I realized that I haven't shared any updates on my writing in a very long time! That doesn't mean I haven't been busy. In fact, I have been very busy and finished a couple of stories lately as well as edited my German novel and made progress with my English novel. At the moment, I'm working on my first Science Fiction story, which is very exciting. I have written a couple of Speculative Fiction stories before but they were always set in a familiar context spiced with surreal elements. Now, for the first time I get to invent the whole scenery and create my own world.
Science Fiction isn't my favorite genre when it comes to pleasure reading, but I have read some of the classics. My favorites are the dystopian stories like This Perfect Day by Ira Levin, or George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four but I also enjoyed the stories and novels by Ray Bradbury. As social anthropology is one of my major academic interests, Social Science Fiction appeals to me more than Hard-SF with lots of technical details. Either way, I sometimes wonder if writing a dystopian story still makes sense. As we see on the news every day, science has already nearly trespassed any limits of our imagination and made many of our worst nightmares come true.
Here's my personal playlist for Science Fiction themed songs:
The beauty of
In 1800, the German poet, writer and philosopher Georg
Philip Friedrich von Hardenberg (1772-1819), who called himself
"Novalis", wrote his "Hymnen
an die Nacht". With this poetic cycle, he built an important bridge that transcended
the religious lyric poetry of the baroque era and lead to a broader horizon
where not only meter but also social norms were set free. By associating the night
with beauty and justifying drugs in order to enter another sphere where the
lover could be united with the dead bride, he found a way to overcome death and
express the inexpressible.
It must have been about ten years old, when I first read The Hound of the Baskervilles" and as many dark stories thereafter it had left quite an impression on me. Above all I particularly remember the gloomy atmosphere and landscape, which felt so exotic and exciting to me. I had never been to England, nor had I ever seen the moorland. Though we often read about sceneries we’ve never seen or that may not even exist in reality, we create these in our minds like an amateur movie. That's one of the great things about reading: it gives us limitless freedom to use our imaginations , while films take most of this creative process out of our hands and feed us with pre-casted pictures.
And what if we did have the opportunity to go and see these places we have read about? Would it be a disappointment, to recreate the scrapbooks we have put together in our minds?
I couldn't resist.
Dark is sexy
One of the things I like about Horror Fiction is that there are so many branches growing from its gnarled trunk.
There is the Science Fiction oriented Horror Story, the Gothic Story playing with archetypical fears, the psychological horror, the speculative horror, the splatter story, the vampire story, ghost stories and monster tales. The variety of ways in which the horror is presented is as extensive as the emotions the stories trigger. Some of these stories make you so scared and uneasy that you will keep the lights on at night because you can almost feel the invisible creatures lurking in the darkness of your bedroom. Other tales might make you sad because they remind you of something you have experienced or an injustice you have witnessed.
But then, there are also those stories, dark and horrible as they are, which dare put words to your most sinister dreams and excite you in ways you might be ashamed to admit.