The Macabre World of Esc.

The stories listed under the banner of Macabre Tales are meant for a slightly more mature audience. As I explained on the homepage, many of the sociological aspects of the populations in these stories are influenced by my studies in anthropology. This is particularly so in The Solar Dawn, which is meant to be a light anthropology of a fictional society as recounted by the main character. As for Alice in Wonderland, I have always been fascinated by the world of Lewis Carroll and I am an avid collector of limited versions of his books. The purely abstract nature of his writing is very appealing, in my opinion, as there is little logical reasoning behind it. Therefore, descriptions and explanations can be passed over in favour of a free-flowing, phantasmagorical narrative. There are few restrictions for the writer in these stories and they are immensely enjoyable to create. Insanity (or the inability to reason), to me, is one of the few things that terrifies me. That is why I have written my own version of Alice with a more macabre edge.  Strangely, although Alice’s adventures are pretty much as irrational as is possible, I find the original story comforting. It is a dichotomy I have never been able to understand in myself.

The One on the Black Horse is a short story inspired, at least in part, by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. For a long time, Mr. Pratchett was my best-loved author. The Discworld series is an extraordinary feat for a writer. In creating an entire world (one could say solar system) for himself, the author has succeeded in providing infinite possibilities for story-lines. Firstly: the setting of the scene and an introduction to the Discworld (in The Colour of Magic and The Light Fantastic); then the addition of several mains set of characters who, through subsequent books, interact and create yet further sub-plots (for example: Mort, Guards Guards, Equal Rites). With the base characters in place, Mr. Pratchett now has free reign to elaborate on his invented world (books have been written on the banking system of the Discworld, the Post Office, the Newspapers, the Film Industry, the Assassin’s Guild…the list could go on). My Black Horse short is a more serious portrayal of Mr. Pratchett’s comical sketch of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.  Neil Gaiman takes a different angle in his Sandman series.

One Response to “The Macabre World of Esc.”

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