A Victim of my Own Fantasy
A writer, especially a science fiction writer, especially a writer of dark fantasy and horror, is victimized by her own imagination. I mean, I’ve read Stephen King of course. I’ve read about him, what he’s written about writing (he’s a masterful, actor, BTW. See him as a cleaner in Sons of Anarchy. He steals the scene). He seems rather sedate in real life. But, I mean, H.P. Lovecraft? Poe? Phillip K. Dick? Had to be madmen.
An undiscovered writer has all the disadvantages of madness, with none of the obvious advantages. He doesn’t have things like money, fame and self-destructive but entertaining habits like wrecking his own sitcom. Still, writing beats tripping on acid, standing on a street corner, and waiting for Mary Magdalene to drive by in a silver VW. Writing is a way to exteriorize the demons. You kick them out of your system, at least for a writing session. Catharsis, the Greek dramatists found, is good for the psyche.
Fantasy as a Stand-in for Real Life
I’ve always been an analyzer, less of a doer. I’d rather watch someone golf than hit a drive. I’d rather see someone surf instead of trying it myself. I prefer watching two people having – … well you get the picture. I like to live in dreams. But from an early age, my imagination boomeranged on me. The only way I could reconcile with the monsters under my bed after making my mom watch Night Gallery with me was to sla- dash those monsters onto a page.
In The Crippy, Mitch Cantsee has done too many drugs, and they’ve rebounded on him. He’s permafried. He can no longer roll the remainder of the fantasies back into the corner of the bag after rendering them into smoke. He has a hard time separating delusion from reality, a phantasm from a fantastic night out on the town. Like me, he’s a victim of his imagination. The only reliable guide he has through the fantastic landscapes of the American Southwest he’s exiled into is the 8 year-old girl, Sam, who’s been pawned to him in a drug trade, and whom he must protect. He’s sworn himself to that.
Do Mitch and Sam, each for their own reasons, share the same delusion? And can they ever get out? Find out at https://www.amazon.com/Crippy-Michael-Just/dp/1533034699/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1518209793&sr=8-1&keywords=the+crippy