Monday, November 7, 2011

I Just Know There's A Book Waiting To Be Written From This....

It's no secret that authors pull ideas from real life -- and often that real life is some news event.  Even Charles Brockden Brown, who I believe may very well have been America's first novelist, got his idea for Wieland from a newspaper article about a real man who, rather like Andrea Yates a decade ago, thought that God had told him to kill all his children.
Less horrific but still an awesome idea for a novel is this little article I pulled from a yahoo news article this morning:

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's Interior Ministry says police have arrested a man who kept 29 mummified bodies at his apartment and dressed them up like dolls.
Ministry spokesman Valery Gribakin said Monday that the suspect from the Volga River city of Nizhny Novgorod dug up the bodies at several cemeteries in the region. The man, whose identity was withheld, dressed them in clothes dug up from the graves.
Gribakin said that the suspect is a historian who has authored several books. He said the arrest followed a police probe into the desecration of graves in the region, which was initially blamed on extremist groups. Nizhny Novgorod is located about 250 miles (400 kilometers) east of Moscow.
Russian media reports quoted police as saying that the man only had selected the remains of young women for his grisly collection.

Oh yeah.  This is definitely a novel in the making.  But I don't know if I'm the one who's going to write it or not.
But then again, it's sort of "A Rose For Emily," isn't it?  Maybe this is really just life imitating art.  Thoughts, anyone?


  1. is very much like Faulkner's famous story. Interesting.

  2. Would it be a comedy, a thriller or a horror?

  3. Or all of the above?
    Wieland is most definitely NOT a comedy.