I don’t remember exactly how I found The Enigma of Amigara Fault (maybe it found me…), but the story and graphic depictions of horror immediately captured my imagination and sent my stomach into that pit of despair reserved for only the best horror fiction. Remember the first time you saw the chestburster scene in Alien or the bit where The Thing bites off the scientist’s hands? That’s Junji Ito.
I’m two weeks (alright, thirteen days) into my daily writing challenge and I’ve already learnt a lot. As a bonus, this milestone has also given me an excuse to write a listicle. Interestingly, Google’s spell check doesn’t recognise the word ‘listicle’ and instead tries to substitute it for the word ‘testicle.’ I leave you to decide whether this has any bearing on the content you’re about to read.
Flowers for Algernon tells the story of Charlie Gordon, a man of low IQ who is volunteered to take part in an experimental treatment to increase his intelligence. But the treatment works too well, turning Charlie into an unparalleled genius and giving him a window into the soul of humanity.
I’ve hit day 10 of my 1000 word a day writing challenge, and I’ve hit a brick wall with my current short story. I’m 10,000 words into what will probably turn out to be a 5000-ish word short story, and I’ve run out of steam. Not with writing, just with this story in particular.
In the late-90s there was a television show on Channel 4 in the UK called For the Love of…. Each week the show’s presenter, Jon Ronson, of The Men Who Stare at Goats fame, would tentatively guide panel discussion with a group of people who had a strange or unusual passion.