My Literary Inspirations
Edgar Allan Poe is my favourite writer of all time and the reason for my love of The Gothic. His dark, twisted tales and exceptionally unique style of writing draws you into his world.
He is known for his poems and short stories focusing on mystery and the Macabre, and is considered the central figure of Romanticism in American Literature. Poe is considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre and contributor to the emerging genre of science fiction.
Edgar Allan Poe has directly inspired me to feel more free in the way that I write, engaging with topics that other creatives may stray away from and adopting different writing styles and techniques to fashion the mood and tone of the pieces I create.
Poe is also a key figure for me to follow because of his own battles with Depression and Alcohol and Drug addiction - his battle with Mental Health would have been seen as hysteria and psychosis, and ultimately he was rejected from Society. It is is important I write openly about my own struggles and the struggles I find so prominent in the world regarding mental health, and keep the conversation going so we can get closer each day to remove the stigma from each condition and develop treatments.
For my A-Level English Language coursework, I had to write a piece of discourse based on a writer of my choice. I chose Edgar Allan Poe's "The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether". The short story, "The Manifesto of the Corrupt, the Damned and the Beautiful" is featured on this website.
“I was never really insane except upon occasions when my heart was touched.”
Stephen King is one of the undisputed leaders of the Horror genre and is revolutionary for supernatural fiction, suspense, science fiction, and fantasy novels.
I enjoy King's work because he isn't afraid to push the boundaries of story-telling and creates these extraordinary literary worlds in which you can escape to (and never want to leave).
One of favourite novels is Stephen King's It ; the character, Pennywise the Dancing Clown, is one of the most terrifying, evil yet charismatic horror villains of all time.
I love the psychological-depths and gruesome corners of the book. It is an amazing read and I would greatly recommend it!
"Monsters are real, and ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes, they win."