30,000+ words printed out – and the editing process begins. I’ve been thinking up unsettling flash fiction inspiration, in case I have pieces I want to prune and need a pinch of inspiration. Here are some that might be useful – I try to steer away from cartoony horror and anything that revels in a straightforward othering as much as possible:
- Obscure phobias – as a jumping off point, not as the heart of the story
- This list of legendary monsters
- Listening to Fever Ray Daughter and Lana Del Rey
- Abandoned Geography
- The Temptation of St Anthony by Salvator Rosa, anything by Francis Bacon
- Hannibal (the TV show: lurid, beautiful and certainly unsettling)
- I’ve often had nightmares about Old American Motels, and I think a motel room, a tiny space, would be a perfect stage for a flash fiction.
- I think I’ve posted about What Monstrosity before? Still great, and ever-growing.
- This piece on 3: AM – ‘Lana Del Rey’s Lynchian Noir‘
- Three Oncologists by David Currie
- The magnificent Nourishing Death, a blog at the intersection of food and funereal rites
Of course there are loads more – the stories we read, a look on the face of a stranger, a misread sign. Any sources you’d like to add?