Where do we come up with our ideas, our inspirations for what we write? Usually, I take a little non-fiction horror from my personal life, add some fiction, mix well, and voila: the story is formed. My mind is always on hyper-drive anyway, so a little spark is all it takes. Most anything reminds me of something from my past. Adding in some good, old-fashioned fiction horror makes it fun.
Well, Carole Gill just had to go and upset my apple-cart this weekend. My favorite vampire writer puts up a daily story on the Masters Of Horror group on Facebook about real-life horror committed by truly twisted people. This weekend she wrote one about Fritz The Butcher, a truly nasty individual from early 1900's Germany. The story set off a blast in my brain, and the result is I am now writing a novel based partly on that story with a modern element added. Two countries, two time periods, two demons. Will there be anybody in the story who is good? Ha, ha! You'll have to read it to find out.
I am editing the novel I just completed, writing a sequel to that one, and writing this new novel. Plus I am doing a couple short stories as well. Did I mention editing, beta reading, and seeking out innovative marketing techniques. Thanks, Carole.
Am I abnormal with my ideas, or do you other writers also get strange ideas that just hit you like a ton of bricks demanding to be written? And readers, do you long for off-the-wall stories never told before or perhaps an old monster with a whole new twist? Let me know what you think. Me? I think strange new terror is great. It livens up the arena of our minds.