Freaky Friday–M.R. James

Doing something slightly different today in that I thought I’d introduce one of my favorites: Author M.R. James. I first read his Casting the Runes in college and never forgot its creepy vibe.

From Wikipedia:

M. R. James, was an English mediaeval scholar and provost of King’s College, Cambridge (1905–1918), and of Eton College (1918–1936). He is best remembered for his ghost stories, which are regarded as among the best in the genre. James redefined the ghost story for the new century by abandoning many of the formal Gothic clichés of his predecessors and using more realistic contemporary settings. However, James’s protagonists and plots tend to reflect his own antiquarian interests. Accordingly, he is known as the originator of the “antiquarian ghost story”.

Spooky Isles recently celebrated this great’s birthday–back in August.

http://www.spookyisles.com/2012/08/happy-birthday-m-r-james/

James, along with Poe, and Shelley, and Lovecraft comprise my circle of favorite creepy authors. If you haven’t read Casting the Runes, you should.

Enjoy and have a freaky Friday. ;)

Next Big Thing–The WIP

Good morning, all.

To the gals that sent me this meme, I’m sorry this is late. The thing is,I’ve gotten at least three of these this week and I’m sure my poor readers don’t want that kind of repetition. So here we go. Next Big Thing post two: The WIP.

This one’s from Celia Breslin
What is your working title of your book?

My title is The Wedding list.

Where did the idea come from for the book?
A call for submissions which I missed, and a Kate Bush song.

What genre does your book fall under?
At the moment, epic fantasy.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Have no idea.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
It’s too early to say: A guy and a girl do some stuff. Or less cheeky answer, a baker and a musician are trying to get a spot in the princess’s wedding entourage.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Don’t know yet. Could go either way depending on a lot of things.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
I’m still working on it. Thus far, I started it in July and put it aside until just two weeks ago. So…maybe four weeks all told?

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I have no idea yet. Baker’s Boy by J.V. Jones jumps to mind but only because of the occupation of the heroine, with maybe a dash of Susan Krinard.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?
The Kate Bush song The Wedding List.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Heck at this point, I don’t even know if it’s going to keep my interest let alone anyone else’s. ;) But I intend it to be a rip-roaring story of magic and mayhem as usual. Stay tuned. Who knows whether or not it’ll make that coveted manuscript length at this point. Don’t you just hate WsIp sometimes? ;)

As for my tags, let’s see. Laura Yirak (who tagged me for another one), S.G. Rogers, and Calisa Rhose, and Celia Breslin.

Large Biped Winged Creature Seen In Butler County PA | Ghost Theory

A little something weird for your holiday weekend. What do you think of this? Personally, I think it’d make a great book. Can’t you just see this  thing being the product of an overzealous mad scientist? Maybe one drunk on a little too much turkey and stuffing? ;) Okay, jokes aside. Read on and see what you think about this week’s Freaky Friday offering:

Large Biped Winged Creature Seen In Butler County PA | Ghost Theory.

Thanksgiving

There is no sincerer love than the love of food. ~George Bernard Shaw

You say grace before meals. All right. But I say grace before the concert and the opera, and grace before the play and pantomime, and grace before I open a book, and grace before sketching, painting, swimming, fencing, boxing, walking, playing, dancing and grace before I dip the pen in the ink. ~G. K. Chesterton

What we’re really talking about is a wonderful day set aside on the fourth Thursday of November when no one diets.  I mean, why else would they call it Thanksgiving?  ~Erma Bombeck, “No One Diets on Thanksgiving,” 26 November 1981

Give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way.  ~Native American Saying

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Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! I hope you have much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving day.  I’m thankful for…you, my friends and family.