Book:

From Douglas Clegg, award-winning author of Neverland and Isis, comes a dark gem about a notorious family — and a feast like no other.

You’re invited to dinner…

In October 1890 authorities discovered two teenaged girls at Bog Farm surrounded by a scene of unimaginable carnage. A legend grew of their cannibalistic night of terror, but young Lucy and Sally were never put to trial and no one has ever before gotten close enough to interview them.

Twenty years later, an inexperienced reporter travels to their New Hampshire farm, determined to shed light upon the events of that night.

Lizzie Borden, Dr. Crippen, the Windrow Sisters — murderers whose mystique has lasted more than a century. But of them all, the tale of the Windrow girls is unrivaled in its legend of depravity and innocence corrupted.