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Finding My Muse

Posted: Mon Apr 27, 2015 3:33 am
by eric_marsh
The mud in the trench has turned to ice. The cold has taken the edge off the smell of decomposition. I've lived in this hell for two years now.

We go over the top. Artillery shells explode above us. Suddenly, red hot agony cuts through me. As I fall I see my blood splashing the ground before everything goes dark.

Opening my eyes I take off the psychic amplification headset.

We live in a perfect world and we have lost the ability to create art.

Focusing on the horror that I felt, I pick up my pen and begin composing.

Re: Finding My Muse

Posted: Tue Apr 28, 2015 9:23 pm
by strawman
No need for a psychic amplification headset when you've got eric marsh.

Re: Finding My Muse

Posted: Tue Apr 28, 2015 10:09 pm
by eric_marsh

Re: Finding My Muse

Posted: Wed Apr 29, 2015 12:19 am
by miniscreams
I think this one should be selected for narration.

Re: Finding My Muse

Posted: Wed Apr 29, 2015 12:53 am
by eric_marsh
Thanks - the idea was inspired by Offenbach's The Tale's of Hoffman. The opera has three acts and in each of them Hoffman's muse/foil tears away the women that Hoffman loves and makes him suffer so as to drive him to greater creativity.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4xaEROTSUA

Incidentally¸ E.T.A. Hoffman was a real person and is one of the earlier writers of what might be called strange fiction.

http://weirdfictionreview.com/by/e-t-a-hoffmann/

Re: Finding My Muse

Posted: Fri May 01, 2015 12:21 am
by miniscreams
Well that sent me down a pretty interesting ETA Hoffman rabbit hole. Not only was he an actual writer but his story "The Sand-man' inspired Freud to write 'The Uncanny'.

But back to your drabble... I know that my interest in horror is somehow associated with my living a very safe and protected life. Horror is just a play thing to experience more edges of humanity than I would allow in my real life. I rely on artists to hand me that while I sip wine in my jammies. Your story reminded me of that reliance. :D

Re: Finding My Muse

Posted: Fri May 01, 2015 6:05 am
by eric_marsh
Not too surprisingly, some of E.T.A. Hoffman's tales are used in Offenbach's the Tales of Hoffman though they were modified for the opera. In the second story Hoffman falls in love with Dr. Coppelius's wind up mechanical doll Olimpia. The third act is (with the famous Barcarolle) is set in a Venetian brothel and Hoffman falls in love with a courtesan who is paid to trap his soul in a mirror.

Coppelius's doll from the Sandman is also used in the ballet Coppélia.

I found a collection of his stories in a free ebook and I read a few of them - guess I need to dig deeper myself.


Re: Finding My Muse

Posted: Mon May 11, 2015 1:57 pm
by Chairman Goodchild
Nice drabble. I'll have to add E.T.A Hoffman to my extensive backlog of authors to read.

Re: Finding My Muse

Posted: Wed May 13, 2015 8:05 pm
by MordaciousOne
Could I attempt a reading of this? I'm trying to break into voice/audio stuff, and I'd really like giving this dribble a try.

Re: Finding My Muse

Posted: Thu May 14, 2015 1:13 am
by eric_marsh
Absolutely!