hi there - do you have any recommendations on how to write stories? any good literature on writing monsters?
i. Read. Read. Feast your eyes on all material potentially useful or interesting — The old age advice ‘write what you know’ translates to ‘you can know everything’ in this new world of easy digital access, if you can bunk down and eat with a hungry heart. Listen: if you want to write monsters, read short stories by Valente and Borges and Mieville; submerge in the theories of Nietzsche and Freud and Ruldolf Otto; borrow deep-sea horror anthologies, and rediscover your grandmother’s collection of folktales that are as old as the earth itself. Flip through today’s newspapers, magazines, and despair but understand and learn to use the collective fears of society, side-by-side with what you’ve dug deep from your darkest nightmares. Swathe yourself in anything and everything that may be related to your work at hand.
ii. Know your words. Think of which appeals to you (inextricable-indelible-incandescent) and dream them into phrases soaking and full of beauty; alternatively, be Spartan and succinct. Words bear the weight of ritual.
iii. On writing the monster narrative: monstrous literature is necessarily vast and in its barest subgenres can range from Ovidian poetry to Gynecology to Mystical Theology. Anything terrifying us by rupturing phantasmal boundaries is, in essence, monstrous. For a contemporary approach, I suggest to start with Cohen’s “Seven Theses” (x), then “Invisible Monsters: Vision, Horror, and Contemporary Culture” by Weinstock (x) as a compatible continuation for a basic introduction.