« Poetry is the past that breaks out in our hearts ». (Rilke)
Oh, yes, zombies. They’re mindless, shambling; they’re coming for your brains… And then things will never be the same.
It’s also a powerful metaphor. Trust Margaret Atwood to explore it! And not only in The Happy Zombie Sunrise Home, the horror fiction series she’s writing for Wattpad in collaboration with Naomi Alderman, and which was announced Wednesday worldwide.
There’s also Thriller Suite, a collection of poems by Atwood, also published on Wattpad, in which my favourite is this one:
There you have it: zombies.
Didn’t you always suspect?
« Poetry is the past
that breaks out in our hearts »
like a virus, like an infection.
How many poems occur about
the dead one who isn’t dead,
the lost one who semi-persists…
« Zombie Poetry Zombie », by Margaret Atwood. Free to read on Wattpad, both the website and the app. Click, enjoy and… shiver.
(Hat tip: @bibliomancienne, ActuaLitté.)
Short and pithy: both a summary and a critique, by Martin Sutherland (@sunpig) on Twitter:
Via Abi on Making Light. (With discussion, links and rants in the comment thread. Spoilers included, of course!)
Oh, and what is this « Chekov’s gun » he’s referring to, you say? Why, it’s a narrative technique so well known in the biz that not only is it rarely explained any more, but it’s spawned several tropes of its own…
And just so you know, I’m talking indie editions of major sci-fi/horror writers here: three authors, C. J. Cherryh, Jane Fancher and Lynn Abbey, have joined forces to re-issue some of their classic but out-of-print titles as e-books under the Closed Circle banner – with revised texts, new cover art, and (need it to be said?) no DRM whatsoever! All that for very reasonable prices, and secure payments through Paypal. A fan’s dream come true.
Three authors on the web
Several titles have already been published, including Cherryh’s Faery Moon (a dark, Celtic flavored fantasy novel) and the classic SF titles Heavy Time and Hellburner. (Yes, I’m a huge Cherryh fan, how did you guess?)
And then, there’s Lynn Abbey‘s fantasy novels and short stories, and Jane Fancher’s Ringdancers series, and the freebies (short fiction, flyers, etc.) and the bazaar, a.k.a. the Cafepress annexe, and…
And, oh yes, the authors/editors/webmistresses have managed to re-issue two particularly delicious titles just in time for Halloween: the (long out of print, shame on the publishers) Russian-themed fantasy/ghost story Rusalka, by C. J. Cherryh, and Jane Fancher’s Blood Red Moon, this one being (you guessed it) a vampire story. A modern, urban one. With a cat.
Need I say more?