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Saturday, 8 October 2011

Midwinterblood Blog Trail: The Unquiet Grave

I am delighted to be taking part in the Seven Event Midwinterblood Blog Trail. Here is the extraordinarily talent Marcus Sedgwick with a guest post for you to enjoy.

Short stories and twisted tales.

I love stories. I’m a writer, so that probably sounds a bit stupid. Of course I like stories, but I really really like short stories. So when I wrote this book which is composed of seven parts, each one like a short story, I also decided it would be fun to take things even further, and have a story within a story. The Unquiet Grave, the fifth part of the book, and whose titles derives from an old English folk ballad, is a ghost story, told from within a ghost story. If that sounds complicated, it isn’t too bad when you read it, I hope, though it did cause me a few headaches at the time. It is also the world’s first lesbian ghost story, though I would love to be proved wrong about that, and probably will be. (Answers on a virtual postcard, please!)

That’s why I like short stories: you can do odd things within them, experiment a bit, try things you might not want to risk trying in a whole book. Many writers made almost their whole career out of them: Poe would be a good example, many writers wrote many alongside their longer works: such as Hawthorne, and many writers never touch the form at all. The short story is particularly suited to certain genres as well, I find: science-fiction and ghost stories must be among the best examples. So The Unquiet Grave is my small offering to the traditional ghost story, with a couple of slight twists.

- Marcus Sedgwick – 8 October 2011
Photo by Kate Christer

Thank you Marcus. My favourite short stories are those of Angela Carter. But I really think I should read more.

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If you’d like to know more about Midwinterblood, you can find my review HERE.

2 comments:

brizmus said...

Unlike Marcus, I tend to not like short stories so much. And yet, I'm intrigued by this ghost story within a ghost story - a story within a story within a story. That sounds like something I could get into!

Irena @ This Miss Loves to Read said...

Oh, I feel so excited about this post! I am a big fan of short stories, and I love the author's explanation as to why they are good to write - as well as read. I will definitely check out his own ghost stories.