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To me, this is beautiful.

Addendum: I remembered one of the things I was pretty sure that I'd forgotten. This comes from an interview with Guillermo del Toro, by way of blu_muse, and is his response when asked how often he hears questions like "Why actively put horror into the world? Isn't there enough already":

GdT: Very rarely, but I had to hear that for years from my family, especially my grandmother, whom I grew up with. She was on her deathbed, and I was showing her my portfolio of makeup effects and she said, 'Why were you never able to do something beautiful?' I said to her, 'To me, this is beautiful.' I think it's a very simple question and people have the right to ask it, but the answer is equally simple: Art is a reconstruction of the world, and violence and horror are absolutely as much part of the world as butterflies and happy faces. There are so many more people trying to sell us the bullshit that the world has to be happy and the world has to be sunny, and you have to have good breath and shiny hair. With this, we lose touch with imperfection and that makes for a really harsh, cold measure to live by. I think horror makes us human, because it reminds us of our imperfection.

That part about beauty really got me. I think, a lot of times, people look at my writing and see only "scary," not understanding the complexity of "horror," which, of course, must include "beauty." Narcissa Snow is a good example. I wrote her to be terrible, broken, insane, misguided, sadistic, monstrous, and so forth, but always, always beautiful in a senese far beyond and more profound than any simplistic concept of physical beauty (though, ironically, she has that, too).

Go write, Caitlín. Leave the people alone.

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orangeflckrgrin
Aug. 26th, 2004 08:16 pm (UTC)
I just thought I'd let you know that I received my long-awaited and long-anticipated copy of Murder of Angels.

*masturbates with book*

~80~
greygirlbeast
Aug. 26th, 2004 09:39 pm (UTC)
*masturbates with book*

Um...
troublebox
Aug. 26th, 2004 09:54 pm (UTC)
*masturbates with book*

Be careful. Those paper cuts hurt!
robyn_ma
Aug. 26th, 2004 11:23 pm (UTC)
simon pegg of shaun of the dead fame recently made what i consider a remarkably astute observation about horror — that it's a bit like comedy in that both have a build-up to a release, either a laugh (punchline) or a scream (shock). of course, not all horror or comedy is like that. but it was a connection i'd never seen made in quite that way before.

guillermo, i think, is simpatico with david lynch, who really knows how to lure you into seeing the beauty in what most others would find ugly.
greygirlbeast
Aug. 27th, 2004 01:05 am (UTC)
simon pegg of shaun of the dead fame recently made what i consider a remarkably astute observation about horror — that it's a bit like comedy in that both have a build-up to a release, either a laugh (punchline) or a scream (shock). of course, not all horror or comedy is like that. but it was a connection i'd never seen made in quite that way before.

Horror and comedy have a lot of common ground. You should read Jack Morgan's Biology of Horror (Southern Illinois University Press), which explores this connection (Morgan, btw, wrote the afterword for the subpress edition of Low Red Moon).
pinkteaset3
Aug. 31st, 2004 01:44 pm (UTC)
Thank you for posting Guillermo del Toro's quote. I'm printing it out & hanging it on my door.
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