Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Lab #3: Heart of a small boy

This may be the last chance I have of setting this particular exercise, since we might expand to more people by the next lab. So here goes...

1. Write an excerpt from a novel. Remember the excerpt bit: We are not aiming for completeness of plot. We are specifically aiming for the appearance of an ongoing story, the feel that things have started before this excerpt and will be resolved sometime in the future.

2. The genre must be 'horror'. You are welcome to imitate your favourite horror-type writer's style and vocabulary: Stephen King, H.P.Lovecraft, Edgar Allen Poe, Robert Bloch, Aahat scriptwriters, R.L.Stine. Or you could create your own horror-type style.

3. Now the fun bit. There must be a description, preferably in detail, of a specific character somewhere in your excerpt. I hereby nominate 'Dada', whom we all know from our - er - common software company experiences, as the compulsory character. You can make him whatever you like - a ghost, a vision, a painting, whatever.

4. One final constraint. A much watered down version of George's exercise. The word 'Miasma' must appear somewhere, anywhere in your post. >:)

5. Due date is proposed as 15th September.

PS. The title comes from Robert Bloch : "Despite my ghoulish reputation, I really have the heart of a small boy. I keep it in a jar on my desk."

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Blogger Abhishek said...

hey, i'm shadowing this lab at Strategeion.
a) Don't have much horror reading experience. So if you find the style to be uninspired that's probably because of my ignorance rather than any deliberate effort.
b) have no clue as to the 'dada' guy. Just went ahead and substituted that to be 'the deposed prince'

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