a dark & tasty blog by kl pereira

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Fun Interviews, Horror Writing, and what would Thanksgiving be Without Lecter?

The past few weeks have been filled with all sorts of wonderful insanity.

Anna Clark, creator of the fabulous, NY Times-cited blog, Isak, interviewed me about writing, teaching, art and all sorts of fun stuff. Check it out here. And while you're at it, browse through Anna's astute and compelling posts on tales and truths. This girl really knows how to celebrate both the story and social justice.

I've also been having a blast teaching a wonderful 6 week workshop called: Writing Horror, Making Monsters at Grub Street, wherein a rag-tag band of motley horror writers (captained by yours truly) sails the seas of crafting short horror (and other dark genre works). Perhaps motley isn't the best word for them--these mateys (I'm sorry I have no idea where this pirate theme has come from) are off the plank (err...hook?) with their explorations of the deepest, darkest the human psyche can muster. Rest assured, you will be hearing more from these folks.

And what would the deep, dark be without my favorite doctor? Seriously. We parsed some early Lecter scenes from Silence of the Lambs this week in the aforementioned class and I was stunned at how amazingly and lovingly crafted our Lecter is. It reminds me that there are lots of folks out there who know how important it is to recognize the dark side and go there.

Like Jung said, if you repress the monsters, they'll find a way to come out anyway. You may as well fashion them of paper and ink than of your own flesh and blood. (Ok, Jung said it much more eloquently, this is just my paraphrase).

And with that: Happy Eating!

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