Tag: vampires

  • Cryptobotany and Creepy Trees In Stories and Art

    Cryptobotany and Creepy Trees In Stories and Art

    With their roots reaching deep into the earth, trees encapsulate the tense relationship of history and modernity.

  • Cannibalism in Storytelling

    Cannibalism in Storytelling

    If you wanted to create a scary monster, the scariest ever, how would you go about it?

  • Symbolism of Black, Darkness and Night

    Symbolism of Black, Darkness and Night

    Across the globe, black has negative connotations. This is probably because night-time is black, and historically night-time is the scariest, most dangerous time for humans. Our eyes have evolved for daylight. That’s why I’m combining ‘night’ and ‘black’ when delving into symbolism. Black is not technically a colour, rather an absence of colour. Artists are […]

  • A Glossary Of Vampire Words

    A Glossary Of Vampire Words

    A list of words and concepts related to vampires. First, what do we mean by ‘vampire’?

  • The Symbolism of Broomsticks

    The Symbolism of Broomsticks

    Broomsticks are useful storytelling symbols that serve double duty — they are a symbol of female oppression (tied to the house and the drudgery of housework) but also, by leap of imagination, turn into a vehicle by which to escape. Broomsticks may keep a woman housebound, but also afford the imaginative freedom to fly. Which…

  • Up At A Villa by Helen Simpson Short Story Analysis

    Up At A Villa by Helen Simpson Short Story Analysis

    “Up At A Villa” is a short story by Helen Simpson, opening her 2011 collection In-flight Entertainment. This is a lyrical short story full of symbolism. Cover copy tells us to expect work a la Alice Munro. Of all the stories here, the images in “Up At A Villa” are most reminiscent of Munro —…

  • Werewolves In Storytelling

    Werewolves In Storytelling

    I’ve previously taken a close look at wolves in literature, specifically in children’s stories. Werewolves are a separate archetype from wolves and play a different storytelling role. In folklore and fairytale, werewolves are lunar figures which stand in for cyclic time, alongside. dragons, serpents and related creatures.  THE HISTORY OF WEREWOLVES IN A NUTSHELL Werewolf…

  • Narration and Storytelling: Diegetic Terminology

    Narration and Storytelling: Diegetic Terminology

    Writers  think in terms of point of view: omniscient, third person, first person, second person. Close third person, universal first person and so on. For most purposes, point of view as a concept does fine. But it’s worth taking a brief look at terminology used by narratologists. Every narratologist comes with their own terminology. The…

  • The Ideology Of Persistence In Children’s Literature Analysis

    The Ideology Of Persistence In Children’s Literature Analysis

    If you work hard you will find success. Persistence leads to success is a comforting truism, because we feel the future is under our own control. Work hard, you win. An episode of a Freakonomics podcast provides a strong, economically sound argument for sometimes giving up.  But you’ll be hard pressed to find a book for…

  • Story Structure: Character Shortcoming, Need and Problem

    Most writers are well-aware that a main character needs a shortcoming. Christopher Vogler and other high profile story gurus often talk about a lack: It can be very effective to show that a hero is unable to perform some simple task at the beginning of the story. In Ordinary People the young hero Conrad is…

  • What does Gothic mean in literature?

    What does Gothic mean in literature?

    The Gothic is notoriously difficult to define. This is a type of story in constant flux. Each new literary period adds is own spin. “Gothic” is more like a skin layered upon other genres, most often: horror, romance, science fiction and fantasy. Where does one genre end and the gothic element begin?

  • Retro Kids’ Mystery Story Title Generator

    Retro Kids’ Mystery Story Title Generator

    Long Title First, pick a number between 1 and 24. Now pick two numbers between 1 and 55. 1. The Mystery Of The Old Bungalow 2. The Secret Of The Spooky House 3. The Clue Of The Broken Parrot 4. The Case Of The Black Cave 5. The Crime Of The Hidden Puppet 6. The Curse…