Book: Glimmer by Nicola McDonaghcategories: Book, General Fiction, Horror, Mystery, Humour, Supernatural, Art, Haunting, Love, Obsession, Loss, Redemption, Hope, Yearning, Necromancy, Darkly Humorous
Nicola McDonaghabout this book: Glimmer comprises seven stories that I have been working on for a few years. My intention was to put together a collection of short stories embracing a variety of genres in the hope that they would appeal to a wide audience. Some began life as part of my Creative Writing Diploma and some came about from my dreams, poems I like and allowing my imagination to run wild. They range from supernatural horror to humorous romance, but all have an underlying eccentricity about them (I hope).
The first stanza in Sylvia Plath's poem, Mad Girl's Love Song, influenced the story, 'Glimmer'.
I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead;
I lift my lids and all is born again.
(I think I made you up inside my head.)
I love this image, this self-importance that is at once narcissistic and nihilistic. I wanted to delve into the mind of someone who is totally self-obsessed; who believes in something so completely that everything else is unimportant. I also took some ideas from the first two lines from one of my own poems.
The Answer to Everything
The stars are winking at us,
they know a secret we must have.
I wanted the anthology to be named 'Rousseau's Suburban Jungle' and intended to use one of said artists paintings, 'The Dream' but copyright issues regarding the picture meant that I wasn't be able to use it. So I decided to name the collection 'Glimmer'. I liked the ambiguity and sense of mystery the word conjures up and that seemed to describe the nature of the stories in the collection. The cover design is one of my own photographs. I was looking through my album of photos and this one just jumped out as being interesting and dynamic as well as unusual. A graphic designer friend completed the typeface and specifications and I am thrilled with it.
I have written a brief description to some of the stories below:
A suicidal man is saved from a watery grave when he meets an eccentric artist on the beach, in The Reclaimed Merman.
In Scarecrow a child runs through the fields in a torn and blood stained party dress. She stumbles upon a run down cottage and thinks she has found a haven when the old man invites her to stay.
Be drawn into the dark world of supernatural intrigue in On the Eight Day, where the search for eternal life becomes a deadly battle between good and evil.
In Daub a dying young woman visits her parents’ 17th century home and is haunted by the souls of those who once lived there.
The famous artist, Earnest Thirk is dead. A grieving fan decides to honour his secret last wishes and plans a daring raid on the gallery that houses his one remaining work of art.
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