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56. Dr Forrest descends on the Marlborough Literature Festival: September 24 2011

I’m very pleased to have been invited to Marlborough for its LitFest 2011 in September, the second edition of this Festival chaired by the novelist Mavis Cheek, which has gathered a really splendid line-up this year ranging from Michael Holroyd and David Edgar to Deborah Moggach and Lauren Child, with your humble servant included to offer the audience a taste of the dark stuff…
Details and billing for my event are as below:

Richard T Kelly – The Possessions of Doctor Forrest
Marlborough Town Hall, upper floor Assembly Room
Saturday September 24: 12.30 PM
Introduced by Ben Budd
“Richard’s second novel, The Possessions of Doctor Forrest, draws inspiration from the darker side of Victorian fiction, a genre he will be discussing in Marlborough. As the story progresses, the truth about Forrest seeps into our understanding with increasing menace. Fans of Frankenstein, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, The Castle of Otranto or even Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series, will all find something fascinating here. But it’s definitely a graduation to adult gothic horror. Richard has written and edited several books on film. His highly regarded debut novel Crusaders explored the state of the nation, taking in New Labour, lawless estates and the decline of the Church among its themes.”

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54. Evanescence: Twilight of the Gothic, or the Gothic of ‘Twilight’…?

Currently I’m fretting away at a screenplay for The Possessions of Doctor Forrest, an engrossing if perplexing job of work that obviously proposes a very different set of challenges to those in writing prose – one amusing side-expression of which being that my relationship to music (how it helps to inform and influence the writing process and the product) undergoes a strange change…
I’ve already opined on this blog about Bartok and Ligeti and Ives, how their ‘sound-moods’ were helpful to my own temper when I was bashing away at the novel – a drawn-out process, a sort of letting-in of chilly spirits (where you’re unsure what goes in and what comes out.) But for sure, the rhythms of a film script are very different. And the dynamic arc of pop/rock songs – the short and sweet energy of riffs, even – can help to push proceedings along. Sometimes I find it useful to imagine what might be the 2 minute-12 second trailer (say…) for whatever sort of film it is that I’m trying to write… That little imaginative test certainly focuses the mind on ‘hooks’, visual and musical, the two being very commonly entwined in movies, genre ones certainly. And at such moments on this particular endeavour, I find myself thinking of the Arkansas-bred pop-goth band Evanescence.
It must be said that adolescent boys and girls more than any other demographic keep the gothic sensibility alive (or should that be undead?), its dark flowers perenially in bloom. To this end Evanescence have quite expertly put together a sound and an image, packaging a loudly emotive, doom-laden yet uplifting music for the Twilight generation (a group that could perhaps be characterised, per a remark attributed to Stephen King, as adolescents whose strongest feelings in respect of mortality, morality, identity, aesthetics etc are most likely bound up with whatever is their current Boyfriend/Girlfriend status. But I wouldn’t carp on this score, as I guess King was doing – if that’s what he actually said – since I know my own feelings were much the same way back in the dark ages…)
As far as I know, Evanescence are now a ‘band’ in the loosest sense since their founder-vocalist-pianist-lyricist-iconic frontwoman Amy Lee has for some time seemed to direct the show and hire in the supporting players. But quite apart from her clear talents in all of those departments, I suspect Lee’s flair for eye make-up and floor-length chiffon alone might be nearly sufficient to ignite the passions of her natural demographic following, which have been quite touchingly expressed on Twitter lately and collated by MTV as another album release draws near (“Her voice stirs my soul awake…” “…with the same darkly romantic, moody energy they’ve always had…” “Evanescence has carved its place in me; their sound has changed but I can’t deny Amy’s heart-achingly beautiful voice!”) No, I’m not inclined to be cynical about such feelings. (Whereas the Twilight books/movies I have neither read nor seen at time of writing, so could not possibly comment…)

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37. Doctor Forrest descends on the Marlborough Literature Festival: 24.09.2011

Not to urge on the autumn when summer has still to get started (and currently feels just as ‘dreich’ as that recorded by Grey Lochran in Doctor Forrest…) Still, I’m looking forward come September to taking my act to the estimable Wiltshire town of Marlborough where an excellent literary festival will be in its second edition. I am booked to appear at 12.30pm on Saturday 24 September in the Town Hall Assembly Room, tickets a snip at £8. My current billing in the festival newsletter calls it just about right, I’d say: ‘The Possessions of Doctor Forrest is Richard’s second novel and for anyone who’s a fan of Frankenstein or even Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight saga, this is not to be missed…’

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