September 7th, 2007


Pride and Sanity – by J P Austen

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that the most merciful thing in the world is the inability of the human mind to correlate its contents. However little known the feelings or views of a man may be on his first reading the Necronomicon, this truth is so well fixed in the structure of the human mind, that he will consider it the ravings of some or other charlatan.

"My dear Professor Armitage," said his graduate student to him one day, "Have you heard that the old Whateley place is let at last?"

Professor Henry Armitage replied that he had not.

"But it is," returned she, "for Doctor Wilmarth has just been here, and he told me all about it."

The Professor made no answer.

"Do not you want to know who has taken it?" cried the grad student impatiently.

"You want to tell me, and I have no objection to hearing it. This was invitation enough.

"Why, Sir, you must know, the Doctor says that the Whateley Place is taken by a young man of large fortune from Innsmouth; that he came down on Monday to see the place, and was so much delighted with it that he agreed immediately; that he is to take possession before Halloween and some of his servants are to be in the house by the end of next week."

By king_in_amber on
Give me rock or give me death

Dirty Thirties and how to write pulp.

Apart from being a reasonable resource on America in the 30's, the Dirty Thirties website also has an excellent paper by Lester Dent on how to write pulp fiction.

6,000 words is what it takes to deliver pulpy goodness and each 1,500 has a particular purpose.

Initial quarter
SO FAR: Does it have SUSPENSE?
Is there a MENACE to the hero?
Does everything happen logically?

Subsequent quarter
NOW: Does second part have SUSPENSE?
Does the MENACE grow like a black cloud?
Is the hero getting it in the neck?
Is the second part logical?

Penultimate quarter
DOES: It still have SUSPENSE?
The MENACE getting blacker?
The hero finds himself in a hell of a fix?
It all happens logically?

Final quarter
HAS: The SUSPENSE held out to the last line?
The MENACE held out to the last?
Everything been explained?
It all happen logically?
Is the Punch Line enough to leave the reader with that WARM FEELING?
Did God kill the villain? Or the hero?

I feel almost tempted to give it a go. Anyone with me?