March 24, 2009

Naming my Characters

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I usually feel very inadequate in this role. My names usually seem way too simple and I seldomly put little effort into it. Sometimes as I get to know the character the name changes because it seems to fit better. I know there are all the recommended ideas of using baby books and such, but I wonder – how do you name your characters?

Recently I was very proud of myself for naming a character. When I learned Neil Gaiman had a new book coming out called The Graveyard Book, one of the first thoughts before even learning what the book was about was, ‘if I wrote a story about graveyard, what would I write about?’ That is how The Gravedigger came to be. After I was finished, and wasn’t really pleased with the names of the characters, I considered how I could find more suitable names and thought, ‘hmmmm…I wonder…’ As a kind of homage to Neil, I thought I would look for some name options from the book. Obviously I love the name Bod, but since that was so distinctive to this book, I couldn’t use it. I was, however, able to find some other names that with a little bit of tweaking, worked well in my own story.


November 11, 2008

My TOP 25 Horror Books

With the Halloween season just ending, I found myself curious of what my Top 25 Horror books are. I went through some of the books I have read and tried to figure out what are my favorites. I looked at other lists and found some books that I will be checking out. However, here is my list (I am sure it will change the more I read, but for now – here’s what I have.)

  1. The Traveling Vampire Show – Richard Laymon
  2. Salem’s Lot – Stephen King
  3. Misery by Stephen King
  4. The Amityville Horror – Jay Anson
  5. Frankenstein – Mary Shelly
  6. Interview with a Vampire – Ann Rice
  7. 20th Century Ghosts – Joe Hill
  8. The Lottery – Shirley Jackson
  9. The Exorcist – William Peter Blatty
  10. Ghost House – Claire McNally
  11. Rosemary’s Baby – Ira Levin
  12. The Shining – Stephen King
  13. Interview with a Vampire – Ann Rice
  14. Darkness Tell Us – Richard Laymon
  15. Coraline – Neil Gaiman
  16. The Graveyard Book – Neil Gaiman
  17. Sybil – Flora Rheta Schreiber
  18. Dracula – Bram Stroker
  19. The Lord of the Flies – William Golding
  20. Heart Shaped Box – Joe Hill
  21. Where Are The Children – Mary Higgins Clark
  22. My Sweet Audrina – V.C. Andrews
  23. The Silence of the Lambs – Thomas Harris
  24. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Ken Kesey
  25. The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold

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