Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Sources to Contemplate

This is what is feeding into my creative process right now:
  • Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, obviously. Particularly the concept of a man cursed with Life-in-Death for some callous, petty action.
  • Tales of the Black Freighter, the comic-within-a-comic in Watchmen. Mainly the battle with the seabirds, the concept of the Black Freighter, and the way the protagonist is cursed to bring horror to the very people he loves.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean, even though I've only seen a few minutes of the movie. It's mainly the clips of skeletal pirates I'm thinking of.
  • Howard's "Hills of the Dead". Solomon Kane discovers a city of the living dead; the dead cannot walk in open daylight because the scavenger birds aren't fooled and swoop down to feast on their flesh.
  • Hellblazer, "On the Beach". The only issue I've ever read. However, the image of the seabirds attacking Constantine's "child" mixes with similar images from the Solomon Kane/Watchmen stories above.
  • Twilight Zone/Night Gallery/EC Comics. A bunch of stories about people who don't know they're dead coming back. Come to think of it, Lovecraft's "The Outsider" is a strong influence here, too.

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