I’m struggling to kill the children – a statement that were I not a teller of tall tales would no doubt have my collar very robustly felt!
Context officer, context!
I’m just that, a teller of tall tales whose imagination took him down a very dark alleyway, a narrative that added to the existing tale, and then took it somewhere very nasty.
A stop over in a town to recover from a snake bite, a small town with a nasty dark secret, a town determined to protect both its ‘shame’ and the profit it generates…
As a thread to the tale, it is a good addition, but as a subject to write I find myself in a conflict between what is ‘art’ and what is my emotional reaction to the subject matter.
I have added, deleted, and then re added these passages time after time.
The telling is good, the descriptive powerful, but the subject awful…
It’s a bizarre conflict.
I can imagine the scenario, scribble away to capture my imagination, yet sit repulsed by the results.
We do indeed suffer for our art!