Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Guest Blogger - Keri Clark


ZOMBIES HAVE FEELINGS TOO.

From Frankenstein's monster to fairies, from Edward Cullen to Jacob Black, supernatural creatures have long fascinated readers--and stirred the imaginations of writers. What is it about these characters that appeal to us?

I think part of the attraction is that they tap into some very real human emotions--such as the desire to be understood and accepted, and the need to belong. And here's where the juicy conflict comes in: The fanged, winged, furry and undead are often forced to hide their true nature from the human world, which keeps them perpetual outsiders.

I wanted to explore this theme in my latest mystery short story, "I'll Sleep When I'm Dead." The protagonist, Caitlin McCarty, is a zombie. But she's not one of those stumbling, brain-eating rogue zombies. Instead, she injects herself with formaldehyde on a daily basis, which allows her to pass as human. She has a decent job, a nice condo, and even a murder mystery to solve. Unfortunately, like Frankenstein's poor monster, Caitlin is doomed to remain on the outside looking in.

In what ways do paranormal characters appeal to you as a reader? As a writer?

Supernaturally yours,
Keri
("I'll Sleep When I'm Dead" is available from Sniplits: http://tiny.cc/zombie-story)




     

4 comments:

  1. I love the message of this post, Keri, and the discussion of the parallel needs of the supernatural creatures and us flawed, fumbling humans. I think by keeping the connection between what a vampire wants in a story and what a reader wants from life is incredibly effective. Congratulations! BTW, I ordered the story, listened to it from Sniplits and it was great! My favorite part: the image of Angelina's full lips on a platter!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Thank you so much for the kind words, Rebbie--and for giving the story a try!

    ReplyDelete
  3. I great story idea, Keri--as usual! On a related note, I'm currently reading The Zen of Zombie, recommended to me by Barbara Emrys. It's a hoot! A motivational book based on zombies. It might spark another story if you read it. :)
    (it's by Scott Kenemore - like the dishwasher, only with another E)

    ReplyDelete
  4. Thanks for the recommendation, Kaye! Sounds like a terrific read. Off to check it out . . .

    (For those who don't know, Kaye is full of great story ideas herself. She's an Agatha Award-nominated short story writer!)

    ReplyDelete

Review: Chesapeake Crimes: Fur, Feathers and Felonies by Donna Andrews and Shari Randall

Each story in this collection features an animal as an important part of the story. Some of my favorite stories were "As the Crow F...