Three events yesterday inspired this post.
First, I learned that my Monday SleuthSayer co-conspirator, Jan Grape, is sick, and I volunteered to fill in for her today.
Second, while I considered what to write about, David Edgerley Gates commented on FaceBook that an editor has accepted another of his stories and has no problem with the opening scene being a lap dance but doesn't like the title "Heavy Breathing."
|Sorry, David, I could be censored for using the other lap dance illustrations I found.|
Warning: This video will make you laugh if you have a slightly bawdy sense of humor and will appreciate the mention of chickens and Kool Whip and handcuffs.
So, though I occupied this spot just last Monday and your name isn't Margaret, it's me again. I'm back in less than the usual two weeks' time.
A Broad Abroad sent me an email with a link: Grammar to hammer: Horror writers use every trick from aliens to zombies. Lynne Truss chose a talking cat.
Cat Out of Hell, her first comic-gothic novella, was released February 27, 2014. A Google review describes it as "the mesmerising tale of a cat with nine lives, [sic] and a relationship as ancient as time itself and just as powerful."
I confess I laughed out loud at that comma. The [sic] is mine. Aren't "a cat with nine lives" and "a relationship" simply compound objects of the preposition "of"? If so, why would there be a comma there? I personally would be embarrassed and fearful of punctuation errors when speaking of Ms. Truss. If I'm wrong, please correct me.
I warned you that sometimes my mind bounces around, and there it went again. Back to subject: A Broad Abroad's link is to an interview with Ms. Truss. I won't summarize it in detail, but it's well worth reading. Of special interest to me is her reference to Steve French's Horror Writing 101: How to Write a Horror Novel. I wish I'd known about that before I sent my horror effort to my agent. (David Dean, are you familiar with that guide?)
On Ms. Truss's website, she says:
My big news is that I have written a comic horror
novella for Random House's Hammer imprint--this
is my first novel for about fifteen years, and writing
it did feel like coming home at last. It's called Cat
Out of Hell and published on February 27. It is also
a Radio 4 Book at Bedtime for two weeks in March,
It concerns the mystery of a missing woman, a talking
cat called Roger, a remote seaside cottage, and a
nice retired librarian with a dog called Watson. I
fell in love with Roger, because he is not only
handsome and evil, but terribly, terribly clever. But,
of coursed, Watson is the hero because he is a dog."
Jan, I hope you're soon well. David Edgerley Gates, can't wait to read that story. A Broad Abroad, thanks for a topic for today. Everyone, I'm ordering Cat Out of Hell and will let you know what I think after reading it.
Until we meet again, take care of… you!