|The Black Doll|
Author has written 9 stories for Fairy Tales, Twilight, Northanger Abbey, Godzilla, and Batman.
Background (statement of intent)
Well, as you might have guessed, I am a fan of the late, great and slightly deranged Edward Gorey. I would like to think that a Goreyesque sensibility permeates my fiction, but that would be presumptuous. The other description I like to apply is 'P G Wodehouse with sex and violence', but comparing myself to The Master is even more presumptuous. However, some of the more recent pieces have become much more, well, serious.
Anyway, key influences (or at least people whose work I like a lot, I wouldn't dare compare myself with any of them) are P G Wodehouse, Terry Pratchett, Christopher Moore, Mel Brooks and, of course, Jane Austen.
The Stories (detail)
So, what can you expect of me? Absurdity, yes, insanity certainly, comedy I hope, parody and satire most definitely. Hopefully a good time, albeit a slightly deranged and rather sexy good time.
Basically, if it's there, I'll parody it. But it has to give me something to work against. So, I'm currently having great fun taking on 'Twilight' (which I detest, and was unable to finish) in a series of parodies where Bella abruptly develops a personality and is no longer content simply to adore her Edward. See 'Bella's Unnatural Urges', 'Bella la Belle' and 'Bella Triumphans'. Fourth instalment to come soon.
As for 'The Horror in Toyko', knowing I was stuck for a plot and that I am a fan of the Clangers, SpaceAnJL suggested having the Clangers invade Earth and be fought off with specially bred moths. Which in my mind turned into Mothra, i.e. Clangers vs Godzilla and friends. And then the piping Clanger voice reminded me of the Great Old Ones in 'The Mountains of Madness', hence the eventual line-up of Clangers vs Godzilla vs Cthulhu. There, I bet you didn't want to know that.
The Austen pieces are a bit different. One of them ('The Thing in the Teapot') is riotous and very silly. I hope that Jane can forgive me for what I've done with her characters in this one, but the thought of Catherine Morland, the fan of all things Gothic, meeting the creations of H P Lovecraft, master of the Gothic, was impossible to resist. The other piece ('Catherine at Woodston') is much more gentle, and is intentionally written in an Austen-like style (in as far as anyone can aspire to imitate her). It derives from a dream I had which offered an alternate version of some of the events at the end of the novel. And, unusually for me, there's no sex, violence or bad language, though there is still humour. I'm rather proud of it.
The DC Universe stories are a new departure. 'Harley and Ivy take Arkham' came about because I was a bit upset at the way these two charming ladies were being treated in the recent shake-up, and decided to give them a proper send-off that they could be proud of. There is also a new, and very much more serious, piece on Power Girl coming out very soon.
This is a bit complex. I invent a lot of my characters, but I borrow some characters (and species) from other writers. So Catherine Morland, Henry Tilney, Bella Swan, Edward Cullen, Godzilla, Cthuhlu, the Clangers, Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy et al and the Fungi from Yuggoth are borrowed, and I claim no ownership of them. I do, however, claim the right to play games with them.
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