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